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working with idiots is hazardous to your health

By guggs ·
i found this quite interesting. now my suspicion have been confirmed... i AM gonna suffer a heart attack soon.

Working With Idiots Can Kill You!
Thursday November 21, 2002

STOCKHOLM -- Idiots in the office are just as hazardous to your health as cigarettes, caffeine or greasy food, an eye-opening new study reveals. In fact, those dopes can kill you!

Stress is one of the top causes of heart attacks -- and working with stupid people on a daily basis is one of the deadliest forms of stress, according to researchers at Sweden's Lindbergh University Medical Center.

The author of the study, Dr. Dagmar Andersson, says her team studied 500 heart attack patients, and were puzzled to find 62 percent had relatively few of the physical risk factors commonly blamed for heart attacks.

"Then we questioned them about lifestyle habits, and almost all of these low-risk patients told us they worked with people so stupid they can barely find their way from the parking lot to their office. And their heart attack came less than 12 hours after having a major confrontation with one of these oafs.

"One woman had to be rushed to the hospital after her assistant shredded important company tax documents instead of copying them. A man told us he collapsed right at his desk because the woman at the next cubicle kept asking him for correction fluid -- for her computer monitor.

"You can cut back on smoking or improve your diet," Dr. Andersson says, "but most people have very poor coping skills when it comes to stupidity -- they feel there's nothing they can do about it, so they just internalize their frustration until they finally explode."

Stupid co-workers can also double or triple someone's work load, she explains. "Many of our subjects feel sorry for the drooling idiots they work with, so they try to cover for them by fixing their mistakes. One poor woman spent a week rebuilding client records because a clerk put them all in the 'recycle bin' of her computer and then emptied it -- she thought it meant the records would be recycled and used again."

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Does that also include?

by jck In reply to working with idiots is ha ...

the people you work with who don't want to feel like they're being talked down to...but then, they'll treat you like you're a 3 year old?

I work with one of those guys now. You try to give him some information and he'll go "I'm not stupid ya know! Jesus!", but then will sit there and step you through basic Windows functionality like he needs to hold your hand.

Oh well...I drink tons of coffee and pray for a break from it.

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by guggs In reply to Does that also include?

i'm sure everybody's had at least 1 of those.

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Stupidity is relative

by Choppit In reply to working with idiots is ha ...

Some time ago (pre IT) I had the experience of managing a team of people who were about as 'basic' as they come. During this time they kept me entertained by creating situations which I would previously have dismissed as a joke. To their credit, these guys were hard working and loyal despite the fact that after my first week, due to an unfortunate information leak I had to inform them that they would all be redundant within 6 months.

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And many of my relatives are...

by Jessie In reply to Stupidity is relative

stupid that is... but mostly on my father's side.

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by Absolutely In reply to And many of my relatives ...

I heard that!!!

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Ooops, Sorry Dad!

by Jessie In reply to Jessie!!!
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Oh don't I know it!

by jdclyde In reply to working with idiots is ha ...

There are many things I can handle just fine, but stupid people that refuse to realize how stupid they are really really really get to me.

The gene pool needs some chlorine and a life guard.

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Who's an idiot?

by Absolutely In reply to working with idiots is ha ...

Is it really intelligent to assume that you can not only lead another person to knowledge, but also cause him to think? Not that stupid people aren't annoying, but it is also possible to mock them instead of letting them drive you to heart trauma.

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what you can do

by jck In reply to Who's an idiot?

is not mock them. That is a form of harassment and might get you fired if ever caught by someone who would report you.

I just don't talk to him. If he wants information, he can come to me and ask. Otherwise, he can sit at his desk and stew over what PC to configure with PC Anywhere.

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Well, the fun thing about idiots...

by Absolutely In reply to what you can do

is that if you're just a little bit subtle, they don't notice that they're being mocked.

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