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Programmer has a witty response to strict work timings set by micromanaging boss

The employees were yielding better results with the flexible working but when the same was revoked, they had a clever reaction.

Programmer has a witty response to strict work timings set by micromanaging boss
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels| Mizuno K; Reddit | u/TheBigCahoona43

Workplaces have conduct and ethics that everyone follows for stability in the environment. However, flexibility, respect and comfort are other aspects that everyone should consider for efficient workflow. Reddit user u/TheBigCahoona43 shared that when the latter was tampered with, the team came up with a hilarious and smart response. As a software developer, the employee mentioned that their company prioritized quality work instead of sticking to the rules. “My team had always been pretty laid-back, focusing on results rather than the exact hours we were glued to our desks,” the employee said. They added that this method was working well for them and their clients.

Representative Image Source: Pexels| Christina Morillo
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Christina Morillo

When a new project manager, Dave, came into the picture, he was big on ideal workplace protocol and wanted to “micromanage” everything. “He’d schedule unnecessary daily status meetings, demanded we fill out hourly work logs and insisted that everyone strictly adhere to 9-to-5 office hours with minimal breaks,” the employee mentioned. The programmer then highlighted that the manager enforced a bizarre rule. “During one of his infamous ‘efficiency crackdowns,’ he sent out an email with a new policy that all coding must be done strictly within office hours to ‘ensure collaboration and supervision,’” the employee added.

Representative Image Source: Pexels|  Djordje Petrovic
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Djordje Petrovic

They explained that this was a predicted failure since maximum productivity was achieved through their flexibility at work. “This was ridiculous because creative work like coding often requires flexible hours for maximum productivity. But Dave was adamant and he ended his email with, ‘If you think you can find a loophole, think again. Follow the rules, or we’ll find someone who will,’” the post mentioned. The employee then decided to listen to the new manager and started working on the clock between 9-5. “If I encountered a bug or was in the middle of a complex piece of code? Too bad. 5 PM means the end, no matter what,” they said.

Representative Image Source: Pexels| Diva Plavalaguna
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Diva Plavalaguna

The rest of the team wasn’t on board for being micromanaged and decided to do the same as their fellow employee. “Projects that usually took a couple of weeks started dragging on. Tasks that we could have completed in days with a bit of overtime took much longer because we couldn’t capitalize on the bursts of late-afternoon productivity we were used to,” the employee explained. It caused a setback for the entire company and their work. The upper management called an impromptu Zoom meeting at 4.30 PM on one of the days to address the issue. Though the employees explained the situation, Dave berated them and blamed them carelessly.

The meeting went on, but as soon as the clock struck 5 PM, each employee had the same thoughts. “As the clock struck 5:00 PM, one of the employees spoke up, ‘In compliance with Dave’s 9-to-5 rule, we must log off now.’ Without missing a beat, every team member clicked ‘Leave Meeting,’ leaving a stunned Dave to face the executives alone.” the post read. The manager had no choice but to revoke the policy following the event and results. u/2ndhandembarrassed said, “That was like a beautifully executed synchronized swim.” u/Mapilean wrote, “This is great, not the least because everyone complied.”

Image Source: Reddit|u/One_Tart_9320
Image Source: Reddit|u/One_Tart_9320
Image Source: Reddit|u/Quirky_Olive_1736
Image Source: Reddit|u/Quirky_Olive_1736

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