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The Early Birds Piss Me Off

March 7, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

You know that expression, “The early bird catches the worm”?

I’m certain whoever said that expression first didn’t work around the type of people I do.

Today was a “testing day” to test a new software at work and we were expected to out in extra hours if we needed to. You all know my growing aversion to overtime, so I politely disregarded that request. And yes, I know that isn’t very “responsible adult” of me.


My difficult coworker sent out an email to the whole company announcing the time she came in.

Okay, I exaggerate. There was more to the email than that. But basically, that’s what it was for.

And guess what time she came in?

5:30 in the morning.

Five. Thirty. In the morning.

I’m not even awake yet.

Now, yes. This shows how eager she is and she looks like the early starter she is supposed to.

Here’s what pisses me off about it.

The thing is she doesn’t want to stay late, but everyone who works there gives off the impression that staying late into the evening is a requirement. That if you aren’t staying late in the night, and working 85 hours a week, you are half-assing your job. And people need to SEE your butt in the seat. Even if you work overtime from home, it doesn’t count. If people see you leave on time, you aren’t doing enough.

My difficult coworker knows this.

So every time she comes in early, she announces it to everyone so they know how she isn’t a lazy ass for not staying until 10 o’clock at night. No one comes in early but her. So she has no witnesses to her overtime. Which is why these emails and announcements are made on a regular basis on what time she comes in.


Yes, I know. I need to get a hobby.


  1. Jess says:

    It’s time to change your thought process. Instead of being angry at this person and wasting energy hating her try feeling bad for her. What kind of life does this woman have that she comes into work at 5:30 in the morning? And she must have had a shitty upbringing to have turned out the way she did. Poor thing. She’s probably a product of her environment and that’s too bad.

    As for the overtime – as long as you’re getting your work done within your 40 hours let somebody else take the overtime if you don’t want it. They probably need the money to feed their kids and that’s why they’re all such cunts, they’re afraid of losing their jobs and having to eat their kids. Don’t worry about how you look. Management should be worried about how they look for perpetuating this culture of Overtime or Die. Have they not been paying attention to the corporate world? Companies like Yahoo are forcing employees back into the office specifically to put an end to overtime and encourage work/life balance.

    Whatever work your doing now doesn’t sound like it’s going to be your career so focus on finding a new job and let these people rot where they are for the next 50 years.

  2. I don’t understand your being upset with this. She’s putting in overtime upfront and you (as most in your company) are putting it in at the end of the day. What is the real problem?

    Thanks for venting!

    • Ohhh the real problem is she is constantly giving me a hard time and I don’t like her (feelings mutual). So now I’m ultra sensitive to the little idiosyncrasies that would usually go unnoticed if I liked who she was.

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