Miss Kubelik, one doesn't get to be a second administrative assistant around here unless he's a pretty good judge of character, and as far as I'm concerned you're tops. I mean, decency-wise and otherwise-wise.

- C. C. Baxter, The Apartment

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

what do you mean

i really like my boss. she's kind and understanding that we're all human beings and she's extremely smart, quick and organized, but for some reason there's this communication issue between us. when i started, i thought it was because i was getting used to the accounting lingo again, but i don't think it's that. i actually think she doesn't understand most of what i say.

for example:

with all the year end paperwork coming to a close, it's time to make sure all the files are moved and we're fully prepped for the upcoming year. my plan was to get it all finished and organized today, so yesterday, as my boss and i were leaving, and i knew she was coming in late this morning, i asked her if i could go into her office while she was away and change out last year's financial statement folders and put in this year's empty file folders.

she looked at me and said, 'last year's folders?'
me: yes, we talked about it a month ago - the file cabinet in your office -
boss: right...
me: i made the labels and have the folders ready for this year's financial statements.
boss: okay...
me: so i was wondering if, tomorrow morning, when you're out, is it okay if i go into your office and swap out last year's folders -
boss: swap them?
me: put this year's folders in your file drawer and take out last year's -
and then the elevator doors opened and i stepped out.
boss: i'm not sure what you mean - just ask me tomorrow.
for the life of me i don't know why offices get a bad reputation for boredom and frustration.

but i haven't asked her about the folders today.

i also made a joke earlier and the receptionist said i should be in 'show business.'

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