Karen asked me a couple of hours ago if I missed having a boss.
Interesting question — obvious answer.
At least to me.
One of the things I so much enjoyed about the job that I had was the amount of freedom from oversight that I had most of the time. Even with that though, I was directly answerable to someone else.
Now, though, I don’t have that, which translates into significantly more freedom than I had before.
Not having a boss is more than just not having a supervisor.
It’s not having Performance Planning and Review — I didn’t even know what PP&R meant until just before I retired.
It’s not having:
- 3 hours a month at the plant, whether I spent 100 hours there last quarter or not
- condition reports for students late to class or absent
- extreme focus on safety to the point of being ludicrous
- management observation of training by people whose only qualification for evaluating my presentation is that they’ve attended some kind of training in the past
- assessment after assessment after assessment
- a safety minute every day
- a safety meeting every month
- etc., etc., etc.
It’s not being answerable to someone else for all of the things that added little value to our core business.
Like I said, the answer is obvious.
I do wear my gloves almost every day, though.
It has nothing to do with safety.
I just don’t like splinters.
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Comments on “Do I miss it?”
Mike @ 5:30 pm
Yeah, but we wear the gloves when we need them, not any time we pick up anything heavier than a pencil (mild sarcasm), and we don’t carry them around just in case we might need them.