Manager: "We need to have a staff office clean-up day."
Me: "Sure, when?"
Manager: "I think next week. We ALL need to be involved."
Me: "Sorry, I am on vacation for the next two weeks but just do it without me and when I come back, I will clean up my stuff."
Manager: "It's not just about your stuff, Laura It is a team effort."
Me: "Ok. How about in three weeks then?"
Manager: "I will be out on vacation. But go ahead and do it without me."
Me: " I thought you said we all have to do it and it is a team effort."
Manager (after only trying for three seoncds): "Well it is just too hard to coordinate that. So go ahead and do it while I am gone."