A few weeks back, Dave shocked me into temporary (and very rare!) silence by telling me my boss is a b*tch. He’s a polite, well-spoken man who doesn’t really use much strong language. When I got over the shock of hearing him say something so violent, it occurred to me I didn’t really know what he meant.
You see, I work for myself. I do some work for clients but it’s short pieces of consulting.
I realised he was talking about me!
I asked why.
He said “she expects you do to more than is humanly possible, she makes you work huge numbers of unpaid hours, she has impossible standards, and she’s a bully”.
I’m stubborn and argumentative, but I couldn’t come up with a comeback for this. He was totally right.
When I’m looking at my workload and my priorities, I’ve started asking myself if it’s something I would think was reasonable if another person (a boss who is not me) was telling me to do it. If my reaction would be panic or indignation, it’s a good sign that I need to re-scope.
This week I realised I was having a bit of a melt-down in being assertive with my boss, so I’ve told her I’m going to take a couple of days off. I’m going away to the beach to clear my head.
My boss is not invited.
Do you work for yourself? What things help you?