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The Daily SlackerThe Daily Slacker

Chief Slacker: 0, Team Idiot: 1

Monday, December 12, 2005

Sorry, but work issues are going to delay Slacker's Odyssey even more. It's 7:30 and I'm just finishing here so I'm going to head home. I promise it will be up tomorrow. Make sure to check out the Spotlight below though!

So I sat down today with Idiot Boss' Boss. Yeah, didn't go so well.

Basically it came down to her telling me, that whether I like it or not, he's my boss so I have to do what he says. Also, anything I have to say about him carries zero weight whatsoever since I am now on an improvement plan. Thank you for reassuring me that lateness is a worse offense than ineptitude in this company.

So nevermind that I had brought up every single one of these issues MONTHS ago with her and she called me a whiner. Yes, she used that word. I have been trying to talk with her about the issues for month since then. Unfortunately doing the right thing of being a mom first and a worker second she was gone for several months. Once I finally got to talk to her the whole tardiness situation had arisen.

I am going to try tomorrow to sit down with her and see if she is willing to listen and work with me at all, otherwise it's time to sit down with The Director and probably start some dialog with HR.

I have four impending interviews, but none of them are for as good a company as I currently work for. I also have a one on one with Idiot Boss tomorrow. The best is yet to come methinks.

posted by Chief Slacker @ 7:13 PM,


At Mon Dec 12, 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Pieces of Me said...

I hope things go well with the interviews..The job might not be as good as the one now but you need to be happy!

At Mon Dec 12, 10:12:00 PM, Anonymous delmer said...

I've had one job (during the course of my many years of working) that I hated going in to. Our boss was, to put it politely, a poor leader.

I've had harder jobs, dirtier jobs, and jobs I didn't always look forward to doing, but not looking forward to work because you're going to spend all day doing back-breaking work is a whole different thing than not looking forward to work because your boss is a wanker. Having a wanker boss is worse.

Good luck with everything.

At Mon Dec 12, 11:19:00 PM, Anonymous OG said...

two things to remember my friend.
1. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

2. Act angry. It will cause the other person (in most cases) to back down. Also act girly. It'll confuse them. ;)

At Tue Dec 13, 06:37:00 AM, Blogger Porq said...

"Don't worry... BE HAPPY!"

Chief, it really sucks to "HATE" to go to work but ya gotsta do whatcha gotsta do. Let's break this down.. WHY DO YOU WORK?
To make money for a) survival, b) creature comforts, c)future security .. whatever Maslow's heirachy of needs are don't mean shit if you are NOT happy going to work. I didn't have the luxury of being able to quit a job because of the financial burden of a wife and two kids so if you go after the Big boss and she still tells you to suck off, you 'll never get any respect from your boss because he knows that you think he's a jerk and you're trying to torpedo the bastard. Maybe a move to a different department if HR will allow it and you'll have to outlive the stigma of being a dick-head that your present bosses will definately label you as.

Good luck, oh, in Jersey we just shoot the SOB's and go on
( Soprano style!!)


At Tue Dec 13, 07:08:00 AM, Blogger Esther said...

I've had the boss that I despised. She wasn't an idiot per se, but she had serious communication problems with me and with the authors we worked with. I spent a good amount of time complaining to HR and her boss, to no avail. But I stuck it out until I found a job that I would like. That may be your best option.

At Tue Dec 13, 08:30:00 AM, Blogger Kira said...

I've had better luck than you have on jumping the chain on a bad boss. Basically, I had one boss when I worked for the office of child support who was such an incompetent boob that I decided to never report to her and just go to my director instead. I realized I should do that when she stole one of my ideas and gave it to the director as hers. Well, fuck you. I no longer acknowledge your presence.

My director loved me, so he didn't mind at all that I came to him. In fact, when I left to give birth to my daughter, he begged me to take the three months and come back to work as I was on the fast track for a supervisor position (hopefully hers...haha!). She, on the other hand, was pissed. She whined at me all the time about how I should come to HER with my new ideas and not him (My reply: why, so you can present them as yours again?) and then also I should come to HER with the information on my days off or whatever (my reply: a cold look, and then a clear, "I tell whomever is important and leave out the rest").

How did I get away with that? Well, my guess is that it had something to do with me being a midget redhead who looks too cute to harm a fly, and then I was a pregnant midget redhead, so...they feared me...LOL

I really hope you don't have to jump higher on the chain, but I think you might if the idiot boss' boss has called you a whiner in the past. I wonder if the idiot boss is her buddy or something?

At Tue Dec 13, 09:34:00 AM, Blogger OzzyC said...

My advice: Cut your losses. You're not going to get anywhere but fired.

I've had a few incompetent bosses in my past, so I get your frustration. But you've been called a whiner, you've been told that you've got zero credibility because of your improvement plan... cut your losses and quit fighting... for now. It's better to bide your time and fight the fights you have a chance of winning.

Don't go to HR... especially not now.

At Tue Dec 13, 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Anisa said...

yuck yuck yuck! i hope you find a fabulous job soon where you are appreciated!!

At Tue Dec 13, 10:12:00 AM, Blogger The Other Half said...

dude...that sucks...but i can't help but be cheery about the mention in the previous post!!! yeah!!!

At Tue Dec 13, 08:01:00 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

This sounds a lot like my old boss. If you came in late, you were fired; if you caused the company to lose tens of thousands of dollars, you got a promotion.

Good luck with the interviews. Something good will pop up.

At Tue Dec 13, 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Marie said...

That sucks, Chief. I'm sorry to hear it. I have to agree with Ozzy on this. From the HR side, I've seen way too many times how managers use performance improvement plans as the next step to manage out an employee. They rarely turn out for the best. :(

At Wed Dec 14, 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Amber said...

Good luck -- you know I sympathize with you in the awful job department!

At Wed Dec 14, 11:47:00 AM, Blogger Nicholas said...

This blows.
Does IB have pictures of his superiors naked, or something?

At Fri Dec 16, 07:19:00 PM, Blogger Leesa said...

Good luck :)


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