Business 1.0 May/June 2021

August 17th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

10 Things They Won’t Tell You

By Lyle R. Hill

The column you are about to read has been almost two years in the making. Much research, analysis and investigation has gone into it because I feel that you, the faithful readers … the few of you, that is, deserve that kind of effort.

Oh sure, I know some of you will have trouble believing that I would put that much time and energy into one of my columns. You probably think I can crank one of these things out in about 15 minutes. Well, wrong you are. Much thought, preparation, perspiration, fact-checking and even an occasional prayer goes into my writing. As for this particular piece of work, I actually started collecting the data after reading yet another one of those “Ten Things Certain People Won’t Tell You Although They Probably Should” articles that have become so popular. You know the ones: “The Ten Things Your Oral Hygienist Won’t Tell You About Your Mouth,” or “The Ten Things Your Waitress Would Tell You If She Could.”

So after reading about a half dozen of those things, I decided to put my own list together and I decided to title it “The Ten Things Employees Would Like To Tell Their Bosses If They Didn’t Need Their Jobs Any Longer.”

Yes, I know it’s a long title but it’s needed to explain the premise. So after dozens of conversations, interviews and many promises of confidentiality, here are my findings. I actually had many more things that people would like to tell their bosses but some of them were not printable in a family-friendly magazine. The ones in this list are those most commonly mentioned and include select statements from survey participants (with just a little editing, of course.) Most of the participants were from the glass industry. Some of you readers might even see your own quote being used.

1. Being the Boss Does Not Make You Infallible: “My boss’s judgment is worse than most of his subordinates, but he has the big title and gets the bigger paycheck, so he thinks he must be smarter than the rest of us. He knows so little.”

2. I Am Your Employee, Not Your Servant: “I can’t stand that I have to pick up my boss’s dry cleaning, take her car to get it washed, and run personal errands for her. Who does she think she is?”

3. Leave Your Personal Problems At Home: “I play the role of analyst for my boss about three days a week. He’ll tell me his life’s woes by the hour and still expect me to get all of my own work done. I really don’t care that his marriage is in trouble and his kids are messed up. I’ve got my own problems.”

4. They Know When You Are Lying: “My boss is an incredibly bad liar, but I think she actually believes that we believe her. We know more about what’s going on than she does.”

5. Clean Up Your Act: “My boss really needs to start showering every day. Some days it gets a little gamey around the office.”

6. Don’t Dress in the Dark: “My boss wears these incredibly tasteless outfits. He is a living model of What Not to Wear. While everyone pretty much laughs at him, no one would dare tell him. He doesn’t take criticism well.”

7. Stop the Drama Already: “My boss is a drama king. Everything is pumped up bigger than it needs to be, and it honestly gets old after a while. Just tell it the way it is. Cut the exaggeration. That would be better for everyone.”

8. Straighten Up: “My boss has developed a real drinking problem. I know she’s under a lot of stress, but when you lose control of yourself, you lose control of the situation. When confronted, she denies she has a problem. She’s supposed to be our leader, and right now she just isn’t there for us.”

9. Don’t Play the Blame Game: “My boss can never admit that he’s wrong. Someone else is always blamed for his bad decisions or the failings of his leadership. And equally as bad, he takes credit for the good work of others with his bosses.”

10. Just Ask: “Nobody knows everything, and a lot of times we, the subordinates, could really be of help, but we never get asked for our input. I guess the boss thinks that would be a sign of his own weakness or maybe he just likes playing the dictator role.”

Lyle R. Hill is the former owner of a window film company in the Midwest. He also serves as president of Glass.com®, an information portal and job generation company for the glass industry. Hill has more than 50 years of experience in film and glass-related industries and he can be reached at lhill@glass.com

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