A very difficult boss
FRANK works in a company which has a very difficult boss. There are a number of reasons this boss is a royal pain. First and foremost, he can’t be trusted to tell his employees the truth about anything. Like many corporate managers, the only thing that matters to him is the bottom line. In fact, he’s kind of a caricature of the evil boss. He smokes cancer sticks, is full of hot air and works everyone’s butts off.
Here is just one example of his behaviour: The other day the boss came into the room shouting that there was a budget crunch. Everyone was up to their necks trying to get the bookkeeping done for the month. In fact, my friend Frank was a basket case.
He had been up all night trying to make sure everything was ready on time. He knew the boss would put the heat on him for the bookkeeping and he wanted to be ahead of the game. Sure enough, as soon as the boss walked in he blew his lid and started to shout at everyone. It was soon clear Frank was going to be in the hot seat no matter how well he had prepared the bookkeeping.
Even though it was clear that the boss was full of hot air, Frank did his best to not lose his cool. He responded calmly to each question. He thought he couldn’t catch hell for having done the job right. Unfortunately, he was wrong.
In fact, he had actually shot himself in the foot because he hadn’t hidden some of the costs. The boss tried to promise all kinds of things if Frank would only change the numbers a little bit. Luckily, Frank knew his boss was full of hot air and refused to change the numbers. He had been yanked around often enough by his boss and, in the end, the result was always the same: Whatever went wrong was Frank’s fault. Eventually, his boss left him in peace.
I feel bad for Frank because there’s really no solution to this situation unless the boss gets fired. However, his boss is the owner’s son-inlaw, so there is little chance of his getting fired. I think Frank should look for a new job, but he says all bosses are the same. I hope things get better for him soon.