July 20, 2011 2:31 PM Subscribe
My boss never says "please" or "thank you."
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (36 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Full story: I work in a technical capacity (think: repairing things) with my boss. He is a brilliant technician, and/but also has some "non-neurotypical" issues with language, both written and verbal.
From all the years I've worked for him, I'm pretty sure that he sincerely does not understand the purpose of words like "please" and "thank you." He talks to customers in a similarly matter-of-fact way that borders on curt. He isn't too concerned if customers leave because they don't like his tone, because he doesn't want to deal with people who don't get along with him the way he is. He's an older guy, and he's been doing what he does for almost 40 years.
When it comes to me working with him, I need to make it possible for him to do his job, and it's very time-sensitive and detail-oriented work. So he says "out of the way," or "give me that," or "over there" (to tell me to move) or just makes hand gestures.
It's starting to drive me nuts, but I don't know what to do. Does anyone have experience resolving issues like this with people who aren't quite wired for social graces?