I hate to say this after forty-two years of employment, but most of my employers were BOSSES FROM HELL. They all earned great salaries and certainly a lot more than I, even though I have six years of college, resulting in a bachelor’s in education and an associate’s degree in business administration. I learned a hell of a lot from them though, and most of it was saddening and detrimental to my having any good or memorable employee relationships, for which they had little or time, yet understanding of. I am not surprised that many of them did not proceed very far and often engendered careers that failed to bring them the happiness they sought for themselves.
Many working people receive no recognition or appreciation for the work they do. That was certainly me. I cannot remember anyone saying thank you or giving me any welcomed recognition of the work I performed over many years. My brother, who was a locksmith, also suffered the same dilemma. His work was more demanding than mine and he was often on-call all night. His boss was heartless and provided his workers with as little as possible while showering his own family with everything they could possibly want or need. Sometimes they had a hard time meeting payroll. When my brother injured his knee, the cheap employer had no health insurance coverage for his workers. My employer had only medical insurance that carried highly-priced premiums that only the managers could afford with their lucrative salaries. We both suffered for years with pain and severe physical debilitation.
My supervisor was openly derogatory to women and made abusive remarks to them regarding their weight and appearance, which is illegal. Ultimately, he crossed the line too many times and was fired after women began complaining to the owner. The only woman he treated well was his wife. This behavior went on for many years unabated. He was a very controlling and abusive man. If you must work with men like this, find another job ASAP!!! You will suffer emotionally, and perhaps physically and financially, in the long-run.
My most recent work was with a woman who was in her seventies and much too ill and overburdened to shoulder the responsibilities she had. I wonder how she is doing today. I can imagine that her burdens have only increased and the so the incessant complaining she showers her co-workers with everyday. I wish I was exaggerating, but I am not.
My brother is deceased now two years. I do not think his former employer even came to the funeral. A man he worked with for over twenty-five years; his mainstay. That is what the world has come to.