Todays pet peeve is...
People who randomly change their minds.
Case in point:
For several months, we have been working to finalize a Better-Stronger-Faster reporting system. (BSF report)
It will be a huge benefit both to us and the folks on the other side of the table.
We have had numerous discussions, samples and feedback sessions.
All we needed was a final sign off before we "go live".
Wednesday, 5 pm - I am on the phone to one of the clients.
He has been seeing copies of the BSF for several months now. We are discussing the most recent BSF report.
Suddenly, he says "I looked at it and it didn't have X, Y and Z so I stopped reading it." (Aaanddd you couldn't tell me this months ago....why?)
The final manager's meeting on the BSF is 9:00 am Friday
I spend all of Thursday reformatting, compiling and adding X, Y, Z and a couple of prancing ponies. It took me 11 hours, but I was ready for the meeting!
Friday morning, 8:00 am...
My computer is literally still booting up and coworker is at my desk, wanting to go over the BSF.
Yes, it had a couple of data entry errors, but it was only a format sample so it could have waited.
Nope - he wants me to fix it while he stands there and oversees it.
It's now 8:40 and I have to get it reprinted and ready for the meeting. We are leaving in 5 minutes and I'm kinda stressed!
Which is when Uberboss calls (he and I are the ones going to the meeting.) Oh, by the way...the meeting has been moved to Monday morning...
Forehead, meet desk......