Once upon a time in a life long ago, I worked hard. I don’t know if you could call it overworked. I never felt I had more work than I could do — if only they would let me get to it instead of using half my day in useless meetings. I always did the best job I could and worked as many hours as I needed to meet my deadlines while maintaining quality.

Blogging is the closest thing I do to “real” work these days, but I don’t get paid and I don’t have a boss unless you count me. I’m not such a bad boss, except I don’t believe in sick days. Even with a doctor’s note.

I think most of us who have worked in offices of one kind or another are mentally abused by micro-managing bosses who have never had to perform the work they are supervising.

I don’t know if that makes us overworked. I think it is closer to mistreated. The work is the easy part. Dealing with unrealistic demands, bad manners, and a myriad set of absurd rules and regulations turns a profession into a nightmare.

I’ve had a lot of bad bosses. Micro-managers and backstabbers. The cursedly mean ones whose main joy in life is making others miserable. The little emperors and empresses who think they have the right to rule your every breath.

My office, home version

I’ve had great bosses too. Managers who appreciated good work and believed it was their responsibility to help get the job done. To remove the obstacles and make work rewarding. When you’ve got a good boss, you can actually look forward to work. When you have a great boss, you don’t begin dreading Monday morning by Friday evening.

Thinking about work doesn’t give you a stomach ache and a migraine. It’s rare, but it can happen. Work doesn’t have to be a thankless grind. It so often just is and far too often.

To all the great bosses I’ve had, thank you.

To the rest? If there’s a Hell, I hope you have to work for yourself.

6 thoughts on “THE CURSE OF THE LEISURE CLASS – Marilyn Armstrong”

      1. I believe I had more than 30 “suits” in my 40 plus years in TV and radio news. Maybe 3 or 4 were decent bosses. 2 were good. One was GREAT.


  1. It is the passive-aggressive comments by the micromanagers that bothers me. Thank heaven for coworkers to bitch with. The only other option is to quit. The ‘open door’ policy…..opens right out the door and onto the street.


  2. I’ve worked in places like you say: people who don’t care about people. Makes me wonder how these folks got up there??
    A friend and I actively changed our current workplace from being a place where people hate to work to being a place that’s fun to go to. Took us about 2 years. We have a minimum of gossip (which is poison in any workplace), power plays, backstabbing, anger, etc. etc. It’s a good place to work right now. BUT it could change very easily if people get careless. Almost overnight. We try to keep things upbeat and remind people that you can have fun and be even more productive than with a frown on your face.


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