Friday, September 23, 2005

My So-Called Life

Okay, I'm all for this J.O.B. thing, but here's the update.

I work at a small business. There are four of us in the office including the boss. It's my job to find work for us to bid on - which is especially crucial since we are almost done with what we've been working on and out of work. So...this guy from a large corporation called yesterday and asked to talk to Clark (the guy that had this job before I did). I told him that Clark was no longer with us and was there something I could help him with. He said he wanted to talk to a MAN that KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT!!! Okay, I am a college educated woman and this offended me to no end. I told him that IF he wanted to talk about a bid, he could talk to ME. Well, the boss heard me saying this and immediately called me into his office when I hung up with this chauvenist pig. Here's what happened:
Boss: It's your job to kiss ass when I'm almost out of work.
Me: If you wanted someone to kiss asses, you hired the wrong girl.
Boss: Well, you're gonna kiss ass if I tell you to.
Me: If you want someone to kiss ass, call Clark back. He's not doing anything. Ass Kissing is NOT in my job description. (And I turn and walk out of his office.)

Okay - so I was pissed. Then later yesterday afternoon my boss yelled AND cussed at me regarding the thermostat. Yes, you read that right - the thermostat. I had enough at that point. Grabbed my purse (knitted by me, of course!) and hit the road. Contemplated not coming back, but decided to come back in today and see if it was cold enough in HELL for the boss to apologize. Well, I was REALLY hoping he would tell me to get my stuff and leave. Unfortunately no chance of that - and I was hoping to tell him to kiss MY ass. Today he will not talk to me OR look at me. Can we say IMMATURE and UNBELIEVABLE? I mean, I am NOT going to voluntarily come to a place where I am disrespected by the boss AND his associates.

Okay - off my soap box. But Chauvenist pigs really are unbelievable in today's society. Back to the KnitPicks box - as you can see it was a welcome sight! LOL!


  • I got screamed at by someone who isnt the boss, but thinks he is...over using 1 piece of scotch tape in the building.!!!ooooh!!! the horror. and hubby (works at a health clinic) was yelled and cussed at by his boss last month, who was complaining that "house MD" is a unrealistic show, cuz he yells at people...and no one would put up with that! hahaha
    hostile work is too normal now adays!

    By Blogger Heatherly, at 12:12 AM  

  • well, i don't know what the job situation is like there in IL, but i would encourage you to keep looking for a more healthy work environment. NO ONE, especially my SP, deserves to be treated like that, and as I imagine you're the only woman working there... it's probably not going to get any easier. Hopefully, the package I'm sending this week will give you something else to think about.

    By Blogger PalofSecrets, at 4:32 PM  

  • Unfortunately I'm NOT the only woman working there. Our office manager is also a woman. She's the second one that's been there since I started in March. Seems to be a six month turnaround there. She's also looking for another job...

    By Blogger Susan, at 6:59 PM  

  • Sounds like it is time to open that yarn shop you hav always wanted to run! I would get outta there- I had a similar experience- only it envolved porn sites on the bosses computer! I was outta there, despite a contract that I had signed. Not gonna work at a place where the boss looks at porn at work.
    Hope things are better this week! a fellow Knitter...

    By Blogger Nessie Noodle, at 1:27 PM  

  • I am soooo NOT the type to sue or scream harrassment!!! But I would consider telling your boss that speaking to you the way he does COULD be seen as sexual harrassment! Telling you that you that you will kiss ass on his command! PUlllease!
    Maybe he just needs to be made aware that he COULD be in legal trouble for acting hte way he does! in the meantime.... go work at a yarn store, it's good for you!

    By Blogger tammy, at 11:09 AM  

  •! you're better off not working with such people. you shouldn't have to put up with that at work. i would be furious and drop words like "sexual discrimination," "lawyer," and "harassment" before submitting my two weeks' notice. jeez! i wouldn't be surprised if his attitude is the reason he doesn't have business.

    By Blogger keohinani, at 8:21 PM  

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