A few days ago I received an email at work, from the facilities manager. He said somebody is going into one of the bathrooms — a men’s room not far from my desk — and knocking a hole in the drywall. Then they’re smoking cigarettes, and attempting to hide it by blowing smoke into the hole, and up between the walls. The hole was repaired once, and immediately opened-up again. He wanted me, and a few others, to monitor that restroom, and see if we can identify the culprit.
That was a good one, and caused me to shake my head in amazement. Today I’d like to invite you to share a few of your work emails with us. I don’t want anyone to get into trouble, so feel free to edit names, etc., as you see fit. I’m especially interested in the following:
- Ball-busting, laying down the law, and that sort of thing. So much the better, if it’s about something trivial like the break room fridge or a missing tape dispenser.
- Baffling, out of context messages that couldn’t possibly mean anything to us outsiders.
- Any kind of weirdness, like my story above.
Or, anything else you’d like to share… Again, I don’t want anyone to get into trouble. So, no trade secrets, or potentially-libelous messages, please. We don’t need any of that. Let’s just celebrate the foibles o’ the workplace. Know what I’m saying? If you don’t have access to the email itself, feel free to re-create it, or simply tell us about it.
And I’m going to the undisclosed location now, and get crackin’ on the book project. I have to turn in a packet of stuff on September 3, and am feeling the pressure. I’ve got a lot of work to do, and the clock is ticking.
I’ll see you guys again soon.
Have yourselves a great day!