A story was shared by a lady on how she did not put her words across to her colleagues in the way it was intended and it resulted in her colleagues thinking that she was involved with their boss.
In the end, everyone had a good laugh about it while it remained awkward for her.
Here is the story
“I’ve been having an extremely busy time at work the past few weeks due to an increase in my responsibilities and staff shortages due to the pandemic infecting many people in my company.
Three of the top performers in my department are out for a couple of weeks.
At today’s leadership staff conference call, the issue was raised by a couple of other managers that I’ve been delegating some of the responsibilities normally handled by my department to others that aren’t suffering from the same staffing issues that I am, and they aren’t pleased with that, despite the fact that it’s just a temporary fix.
Normally, I wouldn’t delegate and would step in and cover the workload myself, but I recently was given a role by a senior manager, we’ll call him C, overseeing the compliance aspect of my business unit.
So when asked to address the complaints, I was a little frustrated.
In the past, I’ve happily accommodated similar requests for help from them when they were in similar circumstances.
Trying to keep my anger in check, I said, “Listen guys, I’m sure you’re aware that I’m juggling a lot of balls at the moment, C’s in particular and I’d appreciate if you could just provide the support I need for a few more days.”
There was silence. Then someone giggled. Then everyone started laughing, and my brain finally caught up with what I had just said.
After everyone had their laugh and settled down, we moved on to the next topic. I didn’t say a word for the rest of the call.”
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