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Cold Callers

Ok, Cold Callers, the whole event annoys me. Firstly, the call. Always when I’m about to eat or leave the house or even ‘be romantic’ with Grumpy Almost Middle-Aged Woman!

Then it’s the sales spill ‘I’m not selling anything to you today’, no shit! Your not going to sell me anything period. Half the time they can’t even speak English, and before you all get on your racist horses, I include the British born callers, in fact they are the worse.

Then there this heavy, bullying tactics of a sale that really gets to me, and they are relentless. I told one the other day that I don’t want whatever they are selling  and I want to be removed from their list. He told me that he wasn’t trying to sell anything and wanted an apology of me! I demanded to be removed and he then hung up. 2 days later, they called again and it was the same person! with the same script! So if you can’t beat them (apparently it’s against the law) then play with them.

So this is what I do:

1) String them on, tell them your interested in whatever they want but don’t have time right now and ask them to call back in a more convenient date and time. I like to pick the times I know I’m at work.

2) Do the whole ‘yeah…..yeah…..yeah…’ then put the phone on the side and carry on with whatever you were doing. Check once in awhile if they are still there. Longest I had one going was around 14-16 minutes. See if you can beat that.

3) Pretend to don’t speak English and hang up, had quite a few trying to slowly but loudly repeat themselves as if that would help.

4) If you don’t have much time, pretend you can’t hear them, talk over them in an annoyingly  loud voice.

The idea is to try and piss them off more than they pissed you off cos the will be the only way to win.

End Rant

Ok, so yes, so and so is leaving and it would be nice to get them a gift and a card to show our appreciation of the time they spent with the company. I’m all for it, 100%. But.. why are you collecting from the staff? Surely this is a company expense? They worked for the company, not me (half the time I’ve never even heard of the person!) They are leaving the company, not me. It’s the company showing there appreciation, not me. So why do I have to stick a tenner in the box for Joe Bloggs in Sales (who probably earns double my wage) so we can buy him some useless crap that they don’t want.

And of course when it gets to my Birthday…….Nothing, just a ‘where’s the cakes?’ Cos I’m not in the ‘in’ group, yet I still have to pay for them. No! I say let’s make a stand, right here, right now. No more charity gifts for office staff. If the company wants to make a nice gesture fine, I’ll sign the bloody card, but if they don’t, tough!

End Rant.

Un-approachable Managers

I don’t get it. They get you to do a certain job. Fine, no problem, that’s what I’m there for. They pass limited information on what you need to do and send you on your way. You go and start but then questions are raised in areas that they

a) Forgot to mention

b) Didn’t Know about themseleves

c) Didn’t think was important enough to tell you.

You need the answers to continue so you request a meeting and ask your questions. Sounds simple?

Wrong! They seem ‘put out’ that you didn’t know the answer and had to ask, ‘Why didn’t you mention this in the brief?’ ‘Do I have to tell you everything?’ Well yeah, that would help really wouldn’t it, Gimp!

Maybe I always catch them on a bad day but then, when is a good day?

So, Managers! Get your act together and actually do what your title suggests and ‘manage’

End of Rant

Ranting

This blog has been setup so I can rant about anything that’s frustrating me at the time. Most of these rants will be just for me but some you may relate to and either agree or disagree with. I do believe that by venting your frustrations wether verbally to a friend or typing in a blog like this is healthier than bottling  it up all inside.

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