Boss Type: Control Freak
Let’s face it. We have all had this boss. The one who treats you like garbage just to prove a point – that he or she has power over us. Well, sometimes, there is a happy ending. Check out Mallory’s story of her control freak boss:
I thought I was quite lucky to have scored a work-from-home gig. The office was a good two-hour drive away, so I was happy to work at home and communicate by phone and email. However, shortly after starting this job, my supervisor suddenly decided that I should come in to see her once a week. Considering the drive, I negotiated coming in once every two weeks instead. We would set a date and time and I would bring files and reports and we planned to go over them together. Unfortunately for me, it felt like it was just a power play on her part. She would never meet with me for our scheduled times. I would drive for two hours, and then just sit in her office while she flitted in and out to talk with other people. I had no place to work – she wouldn’t let me have a temporary desk or a computer to work on. So, I would have to sit there for the full work day and not get anything done. Sometimes, I would sit there for hours while she made phone call after phone call. I wasted my time and my gas (since she did not compensate me for my commute), and she thought she was being smart. However, karma came through in the end. The next time the organization downsized, she was fired and people were a lot happier.
Thank goodness it all worked out in the end, Mallory. We hope you compensated yourself by watching daytime television on the days you didn’t have to go in!