Boss Cannot Make Everyone Happy

I upset people. Most of the time not intentionally but nonetheless. I try my best not to, but simply being who I am, a boss, I set people off. This, I view, as unavoidable, expected and certainly not unusual in the work environment. This is real life, so suck it up, people. As a boss (or a human being), I will never try to please everyone because it is impossible. The other day I needed a small storage space cleaned: office supplies needed to be moved around, shelves dusted, old archived paperwork destroyed, and some other stuff moved around and organized. Almost all of...

Temp Agencies: Good Idea or a Career Bus...

You lost your job. You cried. You panicked. You checked your bank account a gazillion times. You added up all your bills and looked for ways and places to make cuts. You stayed up late nights, drinking, bitching and crying some more. You called your friends and asked if they knew anyone who had an opening. You emailed people you haven’t talked to in years. You sent numerous resumes. You filled out endless job applications. Then your first unemployment check arrived. You almost had a heart attack and considered panhandling. You bought ramen noodles and filled one third of...

How to Ask For A Raise

I have to admit that supervising people can be a very rewarding experience. It also can be frustrating, sometimes even maddening. People come to me with different set of problems. Some like to complain about others. Some like to ask for advice or direction they need to take with a project. Some like to have a conversation about a raise, the most intimidating discussion of all. However, I believe that if this conversation is timed correctly, researched and approached properly, the subject of a raise is not intimidating. Not at all. If anything, it can be a positive...

About What Your Boss Really Thinks

Wondering what’s going on in your boss’ head? Dying to know what the interviewing panel thinks when you are stumbling to answer a tricky question? Wishing you could know how to handle all that drama at work? Going to ask for a raise but not sure what to say? Just got promoted, feeling overwhelmed but your ego stops you from showing it to your boss? Hold and behold because you find yourself in the right place. I’ve been supervising people on and off for about twelve years. I was 25 years old when I was put in charge of fifteen people. The first year was the toughest...