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  1. Can he be sure he isn’t? He’s working for a company also employing THE squirrel: isn’t this evil? 😉

  2. It’s rare that I get a real laugh-out-loud from Reality Check. Bravo!

    In the office where I used to work, all the managers and supervisors had meetings all day, as a way to justify having so many of them. (“See? We’re busy busy busy!”) They wanted to promote me, and I said a great big no.

  3. Of the things that I miss now that I’m no longer a productive member of society, staff meetings are NOT among those. Any time I was asked by a supervisor regarding frequency of these, I always voted for “never”. I especially hated ones with “around the room” for any reason.

  4. “In the office where I used to work, all the managers and supervisors had meetings all day, as a way to justify having so many of them”

    I worked at Intel, and made this observation. You could accurately measure a person’t employment importance by counting the number of meetings they went to. At the bottom, nobody cared what they thought or had to say, so they didn’t get invited to any meetings. As they grow in importance, they go to more and more meetings, with the number of meetings peaking around nine per day. But then, as they continue to grow in importance, they become important enough to send other people to meetings in their place. Eventually, near the top, you get people who show up to only a couple of meetings per year.

    I had a boss who knew how to work the system. The company scheduled meetings for 12:00 to 1:00, and to get people to come to those meetings, they were catered (to varying degrees, depending on budgets). So my boss scheduled all our meetings for 1:00, and we’d arrive to a meeting room and descend upon the leftovers. Sometimes there wouldn’t be much, and we’d have to fight over whatever there was, and sometimes there was nearly a full spread. But it all went against someone else’s budget.

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