Recently I gave myself a new title at work. No, I’m not acknowledged for it in any way, but it’s basically the only thing that has helped me keep my sanity.
You are looking at the new Minister of Common Sense.
Ever since reading Harry Potter, I’ve been bitter that America only has secretaries, which unless you’re reading erotica, are usually quite dull. So anyway, I dubbed myself Minister and I’ve been really busy ever since. Just yesterday my coworker was trying to search an organization in a database and she told me she couldn’t find it. Knowing this would take a special touch, I asked if she tried spelling the organization as one word, because, you know, that’s how the organization spells it. She hadn’t, so score one for the minister!
To be a Minister of Common Sense you should have sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. A Minister of Common Sense values bravery, persistence, and cunning in the face of ignorance.
Could You Be A Minister of Common Sense?
1) Your coworker asks you if she should delete the voice mailbox of an employee who is no longer with the company. You…
- A) Give her the statistical likelihood of hiring another person with the same name before lamenting the fall of humankind.
- B) Tell her to ask your boss, this is an upper-management decision.
- C) Ask her what a voicemail mailbox is.
2) Your coworker asks you what size envelope he should use for the mailing that’s going out. You…
- A) Ask him which envelope fits the paper.
- B) Tell him it doesn’t matter.
- C) Tell him you’re not comfortable making these decisions.
3) Your coworker is going away on vacation and wants to know how to set a vacation message on their email.
- A) You tell them to look at the menu options and click the option that says “Out of Office” or “Vacation.”
- B) You search the Internet for ten minutes until you find the exact instructions.
- C) You tell him you don’t know and call your $200/hour IT consultant.
4) Your boss gives you feedback on a document you made and asks to see it when you’re done. You…
- A) Make all the changes, double-check your work, and give it to him.
- B) Give him the document with only half of the changes made.
- C) Forget to make the edits.
Mostly As: Congratulations! You have the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that you need to live in a reasonable and safe way. You are a Minister of Common Sense!
Mostly Bs: You’re no Minister, but you can usually avoid getting hit by a bus on the way to work. That counts?
Mostly Cs: Seriously, everyone hates you. No, really.