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Boss's Boss

My boss's boss D came in like a storm and wrecked everything in her path. She started with the keyboard.

Ever since I got a sweet new Logitech keyboard, I've used the filthy one for student use only, by slipping it on the other side of the monitors, so they can use it when they come up to the desk (as someone who likes to avoid student germs, this is my best idea yet). I also popped off the two Enter keys, because either habit (or just sheer idiocy) forces them to hit enter when they've finished typing pretty much anything, regardless if they can see that there's a whole form to fill out (it really messes things up to hit enter early).

So D came in and stopped at my keyboard to bitch about it. "What's going on with this keyboard?" My co-worker Y and I look over and see nothing wrong with it. "What do you mean? It's been there for half a year now," I replied. "What's going on with it??" I moved my monitor to see if there was anything wrong with it. Y asked if there was something on it. D held it up and said it's busted up. "I took the Enter keys off. It's been like that the whole time." "Whatever."

And then she moved on to me.

We discussed summer scheduling - there were going to be three weeks at the end of the summer where no one (except the librarians) would be monitoring the computer lab for the first hour we're open (8am. My job doesn't start til 9 - I'm in a different department, despite my desk being located in the library). The main concern is printing a sheet of guest passes, (an ability I have, but have never used). Only one person comes in over the summer who uses it, and he comes in 2 or 3 hours AFTER MY OWN shift, meaning, no one really NEEDS to be here an hour early for purposes of printing this paper at its usual time.

I was turned to my desk, finishing up helping a walk-up student when I hear, "if all else fails, Fawn'll just do it."

I turned around and tried to hold back my laughter as I said, NO. I didn't want to have to get up an hour earlier. She was dumbfounded and demanded an answer. "Who are you to say no to me?"

Since we've had a pretty easy and laid back relationship til now, I wasn't sure she was seriously upset about this or not, so I said it. "I do a lot of -"


I... was totally caught off-guard here, and it only got worse. I could barely get in any words as she went off and insulted me and my job.

I tried to say that I have gotten up early for her in the past, and I have jumped through hoops just to please her, just to get some recognition of going above and beyond my job description: when she needed someone to open the lab at the other campus, I'd get up at 5:30am just to take two buses to the other campus and open at 7:30. When she needed someone to cover AV here, I was transferred against my wishes, and put to no use. When I was needed at MY job here, I came over with no complaints. When someone needs to come in at night, I'm always the one, despite no one being here at night. Fuck, she even pressured me into making a cake for her daughter's wedding, which I assume is just because she thinks she can take advantage of the fact that I don't generally ask for money from friends - which she is not.

I tried to say these things, but I couldn't get any full sentences out as she ripped into me. Saying, I need to go and get a real job, because this job isn't real. That she'll take this into consideration when thinking about hiring a full-timer for my desk at the new building (a job that currently doesn't even exist, but something I've been working toward the entire time I've been here). That I wouldn't get up an hour earlier for the job.

Let's ignore the fact that my job doesn't start til 9am, when my job's hours of operation start. Let's ignore the fact that she's constantly bringing up my budget and that I might have to take (unpaid) time off at the end of the fiscal year because I'm running close to the end of my budget - and now she wants to tag on an extra 15 hours. Let's ignore the fact that if I had a full-time job here, I'd be on salary and making more than $10/hr. and that's worth the sleep loss. Let's ignore the fact that I'll have to get up earlier for the same job at the new building anyway, so I can get to the further destination on time.

Because she apparently ignores all the things I do for her. And she has the audacity to cut me down for saying No ONCE in all the time I'm here. Maybe I have something going on at night and could use the extra hour's sleep. Does she even ask? No. She asks what I even do here. She dangles a non-existent fantasy job in my face, treats me like a peasant who dares reject her scraps, and asks what I even do.

You know what, lady, you read my justification letter. You know damn well what I do here.


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Jul. 4th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
What the fuck? :( Oh man, I am so sorry you have to deal with such a boss :(
Jul. 5th, 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
And apparently, it was all a big misunderstanding on my part...? She came over to apologize, which came out as "what's wrong with you?!" - to which I started crying, and she quickly changed her tone.
Her joking face/voice is exactly the same as her serious face/voice, and even my coworkers were upset with what she said. Hard to take that as a joke, ya know?
I told my boss Andy, and he said, "whoh, what? Sit tight, I'll be right over" and he took me for a walk and we talked about it, and he explained that her home-life is currently falling apart and it's coming out in upsetting ways at work. He got to yell at his boss for making me so upset (his biggest upset was her saying this isn't a real job).
So everything worked out, I guess.
Jul. 5th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh man, still a stupid situation ... I hope her home-life normalizes again soon, it does sound as if you are going to keep working with her ...

(She is above Andy, right?)
Jul. 13th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
Jup! She's above Andy. Things seem fine between us, but she did roll her eyes at me today. Hopefully just being sassy and not mean. I just ignored it.
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