A magazine recently ran a Dilbert Quotes contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real life managers. Here are some of the submissions:

As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken on Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.
(This was the winning entry); Fred Dales @ Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA

What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter.
(Lykes Lines Shipping)

How long is this Beta guy going to keep testing our stuff?
(Programming intern - Microsoft IIS)

Email is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.
(Accounting Manager, Electric Boat Company)

This project is so important, we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.
(Advertising Manager, UPS)

Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule. No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when its time to tell them.
(R & D Supervisor, 3M Corp)

My boss spent an entire weekend retyping a 25-page proposal that only needed corrections. She claims the disk I gave her was damaged and she couldn’t edit it. The disk I gave her was write protected.
(CIO, Dell Computers)

Quote from the boss: Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.
(Marketing Mgr., Citrix)

My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my boss, he said she died so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, “That would be better for me.”
(Shipping Executive, FTD Florists)

We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.
(AT&T Long Lines)

We recently received a memo from senior management saying, This is to inform you that a memo will be issued today regarding the subject mentioned above.
(Microsoft Legal Affairs)

One day my boss asked me to submit a status report to him concerning a project I was working on. I asked him if tomorrow would be soon enough. He said, “If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have waited until tomorrow to ask for it!”
(Hallmark Cards)

As Director of Communications, I was asked to prepare a memo reviewing our company’s training programs and materials. In the body of the memo one of the sentences mentioned the pedagogical approach used by one of the training manuals. The day after I routed the memo to the executive committee, I was called into the HR Director’s office, and was told that the Executive VP wanted me out of the building by lunch. When I asked why, I was told that she wouldn’t stand for pervgotist (pedophiles?) working in her company. Finally he showed me her copy of the memo, with the demand that I be fired, with the word pedagogical circled in red. The HR Manager was fairly reasonable, and once he looked the word up in his dictionary and made a copy of the definition to send to my boss, he told me not to worry. He would take care of it. Two days later, a memo to the entire staff came out, directing us that no words which could not be found in the local Sunday newspaper could be used in company memos. A month later, I resigned. In accordance with company policy, I created my resignation letter by pasting words together from the Sunday newspaper.
(Taco Bell)

This gem is the closing paragraph of a nationally circulated memo from a La Cie communications company: Lucent Technologies is endeavouringly determined to promote constant attention on current procedures of transacting business focusing emphasis on innovative ways to better, if not supersede, the expectations of quality!


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