Do You Hate Your Boss?
|Do You Hate Your Boss?
We can pick our job, but we can't pick our boss. Lately, many
can't even choose their job, it chooses them. People have this collective
notion that they can work independantly without any guidance from a boss.
Maybe this comes from having a bad experience with the stereotypical bad boss.
Perhaps the employee is just unteachable, and it doesn't matter how good or bad
the boss is, it's the employee that needs an attitude adjustment. But weather we
like our boss or not, it is unscriptural for us not to obey them and do the tasks
we're asked to perform. Workers who feel discriminated against, or just have a
grudge against authority will often give less than their expected "100 %". in fact,
they rarely let onto how much workload they can handle in order to give less
than they're able to. Spending all day surfing the internet behind the bosses'
back, chit-chatting on the company phone lines, and taking extra breaks do
not imply that you're on board with your boss.
I worked for a preschool as a teacher and had a less than likeable boss. It
seemed that she did whatever she could to make me miserable and make the
workload heavier. One example was when I was copying coloringbook pages
on the printer for color time. I was told I had to buy colorbooks for the whole class
or "trace" the pictures and then copy them so I would not be infringing on
copyrights. Well, that was absurd. I wasn't reproducing and selling coloring books.
I was just using them in class and half the kids just threw them in the trash. Did
I tell her she was being a royal pain in my butt? No. I found a lighted lap board
and traced every page with a sharpy so the lines were thick and dark as the
original copy. I did so good a job that she accused me of making original copies
until she saw my light up lap desk. Her facial expression could have made
In that same month, I brought in a lap harp and was playing some tunes while
singing along. I let the kids take turns playing, following the numbered music
cards. They loved it so much and we were in the middle of a joyous lesson time
when my boss wandered in, again, with a look that could sour milk. "Oh, she said,
"Isn't that special?", much like Dana Carvey's hilarious "Church Lady" impression.
No good deed goes unpunished and so, my boss came by to announce that she
had hired a professional harpist to come play for the school's church. She took
the liberty of placing invites in all the kid's mailpouches. It was a big
dissappointment to her when none of the kid's or their parent's
The final straw was when I was reprimanded for taking off two days to
sit bedside of my father who lay dying of cancer. "You're not the only person
with problems.", she said, "You need to be here." For not telling her off or
showing her disrespect, I was offered another teaching job and she lost 6
out of nine of her preschool staff the year I left. If we honor the employer-
boss relationship, we are in a sense honoring God, and He respects that.
He will reward us eventually if we keep the faith and act rightly.There are rewards
and punishments in life that depend on weather or not we obey those in authority
Matthew 8:9-I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have
authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come.
And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this,' they do it."
Hebrews 13:17-Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as
men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that
would be of no advantage to you.