Thursday, June 14, 2012

Washed up on the beach

Another day, more trivia to deal with, less accomplished.

I'm working on a team project. A complicated bid solicitation has to be put together to be posted online.

It's amazing how some members of the team don't stop and think things through. One team member was asked to provide charts and diagrams. He delivered them by dropping printed versions into my office mailbox. How does he suppose I'm going to include this in the online document? Please copy the files into the right directory, sir!

Another person was charged with putting together a list of recipients for a mass mailing. She put together the list of names. I suppose it would be too much to expect her to put together a mailing list, but for heaven's sake, you'd think she could have at least included the mailing and email addresses!

The work slows down considerably when the person charged with writing parts of the document claims not to know how to use Microsoft Word. So she writes in longhand on yellow paper and expects someone else to enter her words. It gets pretty inefficient when this person copies pages of text in longhand that she pulls from a printed Word document, and then can't refer the poor typist to the original document to copy and paste.

Finally, we were charged with making the draft document as perfect as possible before presenting it to the boss for review. We were even admonished to make sure that all the embedded hyperlinks were correct. Then, we were asked to print off a hard copy to send to the boss for review. Umm, about those hyperlinks?

Clearly, I need to step back and look at the big picture.

And, oh, how big it is!

What bits of flotsam have washed up on your sandy shores this week?


smalltownme said...

Oh my, that's all so frustrating! And how can anyone not know Word in this day and age?

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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I like the big picture!

The little picture reminds me of when I used to work for a living. Which was bad. On the other hand, I got paid, which was good.

Cassi Renee said...

Digital immigrants. Working with people at different stages of digital immigration can be VERY frustrating!

Also, working with people who think someone else will take care of anything they don't want to deal with? Maddening.

Anonymous said...

I so feel your pain. I am amazed that someone who can't use Word even has a JOB in this day and age.
I have no complaints this week, none at all, the world is wonderful and I am in perfect harmony with it. Did that sound believable?


Anonymous said...

I hope none of these people know about or read this blog! That could prove to be very uncomfortable at the workplace, at the very least. And are you familiar with "Petite Anglaise"? Well, she got a multi-book deal out of it, so maybe you're on the right track...

M. Bouffant said...

Hell is other people. Esp. if you have to work w/ them.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Not know WORD?!?
Hard copy with hyperlinks?

Let's meet for a drink.

Aunt Snow said...

Anonymous 2, I appreciate your concern, thank you.

Lynda said...

Actually, it's hard for me to believe those people are actually able to keep their jobs. Or that they were hired in the first place, as it sounds like they're pretty much clueless. Makes it hard(er) on everyone else.