Don’t Pressure Me


Fifteen matter-of-fact responses to everyday duress:

1. Like you, I wake up too early and go to bed too late.

2. I forget things. I’m human.

3. Sometimes, my bank account is empty. But because clean, wrinkle-free clothes are the perfect diversion, you may never know.

4. I haven’t eaten either, but I’m not acting crazy. Your hunger is not a tenable excuse to mistreat me.

5. I’m not quite sure what I’m doing here. Shouting won’t make it clearer.

6. I’m not your maid, your driver or the office messenger. Are you sure you know what you employed me to do?

7. I’m sick means I’m sick. Leave it alone or hire a private investigator, your choice.

8. “When I was your age…” Stop, please. I don’t need to know.

9. Haven’t you ever slept through an alarm?

10. I’m in my lane, moving at my pace. You’re free to overtake me.

11. I heard the news too, but no, I don’t care.

12. It’s not my wedding. I’m not buying the aso ebi. I don’t wear traditional caps.

13. It’s my birthday, not a charity event. I’m not buying anyone food.

14. I can afford it, I’m just not buying.

15. I’m not ready. Wait or walk away.

The Culture of Work: 9 Truths Bosses Hide From Employees


1. “I get tired of solving your problems.”

The details: “A big part of my job is listening to your problems and helping you come up with a solution. Sometimes, though, I really do wish you’d come up the solutions yourself rather than depend upon me to solve them for you.

2. “I don’t make as much as you think.”

The details: “You probably think that, as the boss, I must be rolling in dough.  However, while there are undoubtedly CEOs who make obscene amounts of money, I am not one of them. Truth be known, I’m struggling to pay my bills, just like you.”

3. “Sometimes I wish I weren’t the boss.”

The details: “Yes, I worked hard and sacrificed to get into a position of power, but maybe I might have been happier if I had just remained an individual contributor.  I kinda liked getting things done on my own.”

4. “I’m not always allowed to be candid.”

The details: “I’d just as soon not have secrets that I have to keep from my employees.  However, the reality is that I have legal obligations and organizational commitments that don’t allow me to tell you everything I know.”

5. “I know when you’re badmouthing me.”

The details: “You may think your negative comments about me aren’t going any further than the break room, but rest assured that at least one of your so-called ‘friends’ has given me the scuttlebutt.”

9 Truths Bosses Hide From EmployeesBeing an effective boss means keeping your some of your thoughts and feelings to yourself rather than sharing them with employees. Here are nine common thoughts that even great bosses sometimes have, but that are best kept private: 1.

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