So when I hear scenarios/lines like (here's a couple mild ones - I'll spare you the ugly):
-My friend was at the airport leaving on his business trip to a remote part of the Middle East where he would not have internet access for a week, and X was emailing him (as the airline attendant asked him to turn off his phone) demanding that he have certain irrelevant figures regarding the American side of the business emailed to him on 3 separate days my friend would not have internet access - which X knew good and well.
-"While I was overseas on business X fired one of my people and threw them out of the building without consulting me at all." When I asked what the person did and discovered he just held a different belief on how something really insignificant to the business could be done and that there hadn't even been discussion over it, just an immediate termination I felt ill.
I've worked in business long enough to know that this is what the corporate big boys and girls refer to as "coaching someone out of their position" aka making someone question their work ability, destroying any desire they may have to do their job well, and bullying. The "coaching someone out of their position" technique is used by people who don't have the human decency aka "balls" to tell someone they don't want to work with them anymore. More often than not this type of person is very threatened by the person they bully out and/or cannot control them into becoming a clone. Pardon me while I gag.
At times like these I can't help but be tremendously grateful that I wake up and work from home every single day. As much as times are lean right now, I don't have to deal with the additional stress of a controlling employer. (Thank God!!)
Instead this is my alarm clock.
And my Assistant. Sure my desk is a little messy, but I eat chocolate
bars and leave the wrappers strewn about with zero micromanagement.
And the most inter-office drama I deal with is cat hair on the lamp shade
while the Chef sides with the cat.
The only gossip I overhear is the Chef saying to the cat:
"You're making fur lampshades now, aren't you?
That's your specialty. You're going to run Jonathan Adler right out of business."
Sure my job might have looney-tune sidebars, but at least I'm not working with people who are certifiable.
Control freaks scare me.
I hope none of you ever have to endure this kind of treatment - or be trained to believe this is the way to conduct business in a professional manner. Honesty will always go a lot farther - everyone appreciates and deserves it.
*I'll go back to talking about clothes tomorrow.*