Dear Mouthy Housewives,
I need help with our tyrant of a boss. He is an arrogant oppressor. He comes from a very wealthy family and has no clue what it takes to raise a family. The company I work for is a large industrial facility so he makes a huge amount of profit (that is an assumption) but pays us very little.
During our last pay negotiations, he offered us a 20 cent raise and had the nerve to tell us that it was a generous offer and he was offended that we didn’t want to take it. Most of my co-workers and myself are highly skilled and trained in this field and we deserve more. Right now we are so far below the national average for this industry and it is discouraging. I am making 13 dollars an hour and trying to support a family on this (as are many of my co-workers).
Most of them are afraid to fight because they fear losing their jobs which would cause other hardships. Just the look on his smug little face makes me want to vomit. Oh, did I mention he is 27 years old and his grandma gave him this company as a toy and she is even worse than him?
How do I fix this?
Horrible Bosses is Not Just a Movie
Dear Horrible Bosses,
Boy do I know what you are going through! I have four tyrant bosses who yell at me all day and they don’t pay me one cent. Of course, if I get really annoyed with them, I can just put them in a time-out or leave them with a babysitter which is probably not an option for you.
Mean bosses suck. Seriously. It is very difficult to go work feeling undervalued everyday and desperately needing more money to support your family. And we are still in a very tough economy which doesn’t give you a lot of leverage when trying to negotiate with your 27-year-old smug face boss.
You and your co-workers could always try to unionize to give you some more bargaining power. But that could involve some risk and it sounds like your fellow employees aren’t ready to walk any picket lines. But it’s certainly worth researching.
I would highly recommend you start looking for other places to work. Clean up that resume and start networking in your industry. It may take a while in this economy, but it can feel empowering to just start taking a few steps towards a better potential job. And look for a place when there is low turnover because that’s where you’ll find the happiest, most appreciated employees.
Of course, there is the slightest, tiniest chance your boss could change his tune. I mean, did you see “The Proposal?” Sandra Bullock is the big meanie boss and then she ends up totally nice and falling in love with her assistant Ryan Reynolds. But if your boss isn’t Sandra Bullock, I would totally start job hunting.
Good luck to you,