By Isa - 15/05/2012 06:48 - United States
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86, That would make you a douche. I am Australian too, but I have the ability to understand that it was meant in jest and not as an attack on me or my country of origin. Perhaps if you lack such observational, analytical and critical thinking skills you shouldn't be in management. Those are all fairly standard requirements for any managerial role. It is also worth noting that it says the company is Swedish, not their boss.
Obviously you nor OP's new boss have a sense of humour. OP's boss should get over herself and laugh a stereotypes. For example, I will admit that I'm a shit driver with a below average sized dick because I'm half-Asian. Do I care? No. Do I laugh? Yes. Look at the Irish and their Irish jokes if you want further proof.
51, Yes that is very true, she doesn't have to find it entertaining, but she could feign amusement because she knows the intent behind it was not negative. Roll your eyes internally sure, its no different to any other situation where someone makes a lame joke at work. I realise it was a stupid idea to make the joke in the first place without knowing how it would be received, this doesn't really change the fact that the woman has to lighten the fuck up.
Just to make clear I wouldn't say either culture's humour is better/worse, more plentiful/lesser.. I've known a few scandinavians, mainly Norge, and yeh we could have a laugh but it seemed like they found some types of things less amusing/some more so.. Not to say all Scandinavians have identical senses of humour either!
Seriously, imagine if you asked your boss a question about American living, and she said, "Well now I eat eighteen cheeseburgers a day, I sue everything that I possibly can, and I find all airbrushed models to be true reality of what I should look like. And I sleep with my cousin on occasion."
Neither do I.
I think your boss was looking for just a yes or no answer