In my third year of working in an office environment, I had a disagreement with a colleague at a staff meeting. It was one of the final meetings prior to the biggest event that we used to run in that company. Here was the situation: we had a team contact us about registering late. I, as the Office Manager, said 'no' to letting them in. The event was sold out, registration had been open for half a year, and admitting them at that point in time would have required changing all of the plans that had already been made. Game schedules would have had to be redone (registered teams approached a total of 2000), supplies, and accommodations - in general - would cumulatively amount to [imho] more work than the money from their registration fee would have afforded us. Our Marketing Manager strongly disagreed, stating that the effort would not only make the team (who may potentially be well-connected) happy, it would make us look good. Needless to say, at the time I disagreed that we'd look "good" by breaking our rules for one team. Well, long story short: we let the team in. They were ecstatic. The event went off seamlessly. I got OT pay. Everyone was happy.
The other day, we reached an application deadline. There were postings, and there were applicants to these postings. The deadline was for the applications to postings. The day following this deadline, someone sent me a .. posting! I panicked and tried to think of ways of accommodating this late posting. I thought perhaps of emailing his posting to all applicants to see if any of them were interested. I even thought of extending the deadline so as to give this posting a chance at getting a great applicant. I looked to the person running this posting/application process, and her advice was to keep our deadlines such as they are, and just let the poster know and find another reasonable solution. I would have killed myself to ensure that I accommodated this late request, but I was advised not to. I feel badly about not going out of my way, but I am aware that it wasn't necessary and that it was perfectly fair and fine to follow the deadlines such as they were laid out.
I have this strange feeling that the former experience shaped my inclinations for all future ones. I suppose I could call it a "Customer-Service Oriented" attitude. Does this make me understanding? a push-over? a good employee? or none of the above. Whatever the answer is, looking back, I know who I blame for the change.