Did I say gnawed by weasels? More like eaten by hyenas.
Horrible day yesterday – too many deadlines due to the current hissy fit of the US office conflicting with holiday merchandising and other, urgent, project deadlines…and too small a team to do it all.
The hyena who is trying to take my boss’ job came up from London for a meeting with me regarding the US site. They are still making demands about tearing apart the navigation and assortment structure on their site, and refuse to listen to reason. I spend a couple of hours explaining to her, so she can go back and explain again to them, where we have negotiated and what I am not going to move on. She wants to have another teleconference with the US; I refuse. She asks if I will just answer a few questions for them, and reluctantly I agree, although I make it clear that any major site changes are NOT going to be agreed to in this conversation.
Guess what we end up talking about? For over a fucking hour? Exactly. I have previously talked myself hoarse to these people about web standards, information architecture, the need for a common look/feel and navigation structure across all markets, etc., and then reiterated these points in email. And during this conversation I start to do it all again, but all they do is shout and over-ride everything I try to say, because my boss is not there. Literally, a room with several people in it all trying to shout over each other – it was the rudest, most unprofessional thing I have ever experienced. I am unable to say more than a few words each time before someone starts talking over me.
At one point I stand up and say to Hyena Lady “This is pointless. I’m out of here. If they ever shut up, tell them that.” She says no, no, just wait a minute…and on it goes.
I couldn’t sleep last night, and spent this morning (from 4:00 am on) being sick. I am SO out of there. I feel that my boss has totally given up and thrown our team to the wolves.
On the other hand…there is a very interesting job in Manchester that I think I’ll send a CV in for. And I also think I’ll start returning all the headhunter messages that I normally just delete from my phone.