As you may know, it's not unusual for an IT person to be a bit sarcastic. Something I've learned is that’s it's sometimes better to keep my mouth shut and just don’t say anything. This really saved me the other day.
A girl called me and asked me to come up to a conference room to help them plug in a laptop to the projector. This is something that happens all the time, and to be honest I'm a bit tired of it. What can I do right? Well, I went to the conference room and plugged the laptop in without too much trouble.
I was so close to saying something about how hard it can be to find the hole. Maybe we should hang up an instruction on the wall with pictures of the children's game where you put triangle formed bricks into the same shaped hole and so on, " if you can do this, you can do this:" and a picture of the cable and the contact.
Then I looked around and saw that they had company, some external people so I thought that a comment like that wouldn't be appropriate and the girl is really nice so I don’t want to sound to mean.
When I came back to the office and described the whole thing to my colleagues, one of them said:
He: Ah, yeah I don't understand how they don't understand how to do it. We have showed them, told them, made an instruction and everything. It makes me want to be sarcastic, but we can't be that with her.
Me: why not?
He: Well, you don't want to mess with your boss's daughter right?
Me: my boss's daughter?
He: Yeah she is the corporate director's daughter, didn't you know?
He: he he well it's smart to know, just in case
Lesson learned, always be nice to people. Especially those you don’t know
IT-Shizuma 22 years old from Norway.
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