Episode 28: “If you weren’t my boss, I might flip you off.”

You’re wondering about the title of this blog, right? Well, those words weren’t MY words. They were the words of my coworker, and yes, they were to my boss. It was in a meeting today. It gives you an idea of what meetings are like with my coworkers. And today’s meeting went long.

Our meetings NEVER go over. At least not with just my department.


It’s true. Seriously.

Times are changing around here and I’ve got my fingers crossed that when Millennium happens, we don’t all melt in the fire.

It’s a bit esoteric, I know. You don’t understand why I’m talking about Millennium and the possibility of following the fate of the Wicked Witch of the West. But, it’s true. We might melt. Please don’t throw any water on me for a while.

Or as my boss put it… we might turn into jell-o.

That sounds delicious.

This is what happens when a company nears the implementation of a three-year, millions-of-dollars project: a project that revolves entirely around a system called Millennium.

People get rather edgy, tempers flare, somebody came to my desk today nearly crying (please don’t cry at work and let ANYBODY see you), and earlier today, my coworker publicly declared her wishes to flip off my boss.

It is interesting to see how people react to stress. And isn’t it so nice to have added stress to the “stress of the holidays” by this HUGE project?

Yes. Very.

Here are the ways I have noticed that my coworkers react to stress (which one do you relate with?):

  • Excessive laughter
  • Sleepiness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Shrug your shoulders when anybody asks a serious question
  • Quickly change the subject
  • Smoke
  • Drink
  • Yell at family
  • Cook in the middle of the night
  • Refuse to shave
  • Refuse to shower*
  • “Be sick” or take an unapproved vacation
  • Work excessively
  • Swear
  • Blame others
  • Don’t have a clue what’s going on
  • Complain
  • Make long lists on your blog about coworkers’ inabilities to cope with stress

*Okay, this is a lie. As far as I can smell, nobody is skipping showers, THANK YOU.

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