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The ogre that is my boss

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I think the biggest "trigger" in my life is my boss. I need to figure out exactly what it is about him that makes me loathe him so badly. It's gotten to the point where if I hear him talking down the hall, or even if he coughs, my guts clench and I feel like jumping out the window to hurtle towards the ground below. I dread seeing him. He has this thing where he simply barges into my office with his notebook and closes the door. It makes me physically sick when he does this. He starts ticking off projects and tasks, expecting me to respond immediately w/o time to think. If that isn't bad enough, he'll ask something like, "what are the top 3 takeaways from the meeting we had yesterday?" Again, he expects an immediate response from me. I'm one of those people who doesn't think quickly on his feet...I need time to put together a reasonable response. He doesn't give me that opportunity.

Yikes! Just now, I heard the door at the end of the office hallway open. I jumped 3 feet off of my chair. Then I realized he's not here this morning so it was merely some coworker coming in. But my blood pressure and heart rate spiked for a few seconds. It's a Pavlovian response...as soon as I hear that door open, I go into panic mode with the thought he's marching towards my office in order to yank me around with his "pop quizzes".

Other people get p!ssed by his behavior too. But they aren't as paranoid about him as I am. It's hard to not think he's singling me out. Especially since he put me on probation after 29 years of working at this place. Retirement can't come soon enough...but it will never come actually, because I'll never be able to afford it.

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I hear you, man.  Loud and clear.  I wish I could help. Keep your goals in mind.  I'm trying to remind myself of just that point.  If I wasn't the sole income for our family, I think I would have pulled a Johnny Paycheck a long time ago, for my sanity's sake.

I just wanted you know I heard ya, though. 

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Thanks, @20YearsandCounting. I'm trying to get my daughter through college, as well as pay off the enormous debt that my ex rang up...and of course my name is on it because we were married. I'm owned by The Bank.

I want to ditch out of here and run for the hills.

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This is awful, I went through this at my last job. I hated my manager, he treated me especially poorly, I avoided him every chance I could. I can't believe someone could be so cruel and ungrateful that they'd put someone on probation after 3 decades of service. Shame on him

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I used to hate "The Office" because it gave me flashbacks.  Most of the characters I worked for were almost as smart as the ones on that show, but they were much more hateful and conniving.  I can laugh about it now.  Mostly.  I had several horrible bosses, and a couple of great ones.  It's a completely different workplace when you have a terrible boss.

For me, the trigger is a knock at the door.  I sometimes freak out when I hear a knock on t.v.  It's terrible to have to deal with  that at work.

BTW, love the 56 Desoto ragtop!

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@DeeBear Wow! You recognized the car. Indeed it is a '56 DeSoto Fireflite ragtop. Everything is perfect about that car, including the color scheme!

Knocks at the door trigger me as well. So does the ringing of the phone. I guess I like human contact to be on my own terms. And rare.

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I love 55-56 Chryslers and Desotos.  One of the most beautiful body styles ever, especially the 56 models with the larger fins.

Oh God, the phone...  I hate it when the phone rings.  I wouldn't have one at all if it weren't necessary in today's world. 

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I guess I like human contact to be on my own terms. And rare.

I couldn't have said it better...

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