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I've mentioned it before but I can't stand my boss. Ever since he threw a temper tantrum I've been so on edge around him. Especially because a lot of the time it's just me and him in the office.

And most of his conversations are just his hero stories or name dropping. Like I don't care that you know so and so. Or that you got lunch with so and so. Or that all these fanous people had a party upstairs. You obvs weren't invited, why are you talking about it? Is there anything interesting about you that doesn't involve someone who may or may not be somebody?

And ofc he wears Affliction. Ugh.
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When I started my job, we were able to bring our kiddos to the office because our dept. was in an isolated corner of the building. Well, they moved us and now of course people have complained about kids being in the office (and I do understand...even when little ones are trying to be quiet, they're loud!). So now we can't bring them in for our meetings and I have no sitter. I can teleconference into the meetings, but I liked going in and wearing business clothes, even if it was only twice a month. It's not the end of the world, I guess. It was nice while it lasted.
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I am a freelancer and one of my clients has me on retainer. They also, unlike all my other clients, do tax withholding on my pay. So they sort of think of me as an employee, I guess. I only work for them 8-10 hours a week, max. There are no benefits with such an arrangement, of course.

I donít think of myself as an employee at all. To me, they are a client. For a long time, they were trying to get me to work on-site. A lot of clients would prefer this, but itís unrealistic with my workload. I need to be able to juggle tasks between multiple clients and in order to do that, I have to have the freedom to work on whatís hot right now from my own workspace, on my own computer. It forces people to set schedules and be organized in handing off work to me, which works in my favor and keeps project creep at bay. I also bill hourly. All of this results in: I donít sit in a lot of pointless meetings or get set tasks that donít match my skill set. Works for me!

This particular client that thinks of me as an employee gets a significant price break from me on my hourly rate because they have me on retainer. They are also not very well organized in their delegation of tasks. As a result, I DO often get caught up doing things for them that really arenít my area at all. They give me a lot of things to do for which I am overqualified. I put up with it because their work gives me guaranteed income, which as a freelancer, is very nice to have. I donít have to worry about my bills, they are always covered.

Right now I am covering for someone on maternity leave from this place and reluctantly agreed to work on-site for part of one day a week. EVERY time Iím in the office, the executive director makes some sort of passive-aggressive remark, like ďwhat an unexpected surpriseĒ it is to see me (even though I keep really regular hours during this leave coverage) and how nice it is to see me in person, as I was ďstarting to just become an email addressĒ to them.

While I generally like her and think she was a good addition to this organization, I really, really hate it when she says things like this. It sets my teeth on edge.

We just learned the person I am covering for is not coming back from her leave as planned. My direct supervisor is dropping hints theyíd like me to take on even more hours and do part of this personís job.

What they donít yet know is I was planning to talk to them about changing our arrangement even before this person went on leave. I have two other clients now that use me consistently and pay me my full rate. I donít feel as vulnerable as I did before when I took this client on. Also, if I do more work at my full rate, my income will improve significantly.

So I want to become a consultant to them, just like I am with everyone else I work for. I want them to hire me on per-project basis and I want to charge them a market rate so they donít ask me to do random tasks any one of their 3 full-time office employees could do.
I have a coworker that hoards work and information and if I try to step in and help, or if she perceives that I am trying to "outshine" her, she tries to bully me into backing down.

I have spoken with my boss about this, and although she acknowledges my coworker's bad behavior, she won't do anything about it. I'm not sure what she can do because it is clear that this lady isn't going to change.

This has completely sapped any enthusiasm I had for the job and i'm considering moving on.
Formerly ladyjag123
While I feel fortunate to have a supportive, hands-off boss now, I so very much relate to, and sympathize with, all of you dealing with terrible, immature, micro-managing bosses. I have SO been there, and it really just sucks the life out of you.

When I started my job, we were able to bring our kiddos to the office because our dept. was in an isolated corner of the building. Well, they moved us and now of course people have complained about kids being in the office (and I do understand...even when little ones are trying to be quiet, they're loud!). So now we can't bring them in for our meetings and I have no sitter. I can teleconference into the meetings, but I liked going in and wearing business clothes, even if it was only twice a month. It's not the end of the world, I guess. It was nice while it lasted.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
Honestly, it is so very distracting when my co-workers bring their kids into our office. So I can see why this policy was revised. But, I can also see your conundrum. Isn't it possible to have somebody watch your kids twice a month so you can attend the meetings in person?
I am a freelancer and one of my clients has me on retainer. They also, unlike all my other clients, do tax withholding on my pay. So they sort of think of me as an employee, I guess. I only work for them 8-10 hours a week, max. There are no benefits with such an arrangement, of course.

I donít think of myself as an employee at all. To me, they are a client. For a long time, they were trying to get me to work on-site. A lot of clients would prefer this, but itís unrealistic with my workload. I need to be able to juggle tasks between multiple clients and in order to do that, I have to have the freedom to work on whatís hot right now from my own workspace, on my own computer. It forces people to set schedules and be organized in handing off work to me, which works in my favor and keeps project creep at bay. I also bill hourly. All of this results in: I donít sit in a lot of pointless meetings or get set tasks that donít match my skill set. Works for me!

This particular client that thinks of me as an employee gets a significant price break from me on my hourly rate because they have me on retainer. They are also not very well organized in their delegation of tasks. As a result, I DO often get caught up doing things for them that really arenít my area at all. They give me a lot of things to do for which I am overqualified. I put up with it because their work gives me guaranteed income, which as a freelancer, is very nice to have. I donít have to worry about my bills, they are always covered.

Right now I am covering for someone on maternity leave from this place and reluctantly agreed to work on-site for part of one day a week. EVERY time Iím in the office, the executive director makes some sort of passive-aggressive remark, like ďwhat an unexpected surpriseĒ it is to see me (even though I keep really regular hours during this leave coverage) and how nice it is to see me in person, as I was ďstarting to just become an email addressĒ to them.

While I generally like her and think she was a good addition to this organization, I really, really hate it when she says things like this. It sets my teeth on edge.

We just learned the person I am covering for is not coming back from her leave as planned. My direct supervisor is dropping hints theyíd like me to take on even more hours and do part of this personís job.

What they donít yet know is I was planning to talk to them about changing our arrangement even before this person went on leave. I have two other clients now that use me consistently and pay me my full rate. I donít feel as vulnerable as I did before when I took this client on. Also, if I do more work at my full rate, my income will improve significantly.

So I want to become a consultant to them, just like I am with everyone else I work for. I want them to hire me on per-project basis and I want to charge them a market rate so they donít ask me to do random tasks any one of their 3 full-time office employees could do.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Your career sounds exciting and rewarding! Working from home, bypassing meetings, contracting w/ multiple clients!

Sounds like a good kind of problem as you have the upper hand now.
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While I feel fortunate to have a supportive, hands-off boss now, I so very much relate to, and sympathize with, all of you dealing with terrible, immature, micro-managing bosses. I have SO been there, and it really just sucks the life out of you.

When I started my job, we were able to bring our kiddos to the office because our dept. was in an isolated corner of the building. Well, they moved us and now of course people have complained about kids being in the office (and I do understand...even when little ones are trying to be quiet, they're loud!). So now we can't bring them in for our meetings and I have no sitter. I can teleconference into the meetings, but I liked going in and wearing business clothes, even if it was only twice a month. It's not the end of the world, I guess. It was nice while it lasted.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
Honestly, it is so very distracting when my co-workers bring their kids into our office. So I can see why this policy was revised. But, I can also see your conundrum. Isn't it possible to have somebody watch your kids twice a month so you can attend the meetings in person?
Originally Posted by LAwoman
I don't have a sitter. All of my friends are back to work; Davin is the youngest in our particular group, so I'm the last of the WAHMs. I don't feel comfortable finding a sitter online. It just seems scary to me to entrust my little guy to someone I don't know, even if they have good references.
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