Work Party Stories
These are always entertaining. Enjoy some workplace party tales, or share your own.
Where Would You Hide?Lets play a game.
If you wanted to hide from the boss where he/she couldn't find you for as long as possible...where would it be?
I'll lead off!
In the building where headquarters is located, one of the top floors isn't finished (the economy) yet the doors are unlocked and you can get there using stairs.
Not many people know about this.
On that floor is a wiring closet, the wiring closet also has a ladder which you can climb up through a 'fire panel' and then there is a catwalk which leads to the area where AC/Heating is and there is....a small office!
Not much to it, a desk, a chair and an AC outlet
I have often dreamed of being 'John McLane' fighting off terrorists and running down that catwalk...
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Posted by kc on 07/02/2009:
I Can't Believe How This Happened...At one of the sites I support they put my name on the companies email system so my customers can easily contact me.
In truth, it is more of an annoyance to me because if I do not login for a while there can be hundreds of emails waiting, mostly spam.
Another problem is that one of the engineers at the company has a similar last name to my own and so I will occasionally get email for this person and will have to forward it.
Last week, an email came through to a group of people praising the group for the work they did on a project that was very profitable for the company. As I read the email I realized it was intended for my doppelganger and not myself.
However, I knew most of the other people on the project as I had worked with them previously and had attended 'after hours' celebrations, etc.
So, feeling frisky, I fired off a reply to everyone thanking them for their participation and that I could not have led the project to its success without their help.
I laid it on really thick! I even mentioned countless sleepless nights working in areas that could not even be measured yet they were crucial to the success.
I then hit send.
In a few moments, my buddy's replied 'tongue in cheek' that they appreciated all the hard work and they hoped I would be recognized for my contributions.
Then, replies started coming in from upper management...THANKING ME for the work I did.
I began sweating...uh..oh...
One of the 'big guys' stated he was going to be sure that the President of the company heard of my work and I would get a plaque!
I quickly printed the email and went head in hand to a local manager who I use as a contact. I showed him the email string and he began laughing. In fact, he began slapping his desk with his hand as he roared with laughter.
He told me he would take care of it and said it would be a great story for the morning meeting.
I plan to be real good from now on!Read 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by HaveADamnNiceDay on 03/09/2009:
party leftoverAt my workplace where moral is going downhill fast. New boss try to create special occasions so that people gather and enjoy a little treats here or there. A birthday list is compile. However, the person in charge of birthday list only invite her own group to every party behind closed door, enjoy their cakes, disposed of unwanted cakes to reception, bring out leftover cakes to reception so that rest of people could clean up for them.
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Posted by thelma on 04/14/2008:
Seriously--My Boss is the Best Person I Know and I'm So Lucky!!!I went to my Boss' x-mas party Fri. eve. I ended-up getting pretty ripped--when I was going to leave she had her boyfriend drive me home and one of the other guests drove my car.
I called my Boss the next day and apologized. She said, "My daughter was as drunk as you...the only difference is is that she had her husband to drive her home." My Boss also said, "It happens to everybody---don't give it another thought" and the like. She was really kind, gracious and forgiving.I was just too tipsy to drive--I didn't say or do anything really bad.(Although I do think that this is awful and am mortified at myself!)
I had left my phone at her house. To make a long story short, I had to go to her house to get it. She opened the door, I gave her a huge, long hug that she returned and I said again that I was sorry. She said, "Now this is the last time you are going to say that you are sorry." She was so nice to me.
She then proceeded to tell me that she and the other workers--she is the Boss and including me there are 3 people that work for her--wanted to have pizza soon to exchange gifts. The Boss for the past 2 X-mases has had only us over and we exchanged gifts. This X-mas it was a party that included others so we didn't want to exchange presents at her party--we needed a separate setting/celebration. So the Boss asked me to call the Manager to tell her my schedule so we could plan this. The Boss is totally working around me--I have a full-time job and this is my little part-time gig--so we are all having pizza for lunch later this week.
When I left the Boss' house she called across the street to me, "Do you know how late the party went?" I said, "No." She said, "Until 5 a.m. and there was much raucous behavior--I will have to tell you about it..." I jumped up and down and said, "Thank God it wasn't just me!" And she laughed.
I am really lucky:) And I really believe she doesn't hold it against me--she is an artist and really down to Earth.Read 1 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by the confessor on 12/27/2007:
Administrators: Some swear like pirates and punish and others just leave early to go home and pukeSo at the Boss' Retirement Party--he stated to the audience of hundreds--including politicians that he was going to use some graphic language. He used all those words--F---, MF----, etc... when reminiscing about his career experiences.
He said that he was sure that half of the people who attended were, "S.O.B.s that just came to make sure he was leaving."
And one Administrator stayed-out until the wee hours and had to leave work one and a half hours into the workday the next morning due to a super hangover.
Boss had sent out a memo several days before the meeting that was to take place the morning after the party saying the type of meeting had been changed--to one in which he would speak the entire hour. At the party, he told all the employees that they did not have to come in for the meeting. So those who did not attend the meeting did not know, and showed-up for a non-existent meeting. So obviously this punished all who did not attend his party.Read 12 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by bigblue on 05/04/2007:
Present (gift) and/or present (attendance) for the retiring BossIt's no secret--I don't like the Boss. He is retiring and I have worked with him for a little over 17 years--10 of those years where he has been my Boss.
Because we are gov. employees--every party is paid for by us personally(which in checking JobSchmob stories about Christmas parties this is not uncommon in the Business World either).
So my question--when you have to pay your own way to attend the Boss' Retirement Party--is the gift included in the "fee" for the party? Ours is-Almost $50.--for the party and gift although nothing is broken-down as to what sum is allocated for either--just nearly $50.--No mention of what gift is. Just wondering how things in this situation are where you work.
Thanks Schmobbers. Although I don't like the Boss--he has served decades.Read 6 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by twiz on 03/21/2007:
Pee partyWe were having a Christmas party at my company. I excused myself to go pee. What I really did was spit on the cake, all over. And they all ate it. Read 5 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by the confessor on 09/17/2006:
New Year's Office FiascoHappy New Year Everybody! Johnny Fastlane here to tell you the story I think of every year at this time:
Thinkin' about New Years reminds me of the time a bunch of my coworkers and I snuck off to the supply room to partake in 2 bottles of cheap champagne out of foam cups. It was about 3 PM on New Year's Eve and most people in the office had dissapated and the floor was pretty quiet. The boss was gone for the whole week between Christmas and New Years so we figured there was some fun to be had during this rare "cats away" week. Well about 4 PM, we were still in there when the boss decided to stop by the office supposedly to pick up some papers he left in the office. Well, when he got there, the floor was deserted and he began to get pissed off thinking we had all left for the day without his permission. Then he heard the din of his employees half cocked on cheap champagne having an office supply war in the supply room. Rubberbands, paper clips, post-it's you name it, we were throwing it. As they say, it's all fun and games till...SOMEBODY GETS HURT. And on this occasion that somebody happened to be the bossman! Pissed off, he flung open the door of the supply room to see 8 of his employees all champagned up and whipping supplies at each other. You guessed it, as he opened the door to release holy hell on his staff, a mousepad came whipping through the air like a frisbee and hit him on the side of the face. Needless to say, this just enraged him more. My friends, let me tell you, his rage was met with absolute dead silence. We were all in shock! I personally thought it was a bubbly champagne hallucination but quickly realized I was wrong! He just kept screaming the word "OUT!" over and over as we hung our heads and filed out of the room. What we thought was going to be a great "play day" turned out to be a complete buzz kill. He had us file into a conference room where he lectured us for 2 hours like a dad who lectures his teenage girl the first time he finds out she snuck out of the house. There was a lot of words and phrases used like "can't be trusted", "disappointed", "disgusted", "never in my life", blah blah blah while we're all trying to come down from our champagne. Now, I was about 24 at the time, but between the 8 of us, the average age was about 40 and 2 were older than the boss, so the whole situation was excrutiatingly akward. When we all returned in the new year we were on our best behavior for the next few months till he asked to be transferred out and we finally got a cooler boss who would participate in the fun.
Yeah, we were having fun, but so what, it was New Year's Eve and most of the office was allowed to leave anyway. There was no work to be done, believe me. Anyway, I still get a smirk on my face when I think about it. I firmly believe that you got to have fun at work! Yeah get your work done and then who cares if you release a little stress afterwards, it only makes you appreciate your job more. That's what I SAY ANYWAY!Read 5 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by Walk The Planks on 12/28/2005:
Immature Boss and Co-WorkerMy boss is a very immature and insecure individual who is also very lazy. When she felt she had too much work to do and it cut into her social life at work, she convinced her boss she needed to hire an assistant. The assistant began work two months ago and neither one of them now has enough work to keep them busy for more than half a day. However, my workload has doubled now that I have two people giving me assignments. I have requested another secretary be added to the staff, however my request has been denied.
I do as much work as I can each day but do not overextend myself. The most difficult part of working with these two "kids" is remaining in a good mood and not tell them what I really think of them. My inbox (NO exaggeration) is stacked up with work that is 10 inches high! I am approximately 4 weeks behind on my work; but do I get help from the kiddies? NO, of course not.
They spend the majority of their day giggling and visiting with each other or with other people in the building.
If I approach my boss requesting assistance, I usually get the deer-in-the-headlights stare and nothing more.
Fortunately, I will be able to retire in two years, and at this stage of my "work-life", I will stay where I am. Since I began working in an office back in the 60's, I have been witness to the decline of quality managers. There used to be managers who were mature, intelligent, dedicated, respectful and actually worked! Their number one goal was not to screw off all day.
In all fairness, let me also say that it is not just the managers who have lousy work ethics anymore, it is also the majority of employees who spend the majority of their day wasting time. Employees used to believe they were paid to work, now most employees believe they are paid to screw off. Instead of working 8-5, most start the day by visiting with each other or playing on the internet or sending personal e-mails. The actual time dedicated to real work is appoximately 3-4 hours a day.
I will not be sorry to get away from this mess!Read 3 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by the confessor on 11/16/2005: