reply to post by HangTheTraitors
Actually, I will admit I make one lousy boss! I expect people working for me to be at the top of their game while on my time. I want to see results
and I don't take kindly to excuses. You want a raise from me? Prove to me you're worth it; then we'll talk.
You'll find that 90% of the bosses out there want the exact same thing. A lot of them are just jaded from having to deal with people who hate their
job because they actually have to work and don't give a hoot about the company. You try to be nice to people too much and they'll stab you in the
back every time.
During the time I was self-employed as an electrician, I had a worker I had hired a few weeks earlier who had been doing a good job. Until one day he
never showed up for work... when I called him, he told me he didn't want to work any more. Great, no notice and I have a deadline to meet. So I call
the contractor and let him know; he has someone who has been wanting a job. We drive by the guy's house and I meet him, talk to him for about 5
minutes, and hire him.
We drive to the job site and start the rough-in. This was a two-day job, and we were going to have to finish up on Monday. I knew the guy was down on
his luck, so I gave him the option of paying him for the one day since it was the weekend (I was paying when the job paid). He wanted the money, so I
paid him and told him I would be there at his house at 6:00 Monday. He said he would be ready.
Monday I show up. I honk the horn and no response. I honk again; no response. I walk up to the house and knock on the door. His mother answers and
tells me the guy took off after I dropped him off Friday and she hasn't seen him since! Now I get to call the contractor... again!... and let him
know there's a problem. I tell him I will be late but I'll finish on time. Then I call the local radio station classified line and announce I have a
First call was from a girl I had gone to school with; she wanted to know if I would hire a woman. I asked her if she could climb a ladder and crawl
under a house. She said yes, so I said yes, just wear pants instead of a skirt. I gave her directions to my house and waited. I had maybe 20 more
calls while I waited, and I wrote down the names in order, explaining I had hired someone but if they didn't show I would call them back.
Then I got a call from a guy asking if the job is still open. I say no, but if he'll leave his name and number I'll call him back if I need him. He
asked if the girl I hired was who I was waiting on. A little taken aback I said yes, and he told me that was his wife and he would be taking her
I had just sat there a good thirty minutes, already late, and this dude is playing some kind of game!
So I thanked him, told him he was on the list, and hung up. I called the first name on my list, he took the job and was there inside of 15 minutes. We
finished on time, and he turned out to be the best employee I ever had. He knew nothing about wiring, but he was willing to work, eager to learn, and
never said "No" to anything I asked of him. I wound up starting a couple of other small enterprises and this guy worked them as well. When I decided
I couldn't turn down a job offer out of town, I even offered to back him in continuing the business: a full partnership, he would get to use all my
tools, he would have all my contacts, and I would be available if he needed to know how to do something.
I still wish he hadn't turned me down, but he was afraid of going it on his own.
Out of three employees in a simple job, two screwed me and almost left me missing a deadline. Two others played games with me when I tried to hire
them. Now I am sure every one thought they were just doing what was in their best interests, but the one guy who wanted to work was the one who
actually did good for himself.
Now, just how surprising is it that employers are suspicious and cynical after dealing with that kind of idiocy year after year?