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Jan 12, 2013
@ khpage
I was in your bosses position in that I worked harder than the rest of the crew at Wheat Montana Bakery and I actually had those "good people" telling me I should "slow down" because I was making them look bad. When in reality THEY were making themselves look bad .. It had NOTHING to do with me. They were just all very very lazy! Oh and btw .. I no longer work there either! LOL
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Jan 11, 2013
I once had a friend who had an Exxon station. He said they were really terriffic to work with, and often came by to visit and ask if there was anything they could do to help him. Because of !$%*!$%*!$%*! beyond his control he had to sell the station, but he never forgot the experience. With the stories of bad management being posted on this site, it is a miracle that this country manages to get anything done, since it seems to be an unspoken policy in most companies to eliminate excellence rather than promote it. Wonder if this is true for governmental !$%*!$%* as well - anyone?
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Jan 11, 2013
My first Job after the Military I had an excellent boss, he went out of his way to work harder than anyone else in the office and never once complained about it, after awhile though I found the other employees started to resent him for making them look bad except for me, because I was foolish enough to make him a friend. I remember voluntarily staying after work on Fridays to help him get paperwork done and us just talking while doing the most mundane, mind numbing part of the job.

After about a year our district manager made a visit, and my boss chose to have me sit in as his top performer so that the employees would get credit for their hard work ( even the Wally's of our district ) as well as himself. We then had it explained to us that our office had exceeded every other office in his district by 30% and that as a result we were both fired for making him look bad.

It was at that moment my naivete died and the reality of business sank in, and went on to never do more than was necessary to keep my job, until 2008 when I was downsized. Since then I've worked at my own business and been much happier, though I've lost track of my old boss from way back then over the years.

Moral of the story, it doesn't pay to do your job well. PHB for all his faults understands how the system works, namely that it's best if it doesn't work one inch better than the barest minimum.

Ever feel like Marx left a chapter out of his book?
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Jan 11, 2013
One of the better bosses I can recall ended all of our meetings (I worked remotely from HQ), with "do you need anything from me?". Her philosophy was that I knew what was expected from me, and it was her job to ensure I had what I needed to do so. By doing so, she ultimately achieved her objectives as well.
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Jan 11, 2013
Yeah. You can't buy quality of life.
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