Seeing the back and choosing not to stab



  • Boss is trying to skype an under-performing colleague. He tells me to find him.

    Note: I am also annoyed at all the extra work this guy is creating for me. I won't go into details here, but let's just say I won't be sad when I no longer have to collaborate with him in the same code base.

    I find him on the terrace, having a smoke. I tell him to get on Skype, then go to report back to the boss. What do I type?

    Option 1: "He is taking a smoke break, I told him to ping you once he's done"
    Option 2: "He's coming"

    Option 1 was soo tempting. On top of disliking how nonchalant this guy is with his duties, Boss hates smoking. This would nicely undermine the underperformer further towards his inevitable firing.

    I went with option 2.

    I don't want to become that backstabby Boss's pet guy, no matter how annoyed I am with my colleagues. I can see how easy it would be to slip into that role, though.

    This is just a little PSA to get you to always think about your actions towards your colleagues. Even innocent little choices of wordings can lead to the ugliness of office politics.



  • I'll probably choose option 3, "He is taking a smoke break, I told him to ping you once he's done"

    That'll explain the delay and prevent your boss get mad at you by the waiting.



  • @cheong said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    I'll probably choose option 3, "He is taking a break, I told him to ping you once he's done"
    That'll explain the delay and prevent your boss get mad at you by the waiting.

    I would also consider that slightly backstabby, as we are officially not supposed to have "breaks" (other than lunch break).

    See how easy it is?



  • Option 4: "He's wasting company time and he said you could fuck off."

    Cat amongst the pigeons.





  • "He's putting out a fire at the moment; should be with you shortly."

    :trollface:


  • mod

    @cartman82 said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    we are officially not supposed to have "breaks"

    Why do you work there?


  • Dupa

    @Yamikuronue said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    @cartman82 said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    we are officially not supposed to have "breaks"

    Why do you work there?

    They let him code in JS. Wait, that's not a reason to stay!…



  • @Yamikuronue said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    @cartman82 said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    we are officially not supposed to have "breaks"

    Why do you work there?

    Exactly what I think.

    Breaks, especially coffee breaks for some of us, is essential to boost up / restore our productivity.

    Better persuade your boss to read some modern management books.



  • @cartman82 said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    Boss is trying to skype an under-performing colleague. He tells me to find him.

    Note: I am also annoyed at all the extra work this guy is creating for me. I won't go into details here, but let's just say I won't be sad when I no longer have to collaborate with him in the same code base.

    I find him on the terrace, having a smoke. I tell him to get on Skype, then go to report back to the boss. What do I type?

    Option 1: "He is taking a smoke break, I told him to ping you once he's done"
    Option 2: "He's coming"

    Option 1 was soo tempting. On top of disliking how nonchalant this guy is with his duties, Boss hates smoking. This would nicely undermine the underperformer further towards his inevitable firing.

    :grinning: :imp:

    I went with option 2.

    :face_palm:
    Why? we were so close to get another juicy interview drama



  • @cheong said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    Exactly what I think.
    Breaks, especially coffee breaks for some of us, is essential to boost up / restore our productivity.
    Better persuade your boss to read some modern management books.

    To clarify, there is one "official" lunch break, but of course you can make coffee/bathroom/other breaks in between. Also take a walk, or go out early or whatever.

    The problem comes when you take a break every half an hour and then go out early, while there's a client yelling over the feature you screwed up and your colleagues have to clean up your mess.

    BTW, the under-performer is almost giddy every time there's even a hint there might be a bug in my code. He obviously doesn't appreciate me, as the project leader, cleaning up after him and telling him how to do things correctly (= my way).

    Nope, I won't be sad when he's gone. Office politics consumes us all in the end.



  • @cartman82 So it should be fine afterall to mention he's taking a break while you told him the boss is finding him.

    If he made the boss wait for too long, it's his problem.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @coldandtired said in Seeing the back and choosing not to stab:

    Option 4: "He's wasting company time and he said you could fuck off."

    Is this a poll?

    If it is, can I vote for #4?


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