Friday, June 10, 2005

Working the Party.

Whoever says work related parties are a good idea should be beaten. I'm sorry, but the politics, the bullshit and all of the posturing that happens at work still occurs at such events. The only difference is, everybody is drunk while they do it.

We had such a party the other night. Everyone pretended that they'd loosened up and were "being themselves." It's not true. Everybody was conveniently dropping hints that they're doing great work in front of our advisor, who was also thrashed. This created somewhat of a battle of the drunkards. Who can kiss more drunk ass?

I stood in the middle of this bar, thinking how sad it is that people can't let their hair down for just one night. Instead, they all acted like drunken suck ups, trying to curry my advisor's favor, while simultaneously slobbering over themselves.

Believe me, the only thing worse than an sycophant is an inebriated sycophant.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortanuately that stuff works on some levels. The less time a boss has to think about the individuals under him the easier it is for people to manipulate his views of his subordinates. The ultimate is when he repeats things you told him to you like they were his ideas. I know that I have recieved bad mouthing from people to my boss that he accepted without even thinking about as the truth without giving it a seconds thought on how reliable the source.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

These people probably do not have anything else in common and the only thing they can talk about is themselves :)

3:16 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I understand...Sycopants of the world, regardless of your labels, unite!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Raine said...

A sycophant that can't hold his beer AND slobbers--not that would be worse.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Its hard to tell if they are slobbering when they have their heads stuck up an advisor's, um, well you know.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

I think that this ties into people taking their careers too seriously and not spending enough time actually living.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the way of the world...anytime human being are involved. I like Moose's comment and is worth thinking about.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That is too bad that office politics can't be left alone for one night. You would have thought drinks would have helped somewhat.
I am lucky that when we get together at parties they are non work related and work isn't brought up that much. And if it is, it is just bitching. But working with a whole lab full of women is another story.

7:54 PM  
Blogger thc said...

I'm certain I would agree if only I knew what a sycophant was.

8:03 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I'm very happy to not be involved in inter-office politics. Office "parties" are scary. If you happen to do anything out of sorts, it will be remembered by everyone there for the rest of your career. But it is interesting to see how they are using their intoxication to make themselves look good in front of the boss.

8:04 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

That is funny. Here is what I would do.

1. Buy a digital vloce recorder. You can get some cool James Bond type voice recorders that look like an ordinary pen.

2. Record some of the drunken ass kissers.

3. Play the recordings back at work on Monday. Or put the MP3 files on the internet and post "anonymous" fliers all over the office with the web site to find the recordings.

That would rule. You should so do that next time.

12:14 AM  
Blogger RT said...

I understand the whole office party/kiss ass thing in theory, but thank goodness I've never had to deal with it, lol. In 99.9% of the jobs I've had, we all got along pretty well and did stupid stuff on a regular basis... So when it came to having parties, we just get stupider :o)

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason I hate work parties, and don't go, is because nothing of substance happens there. I used to go, but people sit around and don't say squat that is worth thinking about or taking home with you. Yet, when I quit going, they act like I committed some mortal sin. One teacher reportedly told his class, when talking about the lack of young teachers at our school at the time, that "Hamel doesn't count. He doesn't go to any work functions."

5:02 PM  

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