I’ve ran into several people that seem to make a huge deal out of things they do, simple tasks. For example, years ago I had a job as a leasing agent for an apartment community. The company hired what was referred to as a “floater agent” who went back and forth between two communities to help on certain days when short staffed. She started at our property not long after I was hired and we were kind of being trained simultaneously. She was a “Chatty Cathy” and loved to gossip with the head Property Manager.
Every day this went on for long periods of time, practically all day.
Spending all that time on the phone the woman got very little accomplished. Her talking about all she did was what I like to call “The Table Defense”. Basically, it’s when a person talks about every simple, mundane task they do so that it adds up and looks like they accomplished an impressive amount.
It’s your JOB to hold that much shit, you are a TABLE!
The Table Defense does give the illusion that someone is accomplishing quite a bit, if the person defending has perfected it. Simple tasks can seem increasing complicated.
“I took the trash out. I showed an apartment. I made up a lease….”
“I showed 6 apartments and did 5 leases and took over $10,000 worth of rent and hand wrote receipts. Why is taking the trash out even on your GD list?! Those are things that happen every day. You are a leasing agent!” This woman made me scream inside.
I think that the worst Table Defenders are most likely products of over rewarding parents. Maybe they were rewarded for every little thing they did as a kid. Maybe they still crave that adoration or maybe they still get it. Maybe their parents still congratulate them every time they take a dump.
On the flip side, maybe they are constantly seeking approval for every little thing because they never received it.
Now, I’m not a leasing agent anymore. But 2 of my jobs have been in that field and it has taught me a lot about people. Fellow employees and leasees both. Though people tend to baffle me, they don’t really surprise me anymore. As for the floater agent, using The Table Defense distracted others from the fact that she was stealing application fees at night. She didn’t last long.
Those that use The Table Defense usually won’t last long, and if they do people will tire of them and see that they are trying to hide something, usually laziness; in that last example laziness AND theft.