Saturday, October 24, 2009

Corporate insanity, and this time I really mean it!

One of the better things about the humble company which employs my services is that the culture around working hours is not ridicilous. Usually the office starts to clear out from around six and after seven it's usually pretty empty in the office. However, there are a few departments and specific individuals who are knows for putting in extreme amounts of overtime, specificially Ms. Keitai in the logistics department and Capt. Awkward in the Quality Assurance department. Cpt. Awkward in specific thrives on overtime and even if he doesn't really need to he still works until the last train or later, he is known for having slept under his desk almost as routine for a while and as far as I know it's still nothing unusual. Ms. Keitai's overtime hours are more driven by necessity and not by an inclination to work until midnight most days of the weeks and quite often on Saturdays as well.

With that background laid out, post 8pm the office is usually populated by the two individuals above while everyone else has moved on to bigger and better things outside the office. Up until recently this has been peaceful, both are basically pretty nice people and even though they hardly are friends they get along fine and have some form of depraved solidarity with each other during the late hours.

However, recently Ms. Keitai brought up to me how things have taken a turn for the worse, with Cpt. Awkward constantly under quite a deal of stress and pressure from varying places, it seems like he has started to slip and the mask is cracking now during the after hours. Ms. Keitai mentioned how things could be calm and peaceful at around 10pm, with both of them working on their stuff silently, when all of a sudden Cpt. Awkward lets out a very loud haunted moaning "uhhhhhuuuuuhhhhh!!!" and then starts to shake violently in his seat for a few seconds, followed by him sitting completely motionless for a minute or so before resuming work. When asked if he's ok it's apparently met with a short "I'm fine".

I've been joking about "corporate insanity" before, but I have a feeling that this is the real deal...

6 comments:

ThePenguin said...

Maybe someone is forwarding him some really dreadful jokes?

Quality Assurance Solutions said...

Just normal QA behavoir. Responsible for company's actions beyond thier control. He has the CA (corrective action) shakes

Martin J Frid said...

I had a boss for a while in Tokyo who would start pouring high grade sake after 7pm. Great inspiration to get staff to stay a little longer.

Anonymous said...

hahaha.. someone who is working with me has a bos who is mostly popping up only in the last 20 min in the shift end.(the bos likes to run in G-star and white-byker clothes btw)

standing in a front, watching us close together with his shoe-lickers.. waiting, who will start pack his tools the first. most workers leaving the hall per backdoor feeling themselfes like criminals dared to work for money.

where was i.. ohyea, inspiration.. well, the last time when my brothers brother needed freetime because of a cancer-surgery of his relative it was told someone should be happy to have a job at all.(getting something about 200-300 euros more than social welfare is realy something you have to give up your cancer-realtives.)

soo is "the hit a bos with a hammer" not that bad inspiration after that all.

jlpt-2kyu said...

Martin - you took the words right out of my mouth! my sentiments exactly!

Mr. Salaryman said...

Penguin - Yes, yes, better than the friend I told about this how immediately responded with "he's jacking it, that's clear!"

QAS - Yeah, this is actually very very likely, especially considering that he only knows about half of the shit that is going on since some people have gotten into this habit of thinking "he'll just say no, so let's not check with QA and just do it instead so he can't be such a bore"...

Martin - Yes, but I can see how output takes a turn for the worse by 8:30pm...

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