How to Get Out of a No-Win Situation

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Reader Comments (13)

So getting fired is the way to get out of a no-win situation?

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLumpy

yeah, getting fired? that's harsh.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

The Kobayashi Maru of the office worker.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Reprogram the computer so that you can win (or at least still receive paychecks after being fired).

Then get a commendation for original thinking.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ.T.K.


December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatric

I don't believe in the no-win scenario.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChronus

@Lumpy: Getting fired is indeed the way to get out of a no-win job.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob

This isn't no win, this is no fail. Your brief was to tell Jenkins, you did it. The result is immaterial.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrother Random

That's brilliant insight! Been there..twice. 15 years of my life dealing with idiots.
The first myth of management is that it exists, and
it looks like you've worked for the same people I have.
Office Space anyone?

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The key is making it clear that you don't care, the boss does. For example: "Hey, Jenkins. Step carefully around the boss today. He's bitching out everyone he sees because some idiots aren't doing their paperwork on time. He ripped me a new one over that stupid R-whatever form, told me to get it in now or I'm fired. I'd recommend avoiding his office if at all possible"

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViktor

I worked twenty four years in the Federal civil service. Mullet-Headed Boss is like an acid flashback to some of my 'chiefs'. It's amazing how toothless they become when the rules prevent them from firing you. Of course, the same rules prevent them from firing Jenkins, so over time, the department fills up with Jenkinses.

I don't work there any more. Much happier. Thanks for the strips, Scott!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I just love how this progresses.

May 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

Solution is to use a tape recorder and record you telling the guy, without said guy knowing. Then, when he tries to make you look like a liar, whip out the recording. You may look like an ass, but that will get shadowed by the fact that the other guy looks like an even bigger ass

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcalasari

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