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Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

I dropped the c-word three times today at work.

Three times.

That’s a 300% increase on my usual c word quota.

(2 were under my breath, 1 was in the company of some very pissed off male work colleagues)

This is due to two reasons, a particularly douchebaggery email from someone higher up saying that we weren’t working hard enough because things weren’t getting done. And also over a very real possibility of being completely fucked over on a project I’ve been working on for literally months.

And by fucked over I mean someone else taking credit for my hard earned work, that was my initiative to benefit the business, that was all of my own work with so much background and research, that I’d worked so goddamn hard on.

Both of these things is professionally fucked up. But to have the first one when the guys and I work so bloody hard, like all the time. After hours, weekend work, through lunch breaks are all what we do as a standard.

But the second one really gets me. Although this (possible) thing hasn’t happened, and possibly may not, I have an awful sinking feeling that this is going to happen. And to be honest I’m devastated. I’m just really devastated that after working so fucking hard, for weeks and weeks, and doing some really great things, to have someone else claim it as their own just makes me furious and so very upsetting.

Because it’s a c*nt of a thing to do.

(Make that 4)

13 Comments »

Ross:

I suppose working a job with almost zero responsibility can not completely suck if it means I avoid situations like the above.

Bummer dude. But it sounds like you’ve got plenty of other options if people keep pulling that stuff on you.

July 10th, 2007 | 5:14 am
colonel eggroll:

What a bunch of bullshit! This is one of my hugest pet peeves. Riding on someone else’s coattails is not cool! Especially when the person acts like they did all on their own. It’s one thing to take inspiration from someone else, but give them credit, instead of acting like you did it yourself.

Sorry. I’m done ranting now. Hope things get better for you real soon.

July 10th, 2007 | 6:20 am
Steve:

I can totally relate to higher ups raining down their opinions of your work. I have a good boss now, but it the past I’ve not been so fortunate.

It totally sucks when people take credit for your work. I’ve had it happen to me at work and in a class. I always look so mature with a stuned expression on my face or yelling “Lair”.

July 10th, 2007 | 11:07 am
Winter:

Yeah what Colonel and Steve said, ETC!

Really, though, what kind of lowlife takes credit for some one else’s work?

I guess if the higher ups are getting crapped on for things not getting done they must feel it’s natural to pass the crap parade along down the line. Jerks.

July 10th, 2007 | 3:53 pm
stella:

Don’t stand for it Lucy, seriously do something about it – I cant stand seeing absolute Lowlives like this taking credit for it all. Seriously – DO something – it’s just not right otherwise.

I’m sorry. I know all about the cunt word at work. No asterisks there…

July 10th, 2007 | 4:08 pm
Miss Natalie:

Well, then that was very good use of the C word…

I’m not a fan and it’s use comes only when saying ‘*ex-BF name* the F’n C’ it just rolls of the tongue so easily.

July 10th, 2007 | 4:51 pm
Enny:

In my brother’s first week of his new job he exclaimed (when told about someones issue) ‘Wow – that’s a real punch in the c*nt’.

Way to make friends and influence people there, bro.

I do hope that it all turns out fine and you get the credit you deserve as that other person apologises for going to town on you all.

July 10th, 2007 | 6:05 pm
Mizanthrop:

Perfectly appropriate, that’s the whole point of saving that word up for moments of dire need…because situations like these call for something a little extra.

Here’s hoping that good triumphs over evil. Or that Karma deals them a crippling blow to the goolies.

July 11th, 2007 | 12:54 am
Adam:

You know if you come work for me darling that i’ll always take all the credit on your behalf…

Because you known better than most how much of a c#nt I am 🙂

But I can get away with saying that, because I know exactly how much it will take you to sell-out* 🙂

A

* Don’t think for a second I forget the BJ conversation about SK 🙂

July 11th, 2007 | 1:40 am
Chris:

Shit, shit, all shit.

Hope you manage to sort it out (by taking the other job, possibly?!).

It is strange; people are often complaining that the “C word” is offensive.

However, I have been struggling to think of an occasion where I wanted to call someone a cunt but didn’t want to offend them… It’s kind of what the word is for.

July 11th, 2007 | 6:29 pm
actonb:

Nice modelling of ‘How to build morale’ there from your boss…

Unlimited free coffee doesn’t make up for lack of support or leadership.

This sucks Lucy, but I don’t know what the asnwer is. Swearing under your breath probably helps though!

July 11th, 2007 | 6:51 pm
lucy:

Ross – And I agree wholeheartedly. If there was a job where I could the actual work I do (because I do love the actual work I do) that paid me the same money with no responsibility I would be all over it like white on rice.

Alas, there is not.

I have looked.

Colonel – That’s the thing, I mean I work on a lot of collaborative stuff and there’s certain things that people do that wobble over that line between inspiration and completely fucking stealing it. But if I get recognition for the work I do then I’m happy.

This was not how it was. I wasn’t even aware this project was being discussed, let alone launched without me.

I’m very territorial about my own work that I’ve done on my own.

Steve – Yes, the reaction is never something that comes out as planned. Purely due to the fact that you never expect to be shafted.

Except my reaction differed slightly from yours, in that I swore A LOT more.

Winter – I think it was made worse by the fact that it was my direct manager. Not just someone slightly attached to the department.

I mean he’s more than aware of how much effort I’ve put in.

Stella – The doing something about it is definitely in the works.

I’m waiting on a final offer. If it comes through (and I really hope it does) I’ll be walking, quite happily.

And thanks for doing the c bomb properly (I just got all coy about using it at the last minute.)

And just for you – cunt.

Natalie – I use it rarely.

It’s my special occasion swear word and if it’s used then you know I’m really not happy.

(Although I’m not sure I’ve directed it at anyone)

(Actually that’s a damned lie)

Enny – Is it sad that I think you’re brother is completely awesome for saying that?

Mizanthrop – Karma was actually served here.

I mean when you go into a meeting trying to sell someone else’s idea you’ve gotta make sure you know all the details.

Otherwise you just look like a putz.

Adam – I have to confess that your comment made me laugh my arse off.

(I’d been hoping you’d forgotten that conversation 🙂

Besides, I also remember what you’d do to sell out)

And we both know you wouldn’t do that.

Purely because even though you have been a bit of a c*nt at times, you just don’t have it in you. You’re too nice.

Chris –

It is strange; people are often complaining that the “C word” is offensive.

It’s kind of what the word is for.

I think this is one of the best comments ever on this page. Hands down.

Actonb – I know, he’s doing a good job, no?

The job is kinda like dating an arsehole who buys you really awesome things and takes you to expensive restaurants.

Sooner or later you realise you’re nothing more than a (corporate) whore

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