My manager has in the past said to me: 1) "I don't remember saying that.
" 2) "That never happened. " These were in response to earlier conversations in which he stated I really didn't have to follow whatever rule to the letter. Then when he observed me not following those rules and reprimanded me, I reminded him of what he had said. Of course, he is covering his butt.
Yesterday, the supervisor reamed me for a very minor infraction (yes, they are both picking on me). Now, if my manager talks to me about this, what would happen if I said, "I don't remember that conversation with Bob" to cover MY butt?