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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering what kind of supervisor everyone had. I'll tell you about mine first. My supervisor is the boss from H_ _ _. (We kept trying and trying and trying -- and we just can't get rid of this one)!!!!!

My supervisor doesn't want us to talk, smile, laugh, or stop for a minute. She will walk through the work area making sure that none of these things happen---ever---not even on our breaks.

Every day we catch my supervisor making many mistakes. Here are only a few, there are many more:
1. She can't read the time cards.
2. She has many strange and unexplained absences from work.
3. Doesn't understand how our job is done.
4. Really messes up if she tries to actually work.
5. Can't remember the system that she put in place.
6. Can't understand how to set up a work schedule.
7. Thinks up endless lists of little extras for us to do.
8. Can never remember what she wrote down on these endless lists.
9. Comes to work mostly to read magazines.

This one won't go away!!!!
post #2 of 18
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to say we are taking suggestions on getting rid of this one.
post #3 of 18
My "supervisors" used to be called dispatchers but now they choose to call themselves "fleet managers". We have some other,more colorful names for them but I won't repeat them here. They are supposed to match trucks with loads...sounds quite simple. but unfortunately that seems to be beyond their grasp. Where one truck is needed they send 5 and tell us to do the best we can. Unfortunately we don't get paid for waiting to load/unload or running empty. So we wind up working 70+ hours for peanuts. Remember this the next time you see a trucking school ad.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

I have some friends who are truck drivers, so I know what you're talking about. And I have heard some of the trucking companies don't maintain their trucks properly.

Now I want to add something positive. I have found a lot of truck drivers to be some of the nicest, politest drivers in everyday traffic situations.
post #5 of 18
Thank you,it is appreciated. Since the normal yearly milage for a trucker is 120,000 miles we do get experience in a host of traffic situations and weather conditions that the average car driver never sees. The inch of snow that ties up traffic in the south is barely noticeable to one of us from the Frozen North,so you might think we're driving way too fast. We do sometimes forget that the folks around us are not so familiar with it.

Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down!!! (old cb saying)
post #6 of 18
Ok!! This is just what I need to vent!!! ARRRGGGHHHHHH!!!! Right, this is not about my supervisor, but its people I work with so it's kind of applicable......... here we go then, : I work as a Receptionist for a very large company, which has (supposedly) very strict security because of what we manufacure here, so every night when I leave I have to hand the switchboard over to the security men so that it is always manned (we have 24 hour workers here), anyway, as usual the bus services suck and are very irregular, - I have to get the bus home but I don't finish work till 5.30 - the closest bus comes at 6.15...great, so the clever bus company decides to put in an extra bus at 5.25, - so as you would, I leave just in time to catch that bus home...not a problem right? Well apparently it is!!! The security men who take over the switchboard have gone to my boss complaining that Im leaving earlier and earlier every night!!! (as it is I leave work at 5.25 and have to run as fast as I can to get the bus!!) and they said "It's no good Rhea smiling and waving at us everyday hoping we'll let her go early" !!!! The CHEEK!!!! (I thought, fine, I won't smile and wave anymore, I'll give you the finger instead!!! ha ha ha) OF course I told my boss why I was leaving early and he didn't have a problem with it, - but he said if they moan to him again, I'll have to stop catching that bus!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Sorry if this sounds petty people, but it really does annoy me when I could leave 2 minutes early and be home by 6.15,- but noooooo I have to wait till 6.15 to even get on the bus!! Then I don't get home till 7.05!!!!! grrrrrr, and the worst thing is that I've been told not to have a go at the security men because they have threatened not to take the switchboard!! So get an answering machine!!!!

(Ok sory, Im giong to go take some deep breaths now.... )
post #7 of 18
Well, being a stay-at-home mom, I'm the boss, which I regularly remind my kids. It's great!
post #8 of 18
Acutally, I have to say that I have a great supervisor - She is thoughtful and allows me to work independently - which is important to me. And the best part is - she is a nurse and has ofered to help we with my shots of Avones for my MS!! We have worked together for almost 18 years - and are still friends. Guess that is a rarity these days.
post #9 of 18
This reminds me of a few years back when I had a little 1 man,1 truck business. On my way home one night I stopped and was having a bite at a truckstop restaurant. At a nearby table was a group of women having a bi...ummm...grouse session about how big a pain their bosses were.

After a while I told them that while I appreciated their feelings they were fortunate. My boss watched everything I did 24/7. I had to account for every cent I spent and every moment of work or personal time...my life had to be an open book. To top it all off I had no choice but to sleep with my boss EVERY NIGHT!!!

Well a whole tablefull of shocked expressions. Then the outpourings of sympathy..You poor man. That's HORRIBLE. You should report her(notice how they all assumed my boss was female?). I was their "sister".

Of course,being the fine and honourable soul that I am ..I could not take advantage. I had to disclose that my boss was ME. Fortunately this brought gales of laughter:laughing2 :laughing2 and the picking up of my lunch cheque.:LOL:

Hey...I'm a gentleman..I never said I was stoopid!!!!! :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:
post #10 of 18
Hey Bodlover, at least your bus service seems ok. here in Utah, the regular bus route ends at 7:00 pm. and the night shift begins. Every hour, all the night routes wait for fifteen minutes. And the night routes end at 12:00. I take two buses to school, one bus to work(its ten minutes from school), and two buses home.

My work is very bad. When I went into training, I was trained about good customer service, safety issues, how to clean things, and how to keep the 7-11 store cleaned. Well, I start to work and no one does good customer service. One girl never smiles. When I go to work, the store is very messy. When someone spills something, it doesn't get cleaned up. I am the only one that regular cleans the bathroom. I have two supervisors. One is on vacation and is going to return next week. We agreed that I was to come in from 3 pm to 10:30 pm so I can catch the last buses home. The first bus I catch is at 11:00 pm which is the last one on that route. Then it takes me to another bus which leaves at 11:15pm, which is the last route. Fridays I work from 1 to 5 pm. There is another supervisor that is helping out while my first one is on vacation. She tells m what to do that is different from my first one. My first boss says I when I come in that I have to clean and stock the store, then put groceries away. And if the store is busy, to help bag customers' groceries. The temporary supervisor says no, that I have more important things to do than help out. My first supervisor told me that I have to stock every shelf full of things. The temporary says no, that not too many things. I wish people would make up their minds! There is really bad communication in this job. I am looking for a new job.
post #11 of 18
Kittyfoot - You're killing me here - that was a GREAT story!

:tounge2: :tounge2: :tounge2: :tounge2: :tounge2:
post #12 of 18
Kittyfoot, you're a legend. :laughing2 :laughing: :laughing2 :laughing: :laughing2 :laughing: :laughing2

I have a theory about mean bosses/supervisors. I believe that they KNOW that you are smarter than they are. Lorie, your supervisor is a classic example. Someone who is comfortable with their position and has nothing to prove wouldn't be that mean. (unless of course they are a sadist - like my last boss. I swear he must have had a little whip and a pair of suspenders hidden under his clothes)

My defense has always been sweetness. If you are unfailingly polite and sweet it drives them absolutely nuts. And the best part is that they can't do anything about it.
post #13 of 18
I have 3 bosses and my immediate 1 is my significant other. I divide my time between shop #1 where the owners work and shop #2 where my s.o. works all the time. The shops are 15 miles apart. Fortunately, the owners are great people, my s.o. is a sweetie and it's a nice drive. I'm still low kat in the litter box, but I don't mind. The worst part of my job is when my customers faint on me!
post #14 of 18
Well, I am with Dawn on this one. I am also a stay at home mom, so my only supervisors are my two kids!!! And boy, can they be hardcore at times!! My daughter is the queen of tantrums, and my son can whine up a storm when he wants to. But do you know what????????? I have the best job in the whole world and wouldn't change it for anything. I love being a stay at home mom, its the best!! For all of you that have to go to a job, I feel for you though. I worked for a long time, and there is nothing worse than a lousy boss!!!!!!!
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Boo---I am going to try your defense for awhile to see what happens. We have talked among ourselves (quietly) and everyone agrees that this supervisor is very insecure and uncomfortable in her job. And it shows because she won't take any job related suggestions from others. Sometimes we even get instructions that are in conflict with the previous instructions like Nena10 does, except our instructions come from only one person.
post #16 of 18
Guess what? In the past week, the police has come to visit us. They always come in to check on us, but this week is for major jobs,if you know what I mean. First, one employee was fired because she sold cigarettes to an under age kid who was acting as a undercover. The police ara doing this alot because many employees don't ask for ID whenever someone who looks young tries to buy beer or cigarrettes.
Then, a couple of kids came and bought some colored hair spray(for Halloween) and sprayed it on the outside walls of the store. The police past by just then and caught them. They brought the two boys into the store and had them ask me for two pails of soapy water and brushes to clean the spray off.
Then, three days ago, a man came in and grabbed a 18 pack of budwiezer that was near the entrance and ran out without paying for it. Luckily, we have cameras inside and outside the store and the man was caught.
And the last one was yesterday. A man came into the store and went to the coolers were all the beer and cool drinks are. He grabbed two 24-ounce cans of beers and walked out the store without paying for it. Two employees saw him and called the police. Funny thing is that the idiot didn't even try to run away. He was standing in the grass by the side of the store and was drinking his beer. There were five police cars and two police trucks from the K 9 unit. They arrested the dumb idiot on the spot. I can't believe there were 10 police officers on the scene for a beer run! The police was there for two hours. Two of them came in and interviewed the employees who witnessed it. I like days like this. I sort of felt sorry for the idiot who was lying on the grass with his arms on his back. A couple of weeks ago, a man was arrested at this same store. I believe it was for drugs because the police were not in uniform and they took the seats out of his car and checked everything. Or maybe he murdered someone.
post #17 of 18
Hey Nena - you could submit these to one of those 'dumb crook' TV shows!:tounge2: :tounge2: :tounge2: :tounge2:
post #18 of 18
you know, mine aren't cut and dried good or bad. They're just normal people who have good and bad days. I try to remind myself of that when they piss me off!
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