Moral of the story - A boss is always insatiable.
I don't know how it came about but at our workplace if anyone leaves before 7 pm (by then they have already clocked 10 hrs) everyone in the team starts clapping out loud to the embarrassment of the one who is leaving *early*. So, the boss really doesn't have to be a jerk at our place. The work culture does that job nicely.
>>Okay, I am kind of with the PHB on this one; why can't Dilbert just do that work at the office instead of at home? If he really is going to do the work, he should have no problem doing it at the office.<<
>>Obviously, I know you guys are going to hate me for commenting this :), but I am secure enough to post it still.<<
It guess people do not hate you, but being in despair about someone who doesn't get the picture.
I've seen a lot of real PHBs who never did real work but management by walking around. They were mistrusting everybody not to do real work, too. So they started controlling / (micro)managing. Then they found out they collected information they could not use. So they replaced their missing knowledge by prejudgement which means, to their sight, everybody was doing the wrong work, result was even more controlling / micro management.
I've been lucky to have a boss who knew everything about his business (much more then I did at that time). Very, very effecitve way of work.