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...