Sock It To Me

Sock It To Me

#248 Sock It To Me

Guys, normally I staff meetings feel like such a waste of time. There’s usually only about 5-10 minutes of something interesting, then it becomes a drag. I don’t know what happened, but the latest staff meeting some how got me hooked. I have no idea what these puppets were talking about, but I was mesmerized. I hope that management sees this and decides to put on a variety act à la The Muppet Show every time. #pleasegod more like #deargod

Also, I’m sorry that I haven’t posted a comic in a while. But I have been working on a super secret new project that I hope to share soon.

242 Meet of the Matter

Meet of the Matter

#242 Meet of the Matter

Have you ever worked at a place where communication was not valued at all?

We’ve all been there before. There are meetings that are a complete waste of time because you have no stake or contribution. There are meetings about meetings about meetings.

But what about the meetings where stuff can actually get accomplished? Those are the meetings that this comic is about. Some projects are highly collaborative and require multiple forms of communication, especially if there isn’t a clear leader. That’s right. If there is no one leading, then everyone is leading. Therefore, everyone has a say in how things get accomplished. That sounds like the definition of collaborative to me.

It’s been extremely difficult because leadership does not understand the value of communication or collaboration. It seems to be expected that everyone to be a drone. And as I look around the office, I clearly see the “robot” personality type — keep to yourself, check-in, then check-out kind of people. My team is the opposite and it’s scare for leadership because it puts them out of their comfort zone. But some projects need communication and collaboration.

Shoot. If I wasn’t working on the same thing with these people, we would probably NEVER meet. I would become a lonely drone in an endless sea of cubes.

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234 Any Minute Now

Any Minute Now

#234 Any Minute Now

Guys, I wrote this comic yesterday morning.  Sure, I’m reusing a bunch of panels from previous strips, but sometimes the story just writes itself. And here’s the funny thing: this LITERALLY HAPPENED to me in real life yesterday afternoon. You know the saying, “truth is stranger than fiction.”  You can’t make this kind of absurdity up.

The sad thing is that I knew a few weeks ago that there was a 90% chance this would happen.

231 What Meow?

What Meow?

#231 What Meow?

Have you worked on something for so long that you actually begin to hate how it’s turning out? And sometimes all you can do is polish a turd. Sometimes all you can do is come to terms with polishing that turd until it’s so smeared and spread out that it’s just everywhere and a mess. I guess, if that’s what they’re paying me for, right?

Now to get used to the smell.

Data At Work

Data At Work

#228 Data At Work

Is there something oddly satisfying about data entry? What about data management? I mean, at some point everything starts to run together. And every time that happens, I think about this.

227 Project Requirements

Project Requirements

#227 Project Requirements

Growing up, Dilbert never really made much sense to me. But now that I’ve spent some time working in a couple different different industries and on different types of projects, it makes too much sense. Why is the workplace like this? Why do we always say yes to something before thinking about it first or, at the very least, give meaningful consultation on what can and/or should be done.

But it’s true.  It’s all true.

Dilbert project requirements comic

“Out to Lunch”

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First of all, these photos were all taken before work actually started. Often times I have the privilege of opening up in the morning, which leaves me a few minutes to get settled in before having to start doing stuff. And doing stuff makes you crazy. The busier things get the harder it is to stay sane…especially if you need to keep track of multiple unrelated things. In order to do that you have to be organized and being organized takes a lot of effort.
Yes, people talk to themselves. I didn’t used to, but now I do. I have to. It’s the only way to make sense of things. Amirite?