I currently work for the most difficult boss I have ever worked for - actually, I should say that I'm working for him again. Earlier in my career, I worked for him, and even though I learned a great deal, he was a flippin' workaholic and expected me to be one, too.
Hey, I had a family!
He was absolutely the best method of birth control I've ever seen in my entire life. Six and seven days a week, "You can do it", "think of how much satisfaction you'll get when the project is through"!
He wasn't going to give me more money. I was technically in what was a supervisory position - which basically meant he could work the h3ll out of me and not pay me any overtime. It was probably the only time in my life that I dreamed about belonging to a union.
Steady hours, a couple of days off, a vacation, all of those things were only dreams to him - and subsequently for me.
He finally sold the business and I got out of bondage - really! I felt like I had been a slave the whole time.
I showed him, though. I found a job with way better hours. Heck, I could do 50-60 hours a week standing on my head with one of my arms tied to one of my legs. I even had time for a vacation - and the money! I worked in a business that was closed on government holidays, and with the Monday thing got 3 or 4 or 5 three day week ends that I got paid for the Monday.
I guess when they say, "What goes around comes around" it means you are going to get what you got or catch what you've caught or something like that, because I'm working for him once again.
I don't know what's happened, but he's different this time. He's learned how to chill now. Things that used to drive him crazy ("Bob, if you're on time, you're already 15 minutes late!") don't bother him nearly as much. On time is good enough.
The hours are better, too. If we've had a really tense week, he sometimes lets me go home a few hours early - or better yet, I get to start the next day a couple of hours later than my usual time.
I'm sure we've all had a boss like mine sometime in the past, because my worst boss and my best boss were one in the same. They were me. I finally got to the point where I could really set and keep priorities - those priorities being my wife, family, church and friends and He who has blessed me with all of them, my Lord.
However my week was, I'm responsible for it. The only thing that's bugging me now is that with all the snow and thawing, my garden is too squishy to work in. But I'll get there - or not. It just depends.