Maintaining order in the workplace is trickier than it sounds. You’ve got to be firm, but flexible at the same time or you risk the entire company plunging into chaos! Okay, so many it’s not that serious, but the best way to avoid awkward situations between superiors and workers is to have clear boundaries. However, in this case, the manager definitely decided to make an exception…
The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office.
“What is your name?” He barked at the new hire, focusing more on the papers in front of him.
“John,” the new guy replied.
The manager scowled. “Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority,” he explained matter-of-factly.
“I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?”
The new guy sighed and said, “Darling. My name is John Darling.”
The manager said, “Okay, John, let’s go over your new duties and sign off on your assignments for the day…”
I’ve heard this joke a dozen different ways, and it doesn’t matter what setting it’s placed in, it always makes me laugh!! The “big, mean manager” is off to start a strong and clear relationship with this new guy…but instantly loses ground! What would you have done if you had been that manager? I would have been embarrassed!
To see more inspiring articles and uplifting content, check out Happy Tango every day! If you loved what you saw here then like and share this with the links below!