Boss Type: Passive Aggressive
Well, it has been a great week for My Boss is a Lemon. Our readership has increased dramatically, people are liking our Facebook page, and many of you are sharing your stories of bosses, from the horrible to the incompetent to the downright bizarre. In response, we are now increasing our posts to twice a week.
Today’s post is a submission from Lucille, who had a somewhat bizarre boss while teaching overseas:
For two years, I taught English in a small language school in Japan. My boss was the owner, an older Japanese man who had lived in America. While over time I actually developed a fondness for him, he also drove my co-worker and me nuts. He would sit and chain-smoke all day in our “office” (the size of a small washroom), darting out every once in a while to play Pachinko (gambling). He swore his tobacco was “smokeless,” which he felt was acceptable even though we were teaching children.
But, his most irritating trait was his English. Even though he could speak and understand English extremely well from living in the United States, there was still something consistently off about it. When he wanted us to do something or lecture us, his sentences always started with “Somehow, maybe…” This always sounded like extreme passive-aggressiveness and just about drove us batty. Imagine hearing these from your boss:
“Somehow, maybe, your lessons will be happy and cheerful.”
“Somehow, maybe, you will try this snack, it is good for health.”
“Somehow, maybe, you will receive your pay tomorrow.”
Lucille, somehow, maybe, you will get a better boss.