Have you ever heard that term? I only have in one place.... you guessed it. This little memory came floating back to me today and I decided to share it.
I was in my managers office one week for our normal one on one. This is the only manager who manages to stay at the company since all the normal people they brought in to manage came to their senses quickly and left. So feel free to guess which shitiot this is.
Anyhoo, we're discussing normal business and he wants to know if I entered some information into a spreadsheet we all share to keep track of discipline. I always kept these files up to date because I didn't want to be called out on something so minor in a meeting.
I in turn, answered "Yes." Indeed it was up to date.
This jagg looks at me with a smirk and says "Trust but Verify." Then proceeding to dig into the share drives to find the file and check right in front of me to see if i was lying to him.
I maintained myself as I always do but all I could think was: This DICKHEAD is really checking to see if I would lie over something so minor and right in front of me.
That's the kind of mentality I learned quickly was the norm in that wonderland of hypocrisy.
"Sure, I believe what you're saying BUT I'm going to check right now because you could be lying to me."
I was told several times I didn't fit in. Goddamn right I didn't fit in. I would never have done something so asinine to one of my employees. Sure, checking up is all part of supervision however 90% of doing that is going about it the right way. He could have said:
- "Okay" and checked later.
- "I was going to open that file anyhow."
- "We've had trouble with that, I was just making sure."
- "Mumble mumble mumble" Takes dick out of mouth. "Sorry, I was sucking my own penis again. What were we talking about?"
That defining phrase Trust but Verify will always stick with me. It is an understanding I have of what NOT to say to my co-workers, employees or anyone else on the planet. It's the most back-stabbing phrase and mentality that could exist.
And it thrives where you work. Keep that in mind.
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