Recently I was digging through some of my “digital clutter” (hard to believe that term didn’t exist a couple of decades ago!) when I came across this gem: “Differences Between You and Your Boss”. I have no idea who was the original source for this, but if your boss or supervisor or other superiors at your workplace are driving you crazy and you can’t figure out exactly why, maybe it has something to do with the workplace culture we find ourselves in – not all of us are held to the same standard! It turns out you and your boss really are different.
As some of you probably already suspect, what might be OK for your boss is definitely not OK for you!
Differences Between You and Your Boss
Have you ever noticed any of these “differences”?
- When you take a long time to do a job, you’re slow. If your boss takes a long time, he’s thorough.
- If you don’t get something done, you’re lazy. When your boss doesn’t get something done, he’s too busy.
- When you make a mistake, you’re an idiot.
- If you do it your own way, you don’t do what you’re told. When your boss does it, he’s showing creativity.
- When you do it on your own, you’re overstepping your bounds. If your boss does it, he’s demonstrating initiative, or leadership.
- If you take a stand, you’re being bull-headed (or you have a bad attitude). When your boss takes a stand, he’s being firm.
- When you violate a rule, you’re self-centered. If your boss skips a few rules, he’s being original.
- If you please your boss, you’re brown-nosing. When your boss pleases his boss, he’s being co-operative.
If your boss makes a mistake, he’s only human.
And Still More Apparent Contradictions…
- When you help a peer, you’re not busy enough. If your boss does it, he’s a team player.
- If someone else does your work, you’re passing the buck. When someone else does his work, he’s assigning responsibility. (Or the more du jour business buzzword, delegating.)
- When you’re out of the office, you’re wandering around. If your boss is out of the office, he’s “on business”.
- If you call out sick, it’s assumed you’re out golfing. When your boss calls out sick, he must be very ill.
- When you apply for leave, you must be going for a job interview. If your boss applies for leave, it’s because he’s overworked.
- If you’re seen shopping during work hours, you’re a slacker. When your boss is doing the same, he’s picking up office supplies.
- When you get a raise, you’re lucky. If he gets one, he really earned it.
- If you do a good job, you get a pat on the back. When he does a good job, he gets a bonus.
These are just examples of what I’ve seen in my own work life. We haven’t even touched on the boss’s favorites, i.e., his or her clique. That’s a whole other story, and an article all by itself.
Do you see the pattern here? Are you, or have you, experienced a similar trend in your own work life? Don’t hold back — this is the time and place to vent!