Thursday, August 05, 2010

Blame, Generalizing

The best way to correct a fellow coworker's breach of library protocol is to send an email to everyone at your workplace reminding them of the policy that one person violated.  Humiliation is best served passive aggressively. And via mass email.

10 comments:

Dances With Books said...

In addition, after said e-mail, you have to hold a meeting. Then at that meeting, you have to come up with a way to rewrite whatever policy was violated in order to accommodate for the violation. In essence, change the policy to reflect the violation is no longer an issue (even though it was in the first place).

This actually happened just as I described in my library.

laura b. said...

haha! I'm so relieved to learn that doesn't happen only at the library where I work. Awesome.

Oleg K. said...

Reminds me of every time the fourth closing announcement is made over the PA to "send a message" to the ONE patron left in the library.

It's a people profession, librarianship is...Really and truly.

Emily Lloyd said...

Hysterical--happens at my library all the time.

Anonymous said...

God, it's such a relief to know my library is not the only one who does this.

雅佳謙筑 said...

Pen and ink is wits plough...................................................................

The.Effing.Librarian said...

careful, you're approaching actual library workplace behavior.. (get back to the silly behavior)

WH said...

sometimes I think we work in the same building...

Anonymous said...

My particular favorite is when someone leaves a big "yell-y" note to the bosses and "to whom it may concern," being careful to mention YOU and your honest mistake by name and then leaving the note at a work terminal in the back room where every co-worker WILL see it.

Library School Student (and Worker) said...

And I thought this was just us! Nice to know I'm not alone...

They haven't taught this to me in Library school, I should have them ammend the ciriculum...