C’est le blah, but my boss rules

12 Apr

It’s one of those days.

My brain seems both really active and really dumb since I started the Wellbutrin. I’ve been having an easier time at work focusing and getting stuff done, and an easier time with analysis and recommendations. (I administer a company wide survey if you wonder what I do all day-it’s actually more interesting than it sounds. And busy.) Even my boss commented that she’s been liking my new meds. πŸ™‚

That’s how cool my boss is. I told her about my bipolar diagnosis without any fear of reprisal or workplace consequences. She knows I have bad days, and that I also make up for those days in spades when they wear out. She’s had people in her life before with mental illness, so she understands when I talk about having a case of “the stupids” or when I’m manic and won’t stop talking. SHE UNDERSTANDS.

I’m so lucky-I really am. Many people do not have employers who are kind to their circumstances. My boss lets me adjust my work hours, within reason. My boss trusts my judgement. My boss understands how hard it is to be a working mother since she’s a single working mother.

I shouldn’t be feeling so lucky-everyone should have empathetic, fair employers. Everyone should be able to explain their illness without worry. Every woman should be able to take their daughter’s birthday off with the blessing and good wishes of their boss.

My boss makes my life so much easier in so many ways. It’s one of the biggest reasons I stay with my company. Makes you think how much you can increase employee loyalty-it’s not really money-it’s a flexible realistic boss who lives in the same world as you.

How about you? What’s your boss like?

8 Responses to “C’est le blah, but my boss rules”

  1. Heather April 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    My boss…oh boy.

    She’s got too much on her plate and while nice, is kind of a airhead.

    She demands and orders rather than asks. I hate that. She doesn’t use please and thank you.

  2. Jason Dufair April 12, 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    I have three bosses and they’re all great. They knew Anna pretty well (she worked for at least 2 of them, I think), so they’ve been completely understanding of my situation and of my going part time. Still are. They also know I work really hard and can accomplish more in a half day than some people can all day.

  3. venessa April 12, 2007 at 6:57 pm #

    Boss? I wish. John’s boss is really cool though. Let’s him work at home when he needs to, doesn’t care how he gets stuff done as long as it gets done, very family-oriented guy. No benefits though since John is the only employee. That really sucks.

  4. Jennnifer April 12, 2007 at 11:40 pm #

    Thats awesome that you have a cool boss. All of mine have been assholes.

  5. Netter April 13, 2007 at 9:08 am #

    My boss is great. He doesn’t know about my PPD, but it hasn’t been terribly relevant in the office; it’s more of a problem at home. He’s great when I need to be out with the B, though.

  6. Caitlin April 13, 2007 at 10:27 am #

    The boss I had when I was pregnant was… deluded. She was 57 and caught the world’s worst case of babies rabies. It got to the point where she wasn’t able to pay her bills because she’d buy hundreds of dollars of little girls clothes on ebay (because she just knew she was having a girl).

    She started giving off this really creepy vibe around my 8th month and the company owners and the hr lady decided it’d be better if I worked from home. I couldn’t work from home indefinitely, and she was the main reason I decided not to return to work.

    I freelance now, and my current clients are pretty cool. We’re all geocachers, so when we do our meetings, we try to do them on days when there’s a caching event. They also love kids, and don’t mind me bringing Paul or Jack, since it’s a 5 hour drive for me.

  7. heidi April 14, 2007 at 7:31 pm #

    My boss hired me when I was 6 months pregnant, then let me go on early maternity leave. I nurse the baby right at my desk or take as many pump breaks as I need. Sometimes I take insane 2 1/2 hour lunches to go home and nurse, hang out with Bu, and eat.

    So, yeh, she rocks. She says her flexibility is my “perk” since the clinic doesn’t offer benefits.

    Yay for awesome bosses!

  8. mercurial scribe April 15, 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    Lucky you.

    My boss is a wanker. And currently trying to fight me on my Worker’s Comp filing. πŸ˜•

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