I’ve had minimal contact with the new boss, apart from a few emails exchanged in regards to scheduling a few things on her calendar, canceling some others. Blah, blah. Nothing much.
Today she comes to ask me about a meeting I scheduled at least a week ago, that she accepted (she handles all her meeting requests) to ask me who this person is that she’s meeting with. (the other party requested the meeting) The other person is part of the department, works for one of the other bosses. So I’m thinking how long has she been here, and she’s asking me who this person is? The meeting in question had to do with getting a recommendation from her for this other person to be on some committee or something, not quite sure ’cause I really don’t care. But why, you may be asking, does she wait until the day of the meeting that she herself accepted to question it? Beats me.
So she starts going through her little iPhone looking at her calendar, giving me alternate times to move this meeting to for whatever reason and she rattles off a few times she finds acceptable. I questioned one of the times she gave me because big as life and twice as ugly she had other meetings on her calendar during at least one of those timeframes, but also claimed to have something where nothing was showing scheduled.
“Did you want it at 10:30?” I asked.
“No, I have something then. Between noon and one o’clock is good.”
There’s nothing booked on her Outlook calendar from 9:00 – 12:00, after which point she’s basically back-to-back with meetings for the rest of the day. “Noon?” I asked, just to be sure we were both looking at the same day.
“That’s what I just said, isn’t it?”
“Yes, but you have …”
“Oh yeah, the blahblahwhatever thing. I don’t actually go to that.”
Now, I read. All kinds of things. Books, magazines, short stories, Tarot cards. But the one thing I do not read is minds. I guess I was supposed to know by osmosis that the 12:00 – 1:00 recurring meeting on her calendar is one she never actually attends. Think I should just ask her to point out to me which meetings on her calendar are bogus for future reference? Keeping her calendar is a small part of this mostly data entry job. Should we start taking bets on whether I last a year here?
I did, however, show the office manager how to do something in Excel that she wasn’t able to figure out, so points for that, I guess.