The office is quiet, yet buzzing with the low hum of hard work. Heads are bent over keyboards. The mood is serious and intense. The sun is setting and shadows are falling across your cubicle when your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT) makes her appearance.
Her own work is on hold until your team finishes the proposal, and instead of sitting quietly and harmlessly in her office, she has emerged to wander the corridors. She approaches your desk.
"Isn't this done yet? I feel like I've been waiting forever," she barks.
"We're making progress, boss. Should be done soon," you say, hoping to placate her.
No luck. She pulls back and begins to pace the aisle. "I don't see why it's taking this long. I shouldn't have to wait like this. It's not acceptable that I should wait," she drones.
Her voice begins to rise, carrying across the sea of cubicles. "Other departments have their paperwork finished," she continues. "Why isn't our paperwork finished? The other managers are already done and are out having a drink and celebrating—and I'm stuck here."
Your TOT wanders to the next cubicle, continuing to express her woe at the upper levels of her vocal register. Before you can cover your ears, you practically hear the glasses in the break room shatter. What just happened? You have just experienced the "Attack of the Whiner."
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