My boss, Vanna

February 18th, 2008 · 66 comments

At Stanly’s office in Houston, the team has a whiteboard they update everyday with their accomplishments. Afer accidentally erasing his update, Stanly’s boss left him this message.

PLEASE UPDATE THE BOARD

Of course, Stanly had to return the gesture.

GOT 1 YESTERDAY SOMEONE ERASED IT!

related: the post-it wars

FILED UNDER: Houston · now that's management · office · rebuttals


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  • #1   Alix

    First post, woohoo!! I had a roommate who did that with post-its once. I really wonder about people, especially in a professional enviornment, that think writing one letter per post-it notes is an effective use of their time.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   park rose bang

      Maybe not an effective use of time, but sure is funny. Made me giggle. Stanly’s boss erased the update, right? I’m a bit confused.

      Feb 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   kdjfkljdfkl

      ALIX: will you be my boss? oh please?
      FIRST!!!! are you 12?

      Feb 18, 2008 at 11:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   sarcastic monkey

      In a professional “enviornment”, an email is usually the communication of choice…

      Feb 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   GVI bang

    When post-its attack.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   kingning

    All your post-its are belong to ning.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 7:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    Are these pix backwards?
    Shouldn’t the two monitor desk belong to the boss?

    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   ALA bang

      Nah – bosses never do enough work to necessitate the two-monitor desk. Is the boss updating the massive spreadsheet from hell? I think not.

      Feb 19, 2008 at 8:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   amy d bang

    W r i t i n g t h i s w a y t a k e s 2 l o n g .

    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Tyler bang

      I C O U L D N ‘ T
      A G R E E M O R E

      Feb 19, 2008 at 11:33 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   amy d bang

      T h a n k s f o r g e t t i n g i t e v e n t h o u g h W o r d P r e s s d i d n ’ t s a v e m y f o r m a t t i n g . I w a s p o s t i n g f r o m m y c e l l p h o n e , s o c o u l d n o t p r e v i e w o r e d i t . :D

      Feb 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Team Cassandra bang

      Y o u a l l h a v e t o o m u c h t i m e o n y o u r h a n d s ! M a y b e y o u c o u l d u s e t h a t t i m e t o c l e a n s o m e t h i n g ! ! ! T h a n k s ! ! ! ! ! :)

      Feb 19, 2008 at 12:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Think of the job security Stanly must have if they get to play Wheel of Fortune with post-it notes!
    Every office I was in almost rationed them!

    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Canthz_B bang

      Ohhh, now I get the Vanna!! Doh! :eek:

      Feb 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   anglophile bang

    I particularily enjoy Stanly’s use of the left-justified letters to fit “yesterday” and “someone” on his boss’s portrait-oriented monitor. I’m wondering if he did it that way the first time, or if he had to discard some improperly formatted post-its.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   kdjfkljdfkl

      he just covered the monitor in post-its, then wrote the letters

      Feb 18, 2008 at 11:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   anglophile bang

      Interesting theory, kdjfkljdfkl. However, the upside-down “o” in Got and the fact that the “s” in erased is on top of both of its adjoining letters leads me to believe my original hypothesis is correct.

      I concede the point, however, that I may have watched one too many CSI reruns. ;)

      Feb 18, 2008 at 11:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Suhayla

      There’s no such thing as “too many” CSI reruns.

      Feb 20, 2008 at 9:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   park rose bang

    Stanly streamlined his boss’ idea though. I guess that was economical.
    Boss: 20 post-it notes and two computers.
    Stanly: 29 post-it notes and one computer.

    Are the first 2 computers Stanly’s?
    The computer in the 2nd picture the boss’?
    If so, something seems wrong, though what the boss doesn’t have in size maybe he makes up for in depth and height. :?

    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Canthz_B bang

      That’s what I was thinking at #4, rose.
      Great minds. ;-)

      Feb 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Wade bang

    I am particularly happy about the backwards final Y in yesterday. Anthony Grosso would be proud.

    Thank you, Stanly!

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:15 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   GVI bang

      LMAO – Backwards Y

      Feb 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   C

      Any post that references the greatest moment in PAN history gets a double thumbs up from me

      USING TOO MANY POST-ITS IS KILLING ANTHONY GROSSO

      Feb 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Team Cassandra bang

    Getting Fired 101

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:30 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   RALPHY

    I’m wondering if he usually updates the board by getting a new one. But then the new one would be blank, which is worse than having old info on it. But then again—Oh forget it. Never mind.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Troy McClure bang

    I’m guessing there might be some Decemberists fans here?

    Four long years,
    Working hard for this P-A clown,
    When this appears:
    I’m swimming in post-its, just raining down

    Mr post-it man, must you write a letter per page?
    Mr post-it man, must you write a letter per page?
    A letter per page?
    The one who wrecked the board
    Was you, not me;
    Was you, not me.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   pry

    why does stanly have someone else’s certificate on his wall? is he sharing a cubicle?

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Writerrejected bang

    Remember in “Romy and Michelle,” when Lisa Kudro decided to tell everyone at her high school reunion that she invented post-its? I think she’d be proud of this post-its artwork.

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   pry

      no, no…kudrow was supposed to be the post-it *designer*. the other one was the *inventor*.

      ;) ha, ha…it was on TV last week.

      Feb 19, 2008 at 1:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   K.

    The boss’s computer looks like it is one of those fancy rotating ones and Stanly must share a cubicle. I think that makes it even?

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Meagan

    Is that a review mirror on the computer monitor? I don’t work in an office…is that normal?

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   kdjfkljdfkl

      i have seen those mirrors before. that way you can see who is standing over your shoulder before it is too late … gives you time to switch from surfing the net to doing something productive, like working for ALIX (see the FIRST!!!!! post here). My future boss, Alix. I can just see him as a manager … “get back to work you slackers!!! hold on … I gotta post to PA.com … I’m first woo hoo yeah buddy. “

      Feb 18, 2008 at 11:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Wade bang

      I don’t think so. It doesn’t bode well for office morale when you are compelled to install a rear view mirror on your monitor.

      I wonder if the boss has pointy hair.

      Feb 18, 2008 at 11:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   ALA bang

      I’ve worked @ a few places that give out the rearview–keeps people from sneaking up on you & scaring the crap out of you (particularly helpful if you have headphones on).

      Feb 19, 2008 at 8:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Queen Of Bunnies

      Amen! I don’t know how many times that’s happened to me… You would think I would be smart enough to get a mirror… However I just changed the placement of my monitor.

      Feb 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   aimee

    Stanley doesn’t have to have two computers. He just has two monitors… for working with lots of spreadsheets, for example.
    The first paragraph of the note is bothering me. If it was the boss that deleted the update accidentally, why would he leave such an aggressive note for Stanley? Was he going to explain he’d dun it but ran out of space/post-its?

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   cre8tivewmn bang

      I don’t think the boss deleted the update. As I understood it a third party erased it. Thus Stanley thought he was finished and boss thought he had never done the work.

      Time for another P/A sign about not erasing other people’s comments on the board….

      Feb 19, 2008 at 12:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   John in IL

    Stanly’s boss should be fired (if I understand this right). He haphazardly erases things and wastes office supplies. Post-It notes don’t grow on trees.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   posty

      actually the paper they’re made of does grow on trees :)

      Feb 19, 2008 at 10:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   summer

      cute

      Feb 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    A reply using cut-out magazine and newspaper words would have brought a call to security.

    Team go Post-it, not Postal.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 1:03 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Jennifer Beatty

      cute, real cute

      Feb 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Lurker

    I guess they don’t work for that company that got all pissed about the cost of color copies, if they can afford to waste Post-Its™ like that.

    (I actually buy my own Post-Its™ because I like the lined, popup kind and all the office buys are the basic piker model.)

    Feb 19, 2008 at 7:48 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   kdfjdsklfjlkdfj

      omg the pop-up kind … what a pain when you grab one of those instead of the regular kind and you end up with a slinky

      Feb 19, 2008 at 11:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   amy d bang

    I totally want to know what the extraneous post-it note on the bottom left of Stanly’s screen says. I looked at the largest version of the photo and still can’t read it. :(

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   claw71 bang

    OK, what company is this? I need to make sure it’s not in my portfolio. The economy is bad enough without grade school yahoos wasting time and office supplies on this BS.

    The regional manager should can them both.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Max

    I work at 3M …
    Thanks for using all of those Post-It Notes.
    Job security for me.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 1:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   amy d bang

    Now, I don’t claim to know what this means, but I think I’ve uncovered a code in their writings to one another.

    Boss Says: Please update the board

    Boss Means: Last hope bar a deep duet

    Stanly Says: Got 1 yesterday someone erased it!

    Stanly Means: Sot! I deem 1 day to see a green story

    Feb 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Ange

    I think the boss has too much time on their hands. And obviously this boss doesn’t care about budget cuz he’s wasting valuable $ on valuable post its.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 2:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Set To Evil

    It’s covered by Post-It’s, but can anyone see if there is white-out on the screen as well?

    Feb 19, 2008 at 2:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   mamason bang

    Daily updates of their accomplishments? They either have a very large board or are very low achievers.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   bamBAM!!

    Could he buy a conjuction?

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   bamBAM!!

    I guess Stanly only had enough money left for a number. To be fair, one does have 2 pricey vowels in it.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   JustWondering

    I just wonder if they know that putting the sticky notes on the monitor screen can damage it. Soooooo, not only are they wasting sticky notes…they might have to buy a new monitor. This boss must really not care about costs!

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   bamBAM!!

    Really, Post-Its? I mean, if you wanted to get the message across, couldn’t you just take sharpie ink to the picture of his son graduating from 8th grade??
    It could say, “Congrats, Bil- UPDATE THE WHITEBOARD-ly!” Then the retaliation would be all over the office chair, which would encourage doodlings of the boss’s ass. Like, “I ALREADY -3 -DID -3 3 3.- BUTT SOMEONE ER-3-ASED IT!!!”

    the 3′s are ass doodles. see? 3.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   mamason bang

      I think Stanly’s boss is an ass doodle!

      Feb 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   bamBAM!! bang

      fo shizzle.

      Feb 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   the dawd bang

    This one time in band camp… my boss wrote me a similar note. But he affixed the post it to my LCD screen before using his ball point pen (a red BIC) to inscribe his note permanently on my screen. Now and forever i am reminded to attach a cover sheet to my TPS report. :)

    Feb 19, 2008 at 7:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Canthz_B bang

    Well, it’s official…Everything is bigger in Texas! :-D

    Feb 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   summer

    What’s with all the cups on the boss’s desk?!

    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   bamBAM!! bang

      He gets thirsty for REVENGE.

      that was stupid

      Feb 19, 2008 at 8:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   Coke-aholic bang

    Has anyone actually priced those Post-Its? I bought some the other day and they cost twice as much as a pack of copy paper that was 8 times the size! Post It wasters should be put in the stocks during lunch as an example to others. It would be such good entertainment.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   bamBAM!! bang

      You could just buy the cheaper, less colorful, Safeway brand if you wanted to save money. But really, if you’re complaining about Post Its being too expensive, they’re the least of your problems

      Feb 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #36   kristin

    Whoa, i have that white plastic cup that’s on the bosses desk, GO SOONERS!

    Mar 12, 2008 at 11:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Erin

    Why does this look like my old office?? Gosh I hated that job!

    Mar 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Maya

    Ya know, I sent a link to this to my boyfriend a while back, and we agree: this company must be run by scientologists. If you work in a company that utilizes the “L. Ron Hubbard Business Technology” you might know what I mean.

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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