It’s Christmas potluck time at work. In years past, as I have morning time to spare, I go around and see what day would be best for everyone to be able to take advantage of it (as not everyone is here Monday through Friday), finalize it with a senior worker (mentioned later), and then put up a sign-up sheet. What happened next has pretty much appalled everyone except our supervisor, who has created the drama. I apologize in advance for the length, as there are a few details that need to be explained as I go. And I also have to be somewhat vague in certain aspects, in case this is found. Yay, deniability.
While going around asking about the best dates last week, the supervisor, who was within earshot at times, said nothing. And I didn’t ask this person, as they are there M-F, so I didn’t deem it necessary. Also, please be aware that this supervisor cannot be joked around with, as anyone who has tried has found that the supervisor is virtually always upset by some perceived insult or thinks they are being ridiculed in some way. It doesn’t even have to be a conversation that upsets them; an item out of place or an unusual object in sight is a direct affront to this person, and someone nearby will be blamed. There’s other similarly deranged behaviors, but that will suffice for this story.
Anyway, having narrowed the potluck day to a date a couple weeks from now, I went and made up the sign-up sheet and attached it to its usual spot, the time clock. (Somewhat pertaining to the topic; for those not familiar with potlucks, unlikely as it might be; the sign-up is, of course, so people can put their names down and what they’re going to be bringing. It’s unsaid that if you’re not going to be contributing something, then you really should not be partaking, though this is not strictly enforced. Sometimes delivery guys or other people who happen to come in will be invited to pick a bit of something. Hey, it’s Christmas, and there’s usually leftovers.)
Enter Drama! Later on that morning, I learned that the supervisor yanked the sign-up sheet from the time clock, went to the break room where they slammed it on the table and spat something about a private potluck, and the sheet could stay in the break room. The workers in the room at the time were baffled and angry, and informed a senior worker in our office as to what had occurred.
Now, the supervisor and I have had bad relations recently, and have had very rare interactions since; all of which are limited to work related issues, only. I thought that maybe this was the problem. That *I* had the nerve to make the sign-up sheet. (Please also note that this supervisor was in our office last year, and knew I have done this previously.) I learned, however, that the senior worker previously mentioned was approached by this supervisor prior to Thanksgiving about a potluck. The senior worker was led to understand that the supervisor was discussing having a potluck the day after Thanksgiving. This was, naturally, shot down, as everyone would have loads of post-Thanksgiving leftovers with which to snarf, and producing more food for a potluck was absurd. Whether that was the supervisors intention or not is a moot point now.
NOTE: No one knew about this prior proposal but this senior worker. The supervisor went to no one else about it. Yes, now I think you’re probably understanding, but probably not believing, what was actually going through this supervisors head.
This supervisor’s feelings were bruised, as we did not come to them to have them “take charge”, I guess, of this Christmas potluck, as they had proposed one a week or so earlier. If coordinating means group-picking a date and creating a sign-in sheet.
The senior worker has enough pull that they were able to move it near to where it was, though now, I swear to you, this supervisor will not allow this sign-in sheet to be on or around the time clock. So it is taped up in a hallway nearby where it is no doubt hoped by this supervisor, that few will see it. (This is failing, as word has spread about this childish and petty behavior. We’re having more participation and sign-ups earlier than normal than it ever had before, because of it.) We’re given to believe that this supervisor will probably not participate, as it is a “private” potluck in their mind. 1206-14
Merry Christmas, everyone!