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He Filled In for His Absent Boss and Changed the Game, But He Wound Up Digging Up Shocking Office Secrets.

When the Original Poster (OP), a diligent data analyst, was left to handle the crucial tasks of his negligent boss, an unexpected opportunity to automate his company’s reports fell into his lap. In a thrilling twist, OP’s innovation brought to light an illicit affair within the organization, setting the stage for an upheaval.

The Shaky Foundation

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In the early stages of OP’s career as a data and reporting analyst, he works under a lazy boss, Kerry, who is constantly late, leaves early and is often absent without prior notice. Despite Kerry’s lack of commitment, she manages to stay in the company due to suspected liaisons with her superior, Stewart. Kerry’s only notable contribution involves the creation of regular reports for the firm.

The Invisible Hand

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The CEO of the company is cost-conscious and rewards innovative cost-saving measures. Kerry, eager to win these bonuses, encourages OP and the team to automate their tasks. Unbeknownst to her, this would soon bring unexpected consequences.

A Day in Crisis

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One day, with both Kerry and Stewart absent under suspicious circumstances, the CEO is in urgent need of a sales report. OP steps in, offering to take a stab at creating the report, which is usually Kerry’s responsibility. The report is needed within a few hours, a task that normally takes Kerry 2-3 days to complete.

The Twist of Efficiency

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After analyzing the data, OP realized that the report could be automated to save time and resources. They quickly develop a script to automate the report, delivering it to the CEO that very afternoon. The CEO is greatly impressed with the speed and efficiency of the automation.

The Wider Scope

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Seeing the value in automation, the CEO requests OP to automate other regular reports as well, which include revenue and churn reports. That afternoon, OP successfully automates Kerry’s necessary report, thus eliminating the need for Kerry’s role in the company.

The Awkward Return

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The following day, Kerry and Stewart return to the office, oblivious of the developments. They are instantly summoned to the CEO’s office. The atmosphere is tense, and their immediate suspension from work is looming.

The Hidden Affair Exposed

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The CEO reveals his knowledge of Kerry and Stewart’s affair, explaining it as the reason behind their frequent absences and tardiness. He had tolerated their inappropriate conduct so far due to the importance of the reports Kerry was handling. Now that the reports were automated, he had grounds to take action.

Justice Served

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Kerry and Stewart are both fired for gross misconduct related to their affair and frequent unexcused absences from work. With the reports now automated, their roles and illicit activities were no longer necessary. The CEO took this chance to cleanse his company of corruption.

The Unexpected Bonus

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OP receives a generous bonus for their efforts in automating the tasks. Their initiative led to significant cost savings for the company and the exposure of Kerry and Stewart’s misconduct. This twist sees OP not only taking over Kerry’s responsibilities but also receiving the rewards she so coveted.

The Future Beckons

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As the dust settles, OP’s role in the company gains greater significance. The office atmosphere has improved, and productivity has increased. The dismissal of Kerry and Stewart opens up new opportunities for honest employees.

The Leadership Void

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With Kerry and Stewart out of the picture, a leadership void is left in their wake. The company is faced with the challenge of finding suitable replacements. However, the spotlight is now on OP, who has proven their competence and loyalty to the company.

OP’s Ascension

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Recognizing OP’s potential, the CEO offers them a promotion, filling the void left by Kerry. This chapter marks a pivotal point in OP’s career, transforming them from an analyst to a leader. Their hard work and integrity are finally recognized and rewarded.

A New Era Dawns

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Under OP’s leadership, the company enters a new era of efficiency and honesty. The team works harmoniously, and the corrupt practices of the past are forgotten. The story closes with the company thriving, an embodiment of a workplace where merit is recognized and rewarded.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “Don’t ever tell your boss how you created or maintained the reports. That way, you’re indispensable.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “I guess they have more time now for their affair.”

A Third View On The Story

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A different person states, “So I’m a software developer. I’ve done full-stack web mostly. Some mobile apps as well.

And I hear so much about people automating tasks. Now I’ve never had a desk job that was “normal” where you use Excel and stuff and crunch numbers. I don’t know what they do, lol.

But can I ask, what was the physical report your boss was making like from a tool or Excel? And how were you able to automate it? Was it shell scripts or Excel stuff? I’m just really interested in what kind of work can be automated.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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