So I called ConocoPhillips last Thursday morning, which was basically the weekend, as were the first two days of this week, you know, decompressing and all, and then you spend Wednesday-Thursday playing catch-up, but now it’s Friday, and it’s the weekend again. I’ve worked in enough offices to know that there’s that brief Wednesday afternoon/Thursday morning window where you actually perform your tasks like returning those phone calls you’d rather not, and I’d wager, when you’re in “External Communications,” you’re expected to return plenty.
So I empathize and sympathize with Ms. Hansen at ConocoPhillips. Thus I gave her an out in my follow-up “still looking forward to speaking with you” call today—as in, gee, if there’s someone better I should talk to, please let me know! I give every corporate workingstiff the chance to pass the buck. But only once. Should she choose to bump me to another department, then that’s where I’ll be sending the singing telegrams. So choose wisely, Ms. Hansen!