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My Big Fat German Closet

I started a new job this week! Yeah! I’m so happy to be away from my former job.  It’s so refreshing to come to work and everyone is nice and it’s a positive atmosphere. As I was perusing my closet for my first day outfit, I had an epiphany.  OMG! Do I have a ton of clothes! I can wear jeans to work, which is great, but I have way too much stuff.

Five years ago I lost almost 60 pounds, so I went out and bought a whole new wardrobe.  That was also the same time I discovered shopping at Goodwill.  I can’t believe how many flipping clothes I have. The great thing about Goodwill is that I have a banging wardrobe for very little money.  I’m not one to wear the latest fashions, but I really don’t need to buy another piece of clothing for, like ever.

I have every color of clothing imaginable, ok, not chartreuse, but every other color.  I think I counted twenty pairs of jeans!  I use to go to Goodwill every weekend, now I hardly ever go, except to donate stuff. I like to look nice, and my style is pretty casual.  Now I’m all about accessories and nail polish.

Looking for a different job is so exhausting.  I actually found my new job on Craigslist. It is truly amazing how much a miserable job takes out of you. I look forward to picking out my next day outfit for work instead of spending hours looking for a new job.Happy-Dance 5-7-15

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Happy Monday!

I’m sitting on the couch for several hours, basically wasting time surfing online, only to realize that I have clothes in the washer that need to go in the dryer, tonight. Crud, and I was trying to go to bed early too.

The best part?? I only have 8 1/2 days left at my crummy job.  I finally found a new one, after months of searching.  I’m super excited because it’s a great opportunity.

My knuckle mcchuckle boss was surprised when I gave notice.  Really, I only had to come into work on my vacation to do payroll because she was too lazy to do my job.  And the only way I was able to take my vacation when I wanted was to come in on a Sunday.  Wow, and they wonder why they have such high turnover.celebrating-smth-in-office-shot-in-studio-9160915

How not to be a rotten boss-by a former boss-Part two

I should know when I write late at night I am bound to forget something.  I wanted to add a few things to my previous post of the same name from November 7th.

So here we go.

  1. Be fair to all of your staff. I cannot stand favoritism, especially in the work place.  Any boss who blatantly favors one employee over another needs to be bitch slapped.  I always feel warm and fuzzy when the boss is saying how so and so should be cloned because they are so flipping wonderful. Really? Who says crap like that to their staff? Oh wait, that would be a rotten boss, oh never mind.
  2. Upper management really needs to get a clue. If your customers, employees, etc., complain about a boss’s horrid behavior, you need to take note.  It’s expensive to train people, and good workers are hard to come by. It’s especially galling when upper management (owner level) witness firsthand the terrible behavior and chose to do nothing. And they wonder why they have a huge employee turnover.
  3. Do right by your staff. The last time I managed others, I was promoted after the VP of finance was fired.  The accounting person had been working her butt off for the last five years for this company. But she had only gotten one raise.  The first thing I did was get her $1.50 an hour increase.  It was difficult because management thought she was being paid accordingly.  She most certainly was not.  This person had been through many management changes and was constantly having her workload increased. By the time I left that position two years later, I had gotten her hourly rate increased by $3.50 per hour.  She was a hard worker, and made my job easier.
  4. Do realize you are no better than the people you manage. I always tell my staff in the beginning that I’m no better than they are; I just have more education and experience. People really do appreciate that honesty.  If you work well for me, I’ll do everything in my power to help you.
  5. Never raise your voice to your staff. Once your voice goes up, the person will tune you out.  If you have a problem employee, work with them. They are not your children to be yelled at.  It doesn’t work.
  6. Your staff can hurt you. If you treat them poorly, do you really think they give a fig about what happens to you? Come down off your high horse, and just be a decent human being.
  7. Last but not least, be decent to everyone. I’ve always made it my policy to be nice to everyone in the company.  You never know when they might be your boss at your next job.

 

How not to be a rotten boss-by a former boss

Every October I get a statement from the Social Security administration.  It shows me how long I’ve been working, and what my wages have been.  I’ve been working steadily for the past 42 years.  I’m so tired of working; I’m especially tired of working for rotten bosses.  I’m looking at the last stretch before retirement.  Don’t get me wrong, as I have had some great bosses over the years.  I’ve even managed others for 15 years of my career.  I’m a college educated professional who is tired of being treated like a pimply faced teenager at McDonalds.

The first time I managed others, I decided that I would never treat my direct reports how I have been treated in the past.  I still talk to many people I have managed over the years.  Some tell me I’m the best boss they ever had. Aww, that’s always nice to hear. Plus the best part of keeping in contact with old co-workers is being able to hear when the rotten boss you worked for finally gets fired.

I so often wonder how people get management positions that are not even qualified to manage a midnight trip to the bathroom.  I got out of management because, well middle management sucks, and I’m too pro employee.  I think everyone in the work place should be treated with respect.  I don’t want my employees to kiss my butt just so that won’t lose their job.  I’ve seen so many abuses of power in my work life it’s disgusting.  Talking to human resources was always pointless.  They don’t care about the employees, it’s whatever management wants.

So here are some of my suggestions for being a good boss.

  1. Respect your staff. Your subordinates will be much more productive, and make you look better if they are treated well.
  2. Don’t expect your employees to work a crazy amount of hours just because you do. They have lives outside of work. Plus they usually make considerably less money than you do.
  3. Be flexible. We all have kids, aging parents, you name it.  As long as the job gets done, don’t be a troll.
  4. Listen to your staff’s suggestions. I’ve been working for many years, but I’m all about working smarter, not harder.  We all have a common goal at work.
  5. Never comment negatively on your staff’s performance in front of others. Nothing makes me less productive than being humiliated in front of my co-workers.  This is probably the worst, especially if the boss has a twelfth grade education, and you have a Bachelor’s degree.
  6. Show concern for your employee’s wellbeing. We all have different things we are dealing with.
  7. Set a good example. Not the do as I say, not as I do.
  8. Go to bat for your employees. I’ve done this time and again for my staff, and it’s always greatly appreciated.
  9. Be honest. If you can’t give your employee a raise right now, try to give them more paid time off.  Flexible hours, etc.
  10. Go the extra mile for your staff. I always gave gifts to my staff at Christmas, and their birthdays.  I also bought my staff gifts whenever I traveled. A lunch out on the boss is a nice gesture.

Believe me when I say a happy staff is a more productive staff. Not a staff that could care less if you got hit by a bus.