Scene: our building is going thru a major renovation, right down to full window replacements. Some of our employees are being impacted by the replacement project by having to temorarily move to another space so that the construction crews can dismantle their desks.
I manage the floor space for our division so all decisions about moves are made thru me with my recommendations.
Employee: I have this floor plan here that I got from my boss that says I'm supposed to move temporarily to one of these highlighted spaces. I'd rather move to the empty space in front of me.
Me: I understand why you'd want to do that but with the construction in your space it would be...
E: The person next to me isn't moving, right?
E: Then why do I have to move?
M: Because her desk isn't wrapping around underneath the window area. And for your own comfo....
E: Why can't I just move to the empty space in front of me?
M: Because they are tearing apart the window over your desk; it really would be better if you select one of the open spaces I've recommended because...
E: I'm not trying to be difficult.
M: (annoyed now that he keeps interrupting me) Well, you are. I'm trying to explain to you why it would be better if you move and you aren't giving me the oppo....
E: OK fine, Kris. I've never gotten this kind of treatment from you so I'll just do what you want (starts to walk away)...
M: I'm just trying to explain that the construction around you..
E: Whatever (petulantly)
M: OK, that's fine. Move to the empty space in front of you while they tear your existing desk apart, pull out the windows overnight, do repairs to the window casing and paint the surrounding area.
E: Whatever (petulantly)
M: OK, do what you want then.
E: Whatever, fine.
M: Employee, I'm just trying to help you understand that with the construction going on you might be more comfortable moving to a different space rather than the one right in front of the construction but if you'd prefer to sit in the middle of it - that's fine with me.
E: So if I move, what space do I move to?
I realize this is a pain for the employees affected by this construction (it's been going on for 2 years now and has included drilling, banging and other assorted annoyances). I've already worked with several other employees affected by this construction as the phases roll out and I've not yet had anyone question my recommendations, accuse me of mistreating them and arguing with me about a plan that, in fact, is out of my control. The best I can do is sympathize, offer to help them move if they need it, make sure they have all the materials they need to make the move as painless as possible.
Mr. Insufferable Wanker up there will most definitely NOT be getting any of that treatment from me. He's on his own at this point...
Oh yeah and best of all - he did it at my desk, at full volume so half the floor could hear him.
Nice. Real. Nice.