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Monday, October 05, 2009

Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

I cannot emphasize enough, or with enough italics how grateful I am to have a new job.

Once upon a time I had a boss who was and is very judgmental. And for someone who really didn't have any backbone, he sure did have a lot to say about things. For example, if you're not a member of his religious sect, he will tell you that he believes you're condemned to hell. My first question is this: why the heck are we discussing religion in the workplace? My second question is this: who gives you the right to judge and then voice those judgments?

Another example involves a change we experienced in the pay period. It slightly altered the amount we could expect to get in each pay period, even for those with salary-based pay. My boss said it shouldn't really affect any of us because we're woman and we aren't the breadwinners in our families. It was at that point I told him my husband had been unemployed for a number of months, but thanks anyway for the input.

You're interested in another unbelievable little tidbit, aren't you? It gets better. One time, I told my boss I was giving two weeks' notice. He asked me if I was so desperate to move on that I just took the first thing that came along. I told him I'd been preparing for a job such as this for 9 months. Then he told me I better not get pregnant. After that, I was pretty much done talking to him.

At my new job, my boss never accuses me of being pregnant. My boss never implies that my work is of less value because I'm a woman. My boss never ever makes me feel wrong about my religious beliefs. He is nothing but supportive, even when he is correcting my mistakes.

I feel like my boss has a heart. He has a great love for young adults. He works with them as part of church calling, and I can see why. He is easy to talk with and work with. He makes you feel like you matter.

And he lets us all eat the pie that he buys for clients.


  1. I'm so happy for you, Liv. Before I had Gaius, I too had a terrible job, with a terrible boss. Thankfully, he worked in a different office, so I didn't have to deal with him very often. But I always came home miserable. It makes SUCH a difference (for me, my husband, and my marriage) to come home from work without wanting to whine and complain (I'd use stronger words, but don't want to offend with my language!) about everything.

    So, many congrats again on the new job! :)

  2. That's just regular discrimination. I'm so glad you're out of there.

  3. Once upon a time, I am pretty sure I had this same boss...words cannot even begin to describe how I still get the heebee geebees when I hear his name or think about everything he said to me that was degrading.

    I am so glad that neither of us work there anymore!

  4. I am so glad that things worked out for you to move on! While blessings may be long in coming sometimes, they are always worth it. I am happy it was your turn for a blessing or two. :)

  5. Hooray for bosses that don't suck! Did anyone ever turn that guy in for discrimination? What a dork! I am so glad your new boss totally makes up for the old one. Hooray again!


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