Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Under New Management
It's the new job...I'm out of practice. The co-CEO's of my new business keep hours 24/7 and expect the same of the staff. One of them hollers out at 2 am and if you're not there in record time, there's quite a bit of screaming and thrashing about. The other one jumps in with her own complaints, which are so indiscernible that I just do what's indicated without discussion or hesitation.
I think it's different that they're women. We want to show that gender will make no difference in how we follow their directives. They say jump, we all say "How High?" They have special beverages presented in unique ways and we all go along with it. They change their outfits for every occasion, often coordinating in clothes that are all obviously new. I feel like a frump, and the age difference is very noticeable. They both have that young dewy look and it looks so natural. I show up with my $200 foundation dripping onto my shirt collar and realize we're on the opposite ends of the spectrum. We basically communicate in different ways. They are full of emotions, while I'm trying to read the signs, and meet their needs before they have to make a big stink about it in front of everyone.
I've been caught napping on several occasions. But then so have the CEO's. Somebody has got to explain that keeping normal hours would help tremendously. Everyone who goes in with this suggestion comes out babbling like a baby, grinning goofily, with a strange smitten, I'll do anything look. I guess we're all just suckers for a pretty face. But it's sure hard to carry on with regular life with these two calling all the shots! What do you do with bosses like this?