Reflections of a
Burned Out Manager
Do not sit unless invited to do so (and rarely
will you be invited to do so). In fact, take that
chair with you when I finally kick you out of my
office in hopes of preventing other people from
Do not express your concerns to me unless I am
your direct manager, as I dont have the
authority to do anything about them. I dont
care that your supervisor is in a meeting or on
vacation. Just because Im closest to the
door doesnt mean I provide a service for
Do not ask me about an email that you just sent
me and then proceed to tell me the contents of
that email. I either already responded or I havent
been able to deal with it yet (or I deleted it
for being decidedly irrelevant).
Do not wander in to just say hi or
anything else that requires me to conduct small
talk. I am most likely working on a very
important spreadsheet/report/training manual/Facebook
status update that needs my undivided attention
and relentless concentration. You are taking away
time that I will never get back.
Do not ask me questions that you can figure out
yourself (e.g., How do I reset my password?
Why wont the printer print?
Why does this copy machine keep jamming?
Is that a Coke or Pepsi machine in the
lounge?). Demonstrate that I did not have a
lapse in judgment when I hired you and seek out
the answers yourself.
Its not my job to fix the copy machine.
Side note: Repeatedly slamming the drawers while
you search for the errant crumpled sheet of paper
will only anger the machine and cause it to jam
Dont complain about your earnings. If you
can make more money working elsewhere, then go
Dont just take a second of my time
when I am on my way to the bathroom. I WILL PEE
Dont linger in the doorway and chat me up
under the guise of expressing interest in the
agenda for the next department meeting. Nobody
cares about the agenda for the next department
meeting. I know youre just trying to figure
out if the meeting will end early so you can keep
your dinner reservation. Stop insulting my
Thank you for responding to my requests. But
could you please do as instructed? You are not
the only person who works for me. Compliance: We
all have to do our part.