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When you get back to the office after 9 days away, have that vacation glow, and the first thing your PM says to you is, “welcome back, this week is going to suuuuuck!!”

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Solid project management right there

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Sounds like your PM needs a vacation!

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Yeah, it's why I said it sounds like that PM needs a vacation - to recalibrate their tone. You don't go around telling people, especially those just getting back from vacation or long holiday weekend how the week is going to suck ass. It's the opposite of leadership and motivation.

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Or “we have a TON of deliverables this week” smh

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Or needs to manage the project without you when you’re out instead of waiting for you to get back

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@PM 1 Honestly does not mean bluntly. A major part of the PM’s (and Producer’s) job is to encourage and problem solve - to know who you’re working with and read their personalities so you can tailor your approach. You can’t just lay it all at the feet of the creatives. That’s how you become replaceable/automated

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I don't know, the first thing I got today was a job offer at another company - not a bad start to the week.

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Lol I tell people things are going to be awful all the time. Some weeks/projects suck. If you're back from vacation that means you are no longer on vacation. I find it much more unbearable when an account person outlines a ton of work due to the client quickly and tries to butter everyone up with "go team, we can do it!" 🙄

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@SP1 I agree with knowing personalities. A good possibility is that OPs PM thought this person WAS one of the “this week is gonna suck, let’s commiserate” type of person. Everyone’s so ready to rip PMs to shred. To undermine their positions, to tell them how to work. Good PMs know how to do this. I say the exact same thing to the people on my team, creative or not, who I know will laugh with me and get shit done. This post doesn’t even sound like laying it at the art directors feet, it sounds like commiserating that OP didn’t appreciate which is fine but does not a bad PM make.

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I doubt deliverables sat for 9 days. Do you want your PMs to communicate with you honestly or just let it all fall on you with no warning?

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