Every week, Danny Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe discuss a Prudie letter. This week: the job proposal.
Danny: I THOUGHT YOUNG PEOPLE WERE ALL ABOUT WORKER SOLIDARITY THESE DAYS
aren’t all kids communists??
Nicole: (With kids now but am prepared to dunk happily later!)
Danny: sorry i’ll let you do kid stuff now, we can come back later
Nicole: I’m FIRED UP, leave it in the chat but yes
Danny: nice to know there’s a fresh crop of bootlickers with every generation
Nicole: JEEZ, wow.
“Working over the weekend”
Danny: I almost want to encourage her to float the proposal
just to imagine the look on her managers’ face
Nicole: “Fire these non-producers, these triflers”
“With their frittering online”
Danny: “Hey, you should reduce your entire department to one, thereby rendering your own job sort-of irrelevant too”
Nicole: Guess what! A of all; not happening. B of all: you’ll do 4x the work for maybe an extra five bucks an hour!
Danny: for a job you don’t even plan on keeping
Nicole: and just … do your work; ask for more if you are bored?
This is not your business!
Nicole: ughhhh this PERSON
these are their LIVELIHOODS
Danny: and the ageism and sexism of calling them all “ladies” repeatedly while casually contemplating getting them all fired
Nicole: like that means NOTHING to you!
Danny: I get that you’re young, but this is a really worrying combination of foolishness, cruelty, unnecessary snooping, and bad judgment; this is a great way to make sure you burn bridges and engender mistrust with your colleagues and I don’t want that for you.
Nicole: What a good lesson to learn early on
Danny: And like, worst-case scenario, if you worked at the kind of place that WOULD accept your proposal, you would be working for evil idiots who create four unnecessary positions for a single employee’s worth of work, then fail to realize they’ve done so until an unscrupulous recent hire encourages them to fire the rest of the department.
Danny: this is something Pete Campbell would try to do and then get yelled at for forty-five minutes by Roger or somebody
Danny: this is extremely Not-Joan of you