DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7802 posts, RR: 16 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
Now to be honest, I do not hate my boss(es). I generally don't see them for days on end. And they actually listen to what I have to say and all that. But every now and then they prove to be a real P.I.T.A.
Case in point was this last Friday. Generally Fridays are pretty laid back at work. And I was just going to be wrapping up a few little projects that day, line up stuff for the next week, fire off some emails, a bunch of little things that I had been putting off for a few days. Now at about 10:00 am I get a call from my boss, he has a little project he needs me to take care of that day and was emailing me a few files that I needed. Well it turns out this "little" project was the revised budget narrative for one of our grants. The revisions only took up 3 pages, and really would not take much time to do. The only problem was that it needed done and sent over to the research office in the afternoon. What made this little project a P.I.T.A. was that it required me to consult with a half dozen of my co-workers to get their little bits of info that needed to be written into the narrative. Tracking people down on a Friday isn't the easiest task and expecting them to get info to you ASAP isn't the greatest thing in the world.
Now I suppose you are thinking I should just stop my bitching and do my job. But that isn't my point. We knew that this would need to be taken care of TWO weeks ago. And we were all supposed to meet to handle it. But as I have learned, it is par for the course for my boss to get stuff done at the last minute. And of course I finished up the narrative and sent it off to the research office on-time.
Oh and did I mention that he told me all that at 10 am, then left to go teach and left town at noon???
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16335 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 985 times:
You need to manage your boss as well as your employees. If you know your boss is a last-minute guy, for any projects you anticipate from him -- make sure you ask him in advance for anything you need to get started, and do as much work as you can ahead of time. Ultimately, you have been hired to do a job AND make your boss look good. Friday or not, you are still on the clock.
Do not bitch to your boss about last minute assignments. Be positive and enthusiastic and ask for any required stuff from his ahead of time. I have never met a boss who appreciated an employee who did good work but whined.
Anyway, who ever promised you your job would be a predictable placid stream anyway? Few jobs are, and those that are, are probably boring.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.