Dictator Boss and How to Deal With It
Posted by: davisimom
I am a publicist for a comedian. His office is in his home, and there are only three of us in there, including him. While he is quick to give monthly tokens of appreciation such as gift cards, or a lunch out, etc., he is an absolute dictator in the office. His biggest beef is doing any work at all, and I mean any, that was not expressly assigned by him. For example, a few months ago, my toolbar on my computer was jumbled. When I went to fix it for MY convenience, he told me not to. A few minutes later, when we were between tasks, I made the 30 second adjustment. He went balistic, telling me he told me not to do that and I had gone against his authority. Since that time, I have "slipped" up on several occassions. The latest was yesterday when I printed something off of my computer to help my collegue. Today, I am told that type of conduct is a "deal breaker" and he needs to know he has my absolute obedience. If I ever do any activity again not assigned by him, I am fired. In addition, he is rarely wrong, knows more than everyone else, has worked harder than everyone else and is never open to discussion on ANYTHING once he decides on something. Yesterday the computer I am on sent out 80 of the same e-mail, but he absolutely wouldn't hear that it might be a virus. Nevermind that the computer hasn't been scanned for viruses in 9 months. Unfortunately, I can't just walk out b/c I need the income. I am looking elswhere though. Until then, I could use some balanced, sensible feedback!
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