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to be pissed off about the kitchen politics at work

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caterwauling Mon 10-Dec-12 10:38:28

Grrr...bosses PA has sent round a snarky patronising sexist email, complaining about the state of the kitchen...

This is after 3 snarky patronising posters she put up to the same effect

Its not her fecking kitchen is it? Control freaky freak!

people can surely stack or not stack as they see fit??

Ephiny Mon 10-Dec-12 11:23:39

It sounds a bit ranty and unprofessional, and over-personal, like she's projecting her own issues onto other people (e.g. the wives/mothers thing).

Not really appropriate for work. What's wrong with a quick note to say please remember to clean up after yourselves?

mrskeithrichards Mon 10-Dec-12 11:23:49

Totally not witty I can't be fucked with people like her.

mrskeithrichards Mon 10-Dec-12 11:24:17

I also suspect she needs more work to do.

renaldo Mon 10-Dec-12 11:24:36

YANBU I hate these irratiting messages -
jsut lave a note reminding everyone ot clean up

YouOldTinsellySlag Mon 10-Dec-12 11:27:04

If she was a manager and spoke down to people like, they'd be taking out grievances. If I was her manager I would tell her to adjust her tone. You should treat colleagues with respect whether you like them or not and this tone is just bitchy and not appropriate for an office.

bamboostalks Mon 10-Dec-12 11:27:15

Terrible way to communicate, dreadful email. Someone who thinks she is far funnier than she is. Not remotely amusing.

MadSleighLady Mon 10-Dec-12 11:28:52

Doesn't make sense. Is it definitely in the cleaner's job description to wash up? If so, and assuming people aren't leaving nasty half-eaten meals on the draining board to make his/her life difficult, then the email is a bit random and she just isn't aware of the cleaning arrangements for some reason.

Suggest you send a reply-all asking for clarification on the acceptable height limit for stacking, because I'd be prepared to be she has one.

squeakytoy Mon 10-Dec-12 11:29:31

If she is a PA, then it is quite possible that her boss dictated this email and she is simply the messenger.

MadSleighLady Mon 10-Dec-12 11:30:22

And yes, the tone is ranty and unprofessional. YANBU there at all.

caterwauling Mon 10-Dec-12 11:34:02

i dont object to her asking for the kitchen to be kept tidy (although, it really is already confused) It is the tone/sarcasm/condescention that she uses which makes me mad

and no, she isnt just the 'messenger' Boss looked a bit 'here we go again' when she brought it up in the morning meeting

caterwauling Mon 10-Dec-12 11:35:24

yes, it is cleaners job to wash up...i questioned this recently as I was suprised that cleaner washes more than cups. She told me it was cleaners job...

caterwauling Mon 10-Dec-12 11:36:03

Terrible way to communicate, dreadful email. Someone who thinks she is far funnier than she is. Not remotely amusing

^^this is how I feel

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 10-Dec-12 11:37:44

I'm a secretary in an office full of men. With two notable exceptions - one being the MD who is not above cleaning the kitchen area, I'm Lways the one who comes in to tea Gs in the sink, dirty coffee spoons and drips on the draining board etc.

I might use this myself - good on her.

openerofjars Mon 10-Dec-12 11:40:55

One of the cleaners where I work put up a note that started, "Fairies and elves don't come here at night to scrub your dirty pots and put them away...". I bloody love her.


MadSleighLady Mon 10-Dec-12 11:45:14

I guess stuff left in the sink would bother me too, because that gets in the way of refilling the kettle. It would also bother me if there wasn't enough clean stuff for me to use, regardless of whose official job it was to clean it.

But so long as everyone's not sharing the same teaspoon and used stuff is on the side, any remnants in the bin, ready for the cleaner to wash I can't see the problem. It's not anyone else's fault if she's suddenly decided the established cleaning arrangements don't suit her.

She sounds like she just enjoys getting the hump really.

trudolphtherednosedreindeer Mon 10-Dec-12 12:01:35

Buy a basin to put the dirty stuff in so it's less visible. It can live on the draining board til the cleaner comes to wash up.

Problem solved grin

No need to thank me but I prefer chocolate to wine or flowers.

kakapo Mon 10-Dec-12 12:02:57

Pictures, I imagine you'll get a much better response if you just rask them to clean up without getting sarky.

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 10-Dec-12 12:27:22

Tried that. It doesn't work.

kakapo Mon 10-Dec-12 12:28:54

The sarky note won't work either though - they'll just think you're a knob and enjoy leaving the dishes there grin

caterwauling Mon 10-Dec-12 12:36:50

Yep...Im afraid that the sarky emails and posters have had a detrimental affect on my standard of kitchen tidiness..I know its juvenille and irritating but there you go!

freddiefrog Mon 10-Dec-12 12:46:02

I know how you feel

A lady I used to work with years ago drove everyone mad with her control freakery over the stacking of the dishwasher and regularly put up notices and sent round emails

We all put our own stuff in there after use, and once full, the last person to put something in there turned it on. Everyone wiped down surfaces and cleared away rubbish after themselves

Worked well for years until she decided we were all stacking the bloody thing wrong

Then she moved on to the fridge

TuftyFinch Mon 10-Dec-12 12:48:02

Well you could have cleaned the kitchen instead of posting on here. I hope you're on your break grin

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 10-Dec-12 13:11:08

I was and have already washed up twice today.

Sokmonsta Mon 10-Dec-12 15:49:04

Yabu. I worked in a male dominated office and no one did the dishes, even the couple of women who worked there to be fair to the men. They kept joking it was 'women's work' or mine as the then office junior. I soon stopped it though. I had my own crockery which I used, washed then kept in my drawer. I suggest if you have an issue with people complaining generally then you do the same. That way you know you won't be responsible for the mess and can be smug and ignore all calls for the dishes to be done/left tidy.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 11-Dec-12 12:55:02

My colleague does that dokmonsta as he got do fed up if there never being anything clean.

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