From the title, you’ll know that I have a crazy boss and yes, it is ‘have’ not ‘had’ which means I’m still working for him.
Everyone in my life knows about my boss. They have tried their best to persuade me to leave him for another company. In fact, I had been offered many times, a much better paying job or better prospects somewhere else.
Every time a job offer lands on my lap, I took time to seriously consider it but every single time, I turned down the offer. Before I tell you why, let me draw out a picture for you, just how crazy is my boss.
I’ve been fresh out of college when I went to work at my sis’s old real estate agency, providing basic typing and filing paperwork. The agency’s shareholders split up and left my boss with the clients portfolios. He kept some of us and let most of the other staff go. The rumour was that the other bosses didn’t like working with him and couldn’t agree on his business ethics.
I was at the bottom and I was young, I couldn’t care less unless you stop paying my salary. The money is good, the job was just across the street from where my family lived and they didn’t care about my attire (which was mainly tee and jeans). So I don’t have to spend on transport or clothes, I saved a lot. I even saved on lunch money because I can cross the street to go home every lunchtime.
My boss got worse in his behaviour or maybe I started to take notice, now that the ‘agency’ consist of only me, my sis, another guy in sales and him.
My boss would yell at the slightest mistake and loses his temper. He is a ‘thrower’. He throw things at random or whatever was within his reach at us. Telephones, laptops, staplers, mugs, files, you get the idea.
He even tried throwing a chair at my sis once!
He missed, of course. But that’s when my sis had enough and left her job. She ended up moving to another city for a rare job opportunity.
Besides being a thrower and a yeller, he cursed and swear like a drunken sailor that would make any biker gang blush. He doesn’t care if he do it in front of clients. He is also extremely rude and love to put us down.
He’ll make remarks like “No wonder you’re single when you are so stupid.” or “How can someone gave birth to someone so dumb?” or “Of all the idiots in the world, I have to hire you.”
Soon enough, my only colleague left his job. So it’s just me and my boss. By this time, he moved the business into his home because he said it makes no sense to run a two-person show on a rental premise. Although his house was further, it is just another 20 minutes walk for me. I take it as regular daily exercise for me. Because it is just me and him, my job responsibilities increased.
On top of paperwork, I now added on secretarial duties and basically a personal assistant for him. I do his books, cook his lunch (sometimes dinner too, if we need to do overtime to rush through paperwork), buy his groceries and make appointments for him. He allows me to cook my own lunch too since I cook his.
My mother was concerned that I was spending so much time alone with my boss in his house.
Luckily, he hasn’t cross any inappropriate lines or show any interest in me other than to yell at me or put me down. My sis thinks I enjoy being a martyr. My dad thinks I deserve something better. I think I’m lucky to have a job in this kind of economy.
I have been with my boss for more than 10 years. Friends call me complacent while I like to think of myself as blindly loyal. I don’t see myself leaving anytime and probably you’ll still see me working for my crazy boss in the next 10 years.
For crazy bosses stories, here are some to read:
How To Work With Bosses From Hell And Remain Unscathed
How to Deal with a Bad Boss
Tell Me Your Worst Boss
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