I actually wished he would fire me!
September 28, 2011 9:06 AM Subscribe
I just snapped at my boss, but it doesn't matter. He can't fire me. Where do I go from here?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (37 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I am a licensed professional; my normally hands-off boss wanted some revisions to some drawings that made no sense to me. I've finished the revisions now. But my reaction to his requests really surprised me. I totally snapped at him, and that is completely out of character for me. I briefly thought after the exchange, "What if he fires me?" But that idea made me laugh out loud. My employment is completely secure because of my knowledge, experience, and technical skills. It would take a year or so to get someone up to speed, and meanwhile major contracts would be lost. My work is virtually supporting the entire 3-person company.
Why am I so bitter? Our office has been on a reduced work week/salary since November of 2009. I have been without benefits since 2010. I know that we are making lots of money now on projects because I have so much work to do. I am swamped and stressed out continuously. I come in at 6 am; I work late; I work on the weekends. I gladly make time for my boss's personal projects. I love my work, and I am generally the cheeriest person at the office. But it doesn't feel like its enough anymore. (I also have graduate degrees in my field and specialized certifications--the only one in my office with either.) Meanwhile, my boss has alluded to making me a partner...that's the carrot I've been chasing. I'm starting to realize it's just a figment of my imagination.
Have you been in this situation? How did you resolve it? Did you speak to your boss, buckle down harder, quit? My co-worker said that my boss will never bring us back to full salary because I work late to get the projects done at part time. (That feels true to me.) But if I don't work late, projects wouldn't get done. And that's irresponsible to our clients & projects. (And in the back of my mind is the someecards i saw yesterday--"Having a job is the new raise.")