Yeah, so,remember how my company was brought by another bigger company last year? Well, ever since then my company has slowly been turning into “Office Space.”
A few weeks ago I almost dragged our office printer out into a field to smash it. You’d think that something silly like an office printer not working wouldn’t be enough to piss me off, but considering that I work for a printing company I kinda think it’s bullshit.
I also have three different usernames and passwords to sign into the corporate email. This drives me bananas on an almost daily basis. And, in order to access HR information I have to use some sort of bingo card to enter in another password. It’s like playing “Battleship” but instead of sinking someone’s battleship I get to approve someone’s time-off request. Good times.
Oh, and by the way, the corporate email only works properly in Internet Explorer. I know, right? Internet Explorer! Every time you open Internet Explorer, Collective Soul adds another date to their reunion tour.
Yesterday, I was in yet another phone meeting with some folks in the corporate office in Minnesota when this happened:
Coworker: “OK, I’m going to task you with that, Sonia.”
Me: [tilts head like a dog that heard a strange noise]
Task me? I had to bust out my Office Space-to-English dictionary. Apparently, when you are “tasking” someone you are “asking” them. Why not just say, “I’m going to ask you to handle that, Sonia?”
I still like my job. I don’t mean to sound like I hate it there. It’s a good job, it’s flexible, and I work with some really cool people. Plus, I get to think about graphic design, printing, marketing and social media all day …when I’m not being tasked with something involving TPS reports.