Some of the funniest, saddest, most surprising things get shared during workshops I facilitate. Over the last month, here is a sampling of some of the things I’ve heard:
1. During a time management workshop, a participant shared this story. She was having problems with her computer, a member of the IT department was there taking a look at it, and because he was there, she asked if he would help move the computer to another area of the desk in order to work more efficiently. He kindly agreed to do so. Later that day, she was called in to her manager’s office for a disciplinary meeting. She had not asked for permission, in writing, to move the computer. Forms needed to be completed, signed off and then forwarded to another department for approval before assignment to a member of the IT team. After demonstrating how the new format would help make her more efficient, she was allowed to keep the computer where it was … but the reprimand stayed in her employee file.
2. A manager shared that a co-worker came to her office, dumped some papers on her desk and said “My time is too valuable to spend on this. You do it.” Ouch … really?
3. And to end with a little chuckle … A sales coordinator provided a very welcome humor break during one session. He shared that one of the regional sales managers needed some reports from their CRM and asked him if he could “copulate the report”. He was so taken aback he thought perhaps he had the meaning of copulate wrong so he Googled it and nope … he was right! It was an email request; it’s in writing. I’m guessing the sales manager meant populate. Oops.
Do you have any “People Say (or do) the Darndest Things” stories to share? We’d love to hear them.