So my supervisor has been absent for a week, and the office isn’t falling apart at all. In fact, people are extremely happy because we can be productive, efficient, and get work done in a timely fashion. That is probably why my supervisor won’t retire at all, she knows the secret. The secret is that she doesn’t do anything, and if she leaves, it is not like the company will suffer. In fact, we will probably thrive.
That is the post response I have been getting after interviews. I realized how my dead end job has jaded me with making me comfortable in my position to the point where my skills aren’t exactly up to par with employer’s standards. I’m still lucky to be employed, and so is my dumb supervisor. The difference between me and her is that I am secretly learning new programs and skills on the side, while she just depends on other people. She is beyond lucky that she has seniority. We just hired a temp recently, and she is magnificent. Her previous position was much higher and has more responsibility than my current supervisor. We have made suggestions that maybe the temp should take over my supervisor’s position once she gets acquainted with the office, but she declined. My supervisor has jealously issues, and she really dislikes it when other people are “better” than her. Like today, someone gave a report to my co-worker. My supervisor was upset that the work wasn’t going to her, so she grabbed the report out of my co-workers hand, ran to her office and shut the door. Sort of childish, it’s like she is playing hide and seek or something.
Her job should definitely be advertised, and lets see how many qualified candidates we get for the position. I think half of the candidates would put in more leg work than my supervisor…who basically sits in her office and goes on the internet all day.
So I have been meeting with recruiters, and so far, it is a bittersweet experience. One of them stated that they want their candidates to be in their job roles for at least 5 years to demonstrate loyalty to their employers. What is so funny is that loyalty no longer exists from our own employers. As much as we want to stay in a company for as long as we can, our bosses can terminate us with out any notice, yet expect us to give them a two week notice when we leave. I honestly don’t want to give my job any two week notice to give them “time” to find a replacement candidate. When a layoff or firing occurs, they certainly don’t give you two weeks to give you time to look for something new, and neither do they care if you struggle financially. In this economy, it is not the candidates that aren’t loyal, it is the employer themselves. Unfortunately this is a buyer’s market in the employment world.
I worked for an owner of an extremely small company a few years back. On the first day of the job, she had me sign a lunch waiver form, so I had days where I worked a whole 8 hours (or more) without a full lunch break. She was also extremely cheap. There was only a staff of 4, and she never gave us health insurance, but stated she provides “disability insurance” just in case we get injured. This was all on minimum wage salary.
We were also her dog watcher, which was not part of my job description. No where in her job posted did she say “must be comfortable with animals”. One day, her dog urinated all over the kitchen, and when I informed her, the response was “SO WHAT, THEN CLEAN UP THE MESS”. Then she proceeds to tell me I don’t have a good work ethic before I didn’t clean up her dogs mess on the spot.
Am I in the wrong?