December 14, 2004

Tuesday Turbulence


Have you ever dealt with truly incompetent people? Of course you have. I've dealt with a myriad veritable plethora lot of them today. Their intentions were good but it was still frustrating. Although it gave me a chance to do my damnit Jim, pull yourself together man routine a few times (this came as a shock, since this person was neither a man nor named Jim). But what point do you justifiably turn to someone and say you know, you're a nice person and all but you really truly suck at this?

Posted by Chris at December 14, 2004 04:28 PM

Vulcan-pinch that joker in the neck for being retarded and tell 'em the clingon's made you do it.

Posted by: Colby at December 14, 2004 04:37 PM

If I cursed like you, Chris, my mom would wash my mouth out with Irish Spring, but at least it taste better than Ivory, because it sucks as I know!

I don't think you should tell them they suck, just say I think you can do better, someplace else.

Posted by: Rockchild at December 14, 2004 04:49 PM

Isn't there a law that businesses have to employ a certain number of incompetent people? Frequently in management positions?

Posted by: Amanda at December 14, 2004 04:58 PM

The point at which you tell them they suck is when you first meet them. Then there are no surprises.

Posted by: Nick at December 14, 2004 05:02 PM

incompetent people suck!


Posted by: dewnut at December 14, 2004 05:21 PM

I suppose that question all depends on whether said incompetent person has any say in your pay scale.

Posted by: Jazzy at December 14, 2004 05:21 PM

Shortly before you fire them.

Or, if they are your superior, shortly before you quit and/or are fired by them.

Posted by: Dawnie at December 14, 2004 05:39 PM

Why it's just after you bitch about them on a website, of course. :)

Don't worry Chris, it's five o'clock somewhere.

Posted by: Tami at December 14, 2004 05:59 PM

I'd ask them if they like what they're doing. If they say yes, you shut up. If they say no, you might suggest they'd be happier doing something else b/c their talents certainly aren't being utilized here.

Posted by: Bond Girl at December 14, 2004 06:46 PM

for me that was right before the "I want a divorce" part =]

Posted by: kimberlee at December 14, 2004 07:50 PM

I had a four-hour two-person meeting today in which we argued profusely with the technology we were using. I was so dang tired by time it ended (half an hour ago.)

Posted by: Heather at December 14, 2004 09:28 PM

You'd be surprised what I say to people in my inner monologue! One day when tired, this slipped out, "well aren't you just a ditz!" Thought I said it to myself, oops I was wrong! The person was offended.....go figure teehee!!!

Posted by: Nina at December 14, 2004 10:25 PM

On an unrelated note: The Musical Box show sold out all three shows....... I NEVER GOT MY TICKETS!

Posted by: tesco at December 14, 2004 11:37 PM

Sometimes it just has to be said.

Posted by: DeAnn at December 15, 2004 02:32 AM

There's a person here at work we've discovered has been deliberately ignoring instructions. And is dating a big-time boss's kid. *sigh*

Posted by: Sue at December 15, 2004 07:06 AM

i'm having a somewhat similar issue at work. a friend of mine works under me and i've only recently realized that she is really not on the ball with things. how can i let her know that, 'while i like you as a friend, your work sucks right now and i really don't want to give you a bad eval, so get with it!' (without hurting her feelings or our friendship)?

Posted by: Priscilla at December 15, 2004 09:09 AM

LOL. Their faces must have been priceless. I've been tempted several times to say things like that. But then again usually I'm the one freaking out.

Posted by: Pixie at December 15, 2004 10:48 AM