Post # 1
This is a bit of a Friday bitchfest. Apologies in advance.
I’m sitting here, twitching with annoyance as I write this…
We hired a new guy at worked named Tom. We had to rearrange our small office to fit another desk, so we pushed my desk nose to nose with new guy’s desk, so I have maxium closeness.
Tom is 60 years old and technology illiterate. This alone bothers me, as the office techie. I don’t expect you to be able to troubleshoot or install new programs, but you need to have a basic understanding of how a computer works if you’re going to have a job that you sit in front of one all day.
Yesterday, I taught Tom how to check his email. Yes, I literally had to teach him how to click “send/recieve.” I also taught him how to erase something he had typed. “Okay, you put the little clicker behind the letter you want to erase and click backspace.” It took me TWICE walking him through it before he understood it.
Tom also types with ONE FINGER. LOUDLY. And slowly. I’ve never heard someone type so loudly. I actually recorded it with my phone so I could prove I’m not completely crazy. It’s like “CLACK…. find the next key… CLACK …. find the next key… CLACK.” I honestly twitch everytime he hits a key.
He also hums, mutters, and whistles to himself. “Dangnabbit, why won’t this work… HUMM…. whistles a short song… ba ba ba…. HMMMM… CLACK….CLACK… CLACK… looks at me as if I have x-ray vision and can see through the back of his monitor and tell him what to do.
While I was typing this short little thing, I had to get up 3 times to help him. Seriously? And he said he had “experience with computers” on his application.
… Anyone at work drive you up a wall?
Post # 3
@Paiger8: gahhh i know how you feel.
i am the “resident map quester” here because apparently the guys i work with are incapable of using the all powerful google to print their own maps.
I honestly say “google it” about 2934820934 times a day in hopes that one day they’ll catch on… maybe one day *sigh*
not to mention the guy who talks on the phone– we’re a dealership for construction equip, i do the marketing, and he has such bad smokers voice and talks sooo loud! i cringe when he gets really excited on the phone!
Post # 4
How did this person get hired if they have no clue how to even slightly use modern technology??
Post # 5
@blondie_bride: HAHAHHAHA I always joke that I’m going to get “Google” tattooed on my forehead because EVERYONE ASKS ME TO LOOK THINGS UP.
“Hey, what’s the number for the Chinese place on 42nd?” I DON’T FUCKING KNOW. GOOGLE IT.
Post # 6
I’ll share! LOL
I have a co-worker who asks me the most random questions. It’s so weird. I mostly work alone in my lab, but every so often a production guy comes in to run some tests. He’ll ask the strangest questions with no other information or explanation of his question.
::walks up to me at my desk:: “Do girls like to eat?”
My response: “I hope so, or else they’ll die.”
Two hours later I found out from another guy that he was trying to ask for advice on taking a girl out somewhere, and I guess he was nervous or something to ask.
Post # 7
@Paiger8: LOL Oh honey, I feel you.
I was the trainer for our new hires. It was a classroom setting with this big binder we had to go through. The first two pages were pictures of a monitor, CPU, keyboard & mouse with lables and what they do, then instructions for how to turn on the computer & monitor. So my first class I’m like “Ok, let’s go ahead and start on page 3. Everyone turn on your computer” because SERIOUSLY they were all in their late 20s-early 30s so I never for a second thought they wouldn’t know how to turn on a damn computer. But sure enough, two people were randomly hitting keys on their keyboard, trying to turn it on. It was BRUTAL trying to get through the 5 different programs we used on a daily basis, never mind things like email and word documents.
Post # 8
@MissCountryGirl727: “I hope so, or else they’ll die.” … hahaha, love it.
Post # 9
@kandykane1: I think people just SAY they have experience. Most places aren’t going to test you on it.
I actually went to an interview a few weeks ago where they had me do this written multiple choice test that I found HILARIOUS. It had questions like:
Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari… these are all examples of
A) word programs
B) parts of a computer
C) internet browsers
D) social networking sites
Post # 10
@Paiger8: I worked with a woman who started crying because she asked a question and was told to “Google it.” The dumbass couldn’t even figure that out. (I call her a dumbass because this was only one of many, many instances where she showed her ineptitude with a computer. She refused to actually learn anything, instead choosing to ask people to show her stuff over and over again, even when told to take notes and pay attention.)
Post # 11
For everyone who is used as google… start sending them links using http://lmgtfy.com/ – I’ve found it suitably embarasses most people enough to shut them up! (though OP, sounds like he is far too critical a case for such a simple remedy…)
Post # 12
@Paiger8: hahaha yes. yes. yes.
i am also the droid phone expert now (i run a mac platform pretty much everywhere possible) and when they ask how i figured it out “uh i googled how to do X on a droid”
and i have also shared in your pain of having to show how to send an email… on multiple occasions.
luckily all of the guys i work with (im the only female here) are really cool so it helps offset the annoying times. but lord help me if they dont catch onto this “secret” google website i speak of.
Post # 13
@MexiPino: Hahaha, he was trying to turn on his computer and instead hit the monitor adjustment arrows on the side of his computer monitor, so his “screen picture” was about half way off the actual monitor. He told me the screen seems to be shifting on “its own.” No… that shit doesn’t just happen. You pushed a button.
Post # 14
@Eat-well-travel-often: I use that all the time on Facebook when people pose questions like, “Anyone know of any Chinese places in West Des Moines?”
Post # 15
@Paiger8: I appreciate your annoyance with this, I really do… Its difficult that your company has put you in this predicament…
The only advice I can offer you is that you try to have a little bit more patience and empathy for the guy.. Tom is 60 and computer illiterate – this tells me that maybe Tom needs this job rather than wants it. I feel really bad for older people who end up back in the work place where things have changed so dramatically and they don’t have the techinical skills that the current job industry requires. I always try to envision this type of person in a setting where they are a greatly respected elder in their family and people look look up to them.. and the pain those people would feel if they knew a younger person was being impatient with them in a scenario like this.. Imagine if Tom was your Grandpa / Father? I used to work in a bank so I would at times encounter older employees who I would need to train and take under my wing for a bit. After a while they either caught on or left if they didn’t.
The good news is that Tom (even though seemingly is annoying, humming, etc.) has a pleasant personality. I am sure that under is happy demanor he is humiliated that he clearly does not have the skill set required in order to do his job. I am sure he will learn though, and you will just need to be patient and compassionate.. Who knows, after a while this guy may grow on you, I know that if you continue to teach him with patience and compassion he will be eternally grateful to you for it.. Plus, you will wrack up some good points in your karmatic bank account.
Post # 16
@Eat-well-travel-often: LOL I post LMGTFY links on every post on Facebook asking something that could be looked up. Like, seriously? You are already TYPING INTO A LITTLE BOX ON A COMPUTER! You can’t just do the same damn thing on a different site? GAH!