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Took ds in to see my work for the first time, and someone complained!

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bran Thu 09-Jun-05 16:19:20

The people in my dept were really keen for me to bring ds in, and as it happened something went wrong with one of my projects that they needed my advice on so I went in this morning. Admittedly I was there for longer than I intended because the woman who is now doing the project with the problem had something urgent that she needed to do first, and ds is quite 'chatty', but I was a bit shocked when the office manager phoned my boss to say there had been complaints. I know who it was, she's one of those people who is very controlling and I suspect very unhappy in her private life as I've never seen her smile or even look relaxed. She would be very pretty except that her face is already set into frown lines (of the bulldog chewing a wasp sort), and she's only in her early thirtys.

In my more noble moments I feel sorry for the whingey old bat (OK young bat) because she's so unhappy whereas my life is fab, but every now and then a smile breaks through because I can't stand her and my ds obviously really annoyed her, even while he charmed everyone else.

bootsmonkey Thu 09-Jun-05 16:23:15

Stuff her!

tarantula Thu 09-Jun-05 16:23:31

at anyone complaining. The only reason that anyone here complains about kids coming in is that ALL the girls dissappear to coo and the lads actually have to do some work for once

They didnt take the complaint seriously did they?

Fio2 Thu 09-Jun-05 16:25:27

what abitch, but still at least you have kept that wicked sense of humour

Windermere Thu 09-Jun-05 16:26:45

What a stupid cow!! My ex boss complained when someone brought their baby in. People like that need to get a life.

chipmonkey Thu 09-Jun-05 16:27:16

On what grounds did she complain? I mean, WHY would anyone have a problem, fgs?

hotmama1 Thu 09-Jun-05 16:29:52

What a sad cow - someone who obviously needs a good sh*g - but obviously isn't getting any.

I'd keep this in the back of my mind and when I went back to work made sure somehow that I would get my own back - bigtime. (Not that I'm a bunny-boiler or anything!)

lima Thu 09-Jun-05 16:34:33

sm shocked - -bringing the new baby in was obligatory at my old office

lima Thu 09-Jun-05 16:35:08

am, not sm - in case anyone was wondering

bran Thu 09-Jun-05 16:38:00

She complained about the noise chipmonkey, he wasn't crying but he is quite loud when he's excited and lots of people were playing with him. This woman's whole dept complain quite a bit because they used to have their own little office which was very quiet, but there was a big move around when we merged with another company and now they sit in the big open-plan bit just under the balcony where my dept are, so they went from just the 8 of them, all very quiet, to about 50 people and lots of noise.

However this particular woman really complains, that people walk too close to her desk on the way to the kitchen, that people talk too loudly (me amongst others), that if you're laughing uproariously you can't be working (me again). I think you get the picture.

I knew she wasn't happy as she gave me a dirty look the second I walked through the door. I can't wait to bring him in again. My biggest regret is that she very rarely does quant work, so doesn't need help from my dept (statistical analysis) as they would all take great pleasure in telling her where to go.

bran Thu 09-Jun-05 17:32:38

Hotmama1 , just read your sh*g comment. I have to admit the thought did cross my mind , but I actually think she's just generally dissatisfied and even what you suggest might not make her happy, it probably wouldn't be done to her high standards.

Blu Thu 09-Jun-05 17:36:23

So, you went in, in your own time, to help out and advise, and she complained that you took DS with you?
I hope your boss gave the office manager an earful to pass on to miss pointy face.

Nightynight Thu 09-Jun-05 17:54:21

Not surprised you wanted to share that one bran! I'd be hopping. Hope it hasn't spoilt the visit too much for you.

wysiwyg Fri 10-Jun-05 11:46:01

Definitely needs to get a life.

MandM Fri 10-Jun-05 12:09:38

Take him in on a weekly basis until you go back!!!
You're actually doing her a favour, giving her something to complain about. People like that are never content unless they've got a reason to moan.
So in actual fact, she should be thanking you for making her so happy!

popmum Fri 10-Jun-05 12:37:09

where do you work Bran? sounds like research to me?

bran Fri 10-Jun-05 12:39:27

Yes, Popmum, market research. I don't want to name the company, but if you're in the industry we used to be TRBI, and now we're owned by a new kid on the block starting with S.

Gobbledigook Fri 10-Jun-05 12:42:50

Oh I'm trying to think now....I work in MR as well but mainly for a company in the North West beginning with A if you know it! It's healthcare.

Your company wouldn't need any qual support would it? Or would that mean working with the miserable young bag?

popmum Fri 10-Jun-05 12:43:20

i understand - are you going back to work? is this your 1st?
I have just left an large well known inde company to be with my daughter more often (had been there for ages and was bored really)

bran Fri 10-Jun-05 12:52:25

GDG, I can't think of it but I would probably know it if I heard the name. I'm a specwriter (statistical analysis) and our uk data collection is done in-house so I hardly ever have contact with other uk agencies.

This is my first popmum, and I'm having a year off, due to go back in May 2006. It's hard to say because it's early days yet, but I think I will go back but more part-time (I was 4 days a week anyway). I really like the team I work with and my boss is anxious to have me back because it takes to long to train someone up to his high standards, so he's already saying that he will be as flexible as possible about hours etc. If he weren't there I'm not so sure I would go back as he is great at protecting his team from the worst of the inter-departmental politics that so many companies have.

popmum Fri 10-Jun-05 13:37:55

Good luck - I looked for part time jobs on the mrs website and there was one - so i think really the only way to work part time in MR is via your own job!

Janh Fri 10-Jun-05 16:29:40

LOL at the shag not being up to her high standards, bran!

Cow.

(OTOH, imagine being that tense and miserable all the time - must be hell - almost feel sorry for her. Almost. )

Twiglett Fri 10-Jun-05 16:36:58

am so glad I don't work anymore and have a totally different life

my job used to be so pressured I have a horrible feeling that my attention span and tolerance for small children in the office may have been really similar, especially if I had a deadline

thank god my life changed now my attention span and tolerance for small children is .... ahhh ..no hang on a minute ..

ssd Sat 11-Jun-05 10:32:00

Bran take your ds into the office more often and tell us if miss uppity is still moaning!

I bet she'd change if she spent 2 minutes playing with him.

janx Wed 15-Jun-05 13:37:26

Funny enough I went into work the other day for a meeting (going back in Sept) and my department complained because I didn't bring my dd in!!

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