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From the Manager’s Book of Quotes for Inspiring Workplace Paranoia

November 9th, 2011 · 43 comments

Writes our submitter in Madison, Wisconsin: “This note appeared in the staff bathrooms the day after a meeting I had with my boss…a meeting that included some discussion about how large parts of my day involve looking for things to do. So…I guess I’m ‘uninteresting’?”

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43 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Grumbler

    In the bathroom? Really?

    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   FeRD bang

      It is a well-stocked and very clean bathroom, to their credit!

      Nov 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Of course… where else would you go to inject yourself into an inanimate object?

      Nov 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   AuntyBron

      At least it’s on a paper towel dispenser, not an urinal.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Grant

      I actually have to say this person is either incredibly stupid or a comedy genius, posting a note about jobs in the bathroom.

      Nov 10, 2011 at 4:40 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #2   Dee

    Ah, those were the “big jobs” Thx Sandra kept referring to. It’s all so clear now.

    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

  • #3   J.

    If your “job” is as big as you are, see a doctor. Maybe that note would be better near a desk and not a toilet.

    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   aliceblue

      Agree. At a very young age I think that most of us leaned that big jobs were something to be flushed.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #4   infant tyrone bang

    Mr. Hubbs, there’s a Daryl Hannah and an Allison Hayes here to see you.

    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #5   Danny

    Each of those sentences would’ve been an acceptable quote. Together, this is just some asshole who likes to ramble a lot. There’s no reason to keep saying the same thing over and over. Sometimes it’s enough to just make your point and go. People don’t like hearing the same thing reworded over and over. I don’t know why this note doesn’t just get to the point. There’s no reason for those three sentences to reword the same idea. Repetition is not something anyone enjoys.

    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm   rating: 126  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Mrs.Beasley bang

      Danny, your observation bears repeating.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   infant tyrone bang

      Danny, run that by me one more time ?

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   aliceblue

      Wow! You must be a CEO. :)

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Sean Jungian


      You can say that again.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Sadly, it actually took two reads to get the self-demonstrating-article-esque humor.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   Palomon

      I don’t get it. Put it in layman’s terms?

      Nov 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #5.7   JosiePie

      Ready, REPEAT:

      1) There’s no reason to keep saying the same thing over and over.

      2) People don’t like hearing the same thing reworded over and over.

      3) There’s no reason for those three sentences to reword the same idea.

      Repetition is not something anyone enjoys.

      Nov 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   unsatisfied

    how can our submitter complain of his/her workplace being so “uninteresting” with such interesting signs containing such interesting quotes in such an interesting location as the bathroom?

    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      …Perhaps it’s because he/she always dreamed of being a cross-dressing rabbit hairstylist?

      Nov 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Canthz_B bang

      “Ether” way you look at it, it’s funny.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   aliceblue

    Just what the night janitor cleaning the toilet needs to see. Scrubbing shit stains not “interesting?” It’s all your fault.

    Nov 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

  • #8   Dr. Knight

    “The world is filled with willing people…
    Some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”
    – Robert Frost

    Nov 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #9   cafn8d

    If your note is becoming uninteresting, maybe you should liven it up with Papyrus. :P

    Nov 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    I don’t want my work lively and interesting badly enough to cook myself in a spoon over a candle, draw myself up into a hypodermic needle and inject myself into its veins in some shooting gallery on the seedy side of town.

    Can’t I just be bored for eight hours and go home?

    Nov 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #11   Palomon

    Can you hand me a roll, I need to wipe some interesting work off my Hubbs.

    Nov 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #12   SmokeEntity bang

    I can definately see my workplace putting up a sign like this :/

    Nov 10, 2011 at 1:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   The Elf

    I bet George C. Hubbs never had to balance spreadsheets.

    Nov 10, 2011 at 7:10 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #14   Nahhh bang

    Nothing screams “I AM REDUNDANT; FIRE ME!” like telling the boss that “…large parts of my day involve looking for things to do.”

    Nov 10, 2011 at 7:55 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Squirtle

      Why do people think they can be buddies with their boss and confide in them that they don’t like their job?

      Why do bosses act all butt hurt and surprised to learn that people don’t like their jobs??

      Nov 11, 2011 at 9:56 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #15   johnnyboy

    Hmm, I wonder why I can’t find any solid information on “George C Hubbs” on the web, apart from that idiotic quote. On the top site that comes up, his entry actually has the picture of Clarence Thomas – perhaps because Thomas is similarly full of shit ? It seems more and more appropriate that the quote was posted in the toilet, where it belongs.

    Nov 10, 2011 at 8:27 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Who passed out the Haterade?

      From The Detroiter, circa 1915: “George C Hubbs, Assistant General Sales Manager of Dodge Brothers, has just returned from an 1800 mile automobile tour of the east.”

      His quote? I’d feel that way too, if daddy got one of his friends to make up a Very Impressive Title for me and pay me an exorbitant salary to drive around the country. Today’s “executives” have ~nothing~ on the “executives” of that era for being useless schmucks who just happened to know the right people. Think the upper class passengers in Titanic.

      He eventually went on to be the vice president and general manager of Grant Motor Company, expanding his sales force and decrying the naysayers who had the crazy idea that the auto market of the time was overpriced and oversaturated. Haven’t heard of Grant Motor Company? That might be because they went splat against reality in 1922, leaving the above banality as Mr. Hubbs’ only legacy.

      Nov 10, 2011 at 9:52 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   Rattus

      This has given me a real hankering to read some Sinclair Lewis.

      Nov 10, 2011 at 10:16 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   infant tyrone bang

      Not only for the automotive tie-in, but maybe a Hubbs seminar reading list should also include The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard.

      Nov 10, 2011 at 11:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Dr. Knight

      I found another quotation from friend Hubbs.

      Share this with the dogmatic, restroom-PA-posting, grump of a boss in Madison:

      “Much as I dislike hypocrisy and much as I advocate the theory of being yourself, I submit it is far better to feign good nature than to be a natural grouch. This is on the theory that the chap who acts as though he were agreeable may some day get the habit!”

      ~ George C. Hubbs

      Nov 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #16   Rattus

    George C. Hubbs knows not whereof he speaks. I am plenty interesting when I’m not trapped in a cubicle and can drink freely.

    Nov 10, 2011 at 8:51 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #17   Charlie

    “Your job is only as big as you are.” Perhaps this quote should be used by all of the folks critical of workplace candy/cookies/cake/donuts.

    Nov 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #18   Noelegy

    Sure, they SAY that, but the last time I tried to make work interesting by wearing a tutu, army boots, and a gorilla mask, I got in trouble for violating the dress code…

    Nov 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #19   mutzali

    My job’s got a huge ass. It needs to walk more at lunch.

    Nov 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #20   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    George C Hubbs never worked in a call center.

    Nov 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Who passed out the Haterade?

      My money’s on “George C Hubbs never worked a day in his life, but that didn’t stop him from condescending to those who did.” He didn’t apply for “jobs” so much as he inherited them, and they were more stipends than they were salaries.

      Nov 11, 2011 at 5:49 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #21   Spencer

    Hostile work environment, what?

    Nov 11, 2011 at 9:00 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #22   jezzielea

    a) I seriously love the commenters on this website. Seriously, the comments are like the scrumptious icing on the best cake EVER.
    b) George C Hubbs was a dick.
    c) I love that someone actually looked up George C Hubbs’ bio & everyone now knows he didn’t know what the crap he was talking about.
    Well done, you guys. Well done :-)

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #23   Laura

    I worked at KFC for a long time and if we didn’t have anything to do, I would get twitchy. It’s booooring just sitting around. Some people aren’t like that, I know. I would wipe down the tables three or four times each during the lunch lull because I was A) bored to death and B) not willing to listen to my coworker Judith’s boring (and often horribly insensitive) diatribes.

    I kind of miss it, though. The working, I mean.

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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