I rarely talk about work on my blog because I don’t think anyone would find it particularly interesting, but today I was privy to a conversation that had me in stitches. Without going into too much detail, a dialog between a small group resulted the most junior member delivering an absolute zinger.
I should predicate this, by sharing this was a virtual meeting that took place via conference call with all parties dialing in to meet. At one point, a senior manager pushed back on a more junior member (while the request was not unreasonable, it was clearly something the senior member should be managing).
After being asked to manage the task in question the more junior member said with amazing sincerity “that type of responsibility is beyond my pay scale.” -OUCH-
Perhaps if you don’t work as I do with most of your meetings over the phone you cannot appreciate the type of vacuum this creates with everyone simultaneously gasping then hitting mute on their phone so they can laugh in private and not appear unprofessional. Maybe the story won’t translate as hoped, but it still has me in stitches while I type this.