Yep. I know exactly how this feels-my boss can’t stand me and I’m positive is secretly hoping I’ll move on as soon as Summer is over. Ha ha-no dice. This woman will be stuck with me until I am at least through working where I’m at-which may fare well for my boss as I’m getting bored already.
She can’t think of a valid reason to fire me-although I am at a fire/quit at will establishment. I’m great at what I do, get positive feedback (oftentimes right in front of her) from customers, would-be customers, and guests, and I have the best phone etiquette of all the Front Desk Staff. I know this, because my boss told me so. So there. But for reasons I cannot comprehend, this woman still cannot stand me personally. No worries though-the feelings are pretty much mutual.
How to tell if your boss can’t stand you but won’t fire you? Easy. They try to make your work miserable for you so you feel compelled to dismiss yourself on your own and find employment elsewhere. My boss has so far come up with excuse after excuse for not giving me (3 week in advance requested) time off- stating “Oh, so-and-so’s already asked for that off” “That’s one of our busiest days that week” or my favourite “Not enough advanced notice”. While these are highly viable reasons for dismissing my request for time off, on NONE of these days I’ve asked off for have anyone else ever requested time off, nor have we been busy. And I”ve read the Employee Handbook-the day off requests simply need to be made prior to the work schedule being set out. FYI-these schedules where I work are made a week at a time.
Shutting me out from requested days off? Hmm…those sound like fighting terms to me.
Something else that draws suspicion is when your boss openly criticizes EVERYTHING you do in front of everyone, especially customers or coworkers. They choose something tiny to nitpick daily (with me, it’s my name tag being slightly crooked-I swear) that they jab and jab at you with, hoping to stress and exhaust you to the point of saying, “Enough!” and walking out the door.
Furthermore, you’ll notice that bosses who don’t like you schedule you crazily, at odd shifts with your days off being far and in between one another. My boss recently worked me 11 days straight, making sure I worked until midnight one day, then having to come back at 6 AM for the morning shift the very same day. It was awful, but when that ONE day off finally turned the corner, it felt like a lifetime of vacation.
Sorry, lady-but you’ll have to do better than that to get me out of the game.
What keeps me at my job? The pay. Seriously. And my coworkers aren’t that bad. The environment other than my cranky WTF boss is workable. And my job is oftentimes fun. I get to meet strange and varied people from all over the world, with the added benefit of getting paid just to talk to them.
In short, my job rocks, even if my boss is a (rhymes with “witch”). He he…
Maybe I can eventually charm my boss into liking me. One day. I would like to, as I can’t say I enjoy the friction between us. I don’t know why she doesn’t truly like me (everyone else does) but suppose that’s her problem then, not mine.
After all, she hired me for a reason.