Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bad Bosses

Think you have a bad boss? I know I do. But I also realize that it's all relative. My current boss wasn't always the ogre he is today. When I first joined his group, he just seemed disorganized and too busy to meet with me. I thought this was just a minor issue, but after a year working for him I realized this was a big problem. He'd ask me to do something (in email, of course) and it wouldn't be quite clear what he wanted. So I'd ask for clarification. I'd try to call him and he'd be busy in a meeting. I'd email him a few clarifying questions and he'd take a day or more to get back with me. What's worse, he'd be angry and impatient that I asked questions. Several times, my questions revealed errors in his assumptions, which made him angrier. So he'd look for mistakes in my work to make himself feel better. What a clown!

But as I said, it helps to keep it all in perspective. Here are some great examples of bad bosses who take their titles to the extreme:
http://www.theimproper.com/Template_Article.aspx?ArticleId=1063

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch The Devil Wears Prada.

2 comments:

Marilyn Haight said...

Sorry to hear you're in a bad work situation, OfficeSmurf. I've got information that can help. Take a look a the Tips and More Tips pages at http://www.bigbadboss.com--you can link to the site through my blog. No strings attached.

officesmurf said...

Thanks, Marilyn. I will take a look at your site and your blog. I know I am not alone in working for a bad boss, but I hope that more people realize that they don't have to and really shouldn't put up with it.