Boss Type: Hotel California
Today, we have a wonderful submission from Jenna. Not only does she offer a much appreciated compliment about My Boss is a Lemon, but she also tells a funny story about a boss that just doesn’t get it:
Oh how I love this site! So many horrible bosses, so few appropriate venues for complaining about them..
I was reading old posts and the passive aggressive boss reminded me of the boss who hired me against my will. Yes, that’s right. The “Hotel California” of bosses (You can check out any time you like but you can never leave).
I worked for a company that laid me off and rehired me often, depending on the amount of work available. In October, my boss called and asked about my availability in December for about a month’s work in a store during the Christmas season. The store was an hour away and I didn’t have a car – and, to be honest, I had done the job before and didn’t particularly enjoy it – so I turned it down. My boss then informed me that if I turned it down, he wouldn’t be able to give me work in January at a job I very much enjoyed (and could get to). I’d been frustrated with his management for some time, didn’t believe his threats as I had seen him scramble for staff every January, and was also considering moving on to other things anyway, so I didn’t mind giving up the job entirely. I told him that was fine – he was free to hire someone else.
Imagine my surprise when a schedule was emailed to me a week into December, indicating that I was scheduled to work, full time, at the job I had turned down!
I contacted my boss to remind him that I hadn’t actually agreed to work, and that I didn’t have transportation to get to this job that I had not agreed to do, and that a week into December is a bit late to send out the month’s schedule.
He responded by paying for a car rental.
After about two weeks of hating my job and losing sleep over how angry I was at myself for actually GOING to work, I composed a diplomatic resignation email.
Hours later, I got a call from my boss. He asked if I knew anyone who was looking for work (as happened every January), and clearly had not yet read my email.
I said “Yes. Me. I quit. Check your email.”
Jenna’s story reminds me of the Seinfeld episode (Season 4, Episode 10 – “The Virgin”), where George Costanza, in a tribute to the movie The Godfather: Part III, says, “Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”
George Costanza, the every man's sad sack from TV show "Seinfeld"