If you’re taking pity on yourself because you think you’re saddled with the world’s worst boss, consider the story of a woman in the New York City area whose encounter with a less-than-perfect manager stayed with her for years after it occurred.
Monica Jones (not her real name), who was in her late 20s at that time, recalled how a supervisor she reported to for a period of time was especially hard on her — and had strange ways of showing it.
“I wrote an important process memo at this manager’s request. I worked incredibly hard on it for more than a week — between my other assignments. I made sure all critical points were included and went out of my way to solicit input” from senior members of her team, she said, who had more experience than she did on certain functions of the department.
Jones spent hours refining her memo, since she knew it would be part of a training manual for other staff members. “I wanted it to be as clear and instructive as possible, and I felt she’d asked me to do this for a reason — so I wanted to deliver on it.”
After she turned it in, the strangest thing happened. She was met with deafening silence...