Hi: My name is K. Lee and I am writing an e-book about horrible, terrible, very bad bosses. And yes, I have had my share. Some have been blatant and obvious, others have been covert and egregious.
In the economic times we live in, it’s a employers market for jobs. We all need to pay the bills so we often can’t be as choosy as we like. Bosses can. A few years ago, one needed a minimum of a Bachelors Degree to work at just about any job. Now, degrees are not worth as much as before. We feel lucky to just have a job so we tend to hold onto them, all the while being treated poorly by bosses who remind us daily that we are replaceable.
Is it any wonder workplace stress claims are on the rise?
So, after some trial and error, I have learned that there are many people out there who have a story to tell and I hope you will tell it to me.
Now some of you might think “I am too afraid of being caught”. Let me assure you that I will never use your real name, email or anything that has to do with your boss or former boss. Their current employees and families deserve the discretion that I will afford them. Anyone who decides to share with me will be asked to sign a disclaimer that assures you and them this very protection. This form is optional. However, even if you don’t choose to sign it, the protection is there for me as well.
Now for the meat and potatoes. If you have gotten to this point, I must have piqued your interest. You have taken a small step toward some sense of justice. I am hoping that this forum will prompt you to share with me the details of how and why you were dismissed or quit.
For instance, did you supervisor make crude jokes in front of you and then you were fired for complaining? When the bosses niece needed a job did you suddenly lose yours? What about when you turned 50 and suddenly your desk was packed up. Were you asked to do something illegal the let go because you said no?
These examples happened to me. And no doubt they have happened to you as well. For all I know something like them has happened to every single worker out there in some fashion. Perhaps it hasn’t happened to you but did to a friend or relative. If they want to add their story they are more than welcome to share too.
Now that you know what is needed from you, here is the plan.
I want to have at least 500 submission before I begin editing, but that isn’t etched in stone. I have about 165 and counting. I submitted craigslist posts in major cities and got a few trickling in here and there, then and again. I want a flood. I want my head spinning, my fingers hurting and my eyes dried out from typing till 3am. I work from home so this is my biggest project right now. I work on it daily, even if it’s just in my head.
Now you might be asking “what’s in it for me”? Well, at the very most, a piece of what ever I make from the book. At the very least, a chance to be heard and expose the type of boss you and I have tolerated and survived for years.
Why am I doing this? Bad bosses need to be seen, heard, and called up for their behavior and the damage they do to the people who essentially make them money. Future bosses need to see how not to treat people. And employees need to know how to spot them.
A lot of thought will go into this, with consultations from those who have been there and done that and didn’t even get the tee shirt.
So please think about any and all bad bosses you have had, and give me the details you can remember. Pass this website onto the people in your life who you nursed through a job loss and let them share in my book, too.
My launch date is January of 2014 but I may be done sooner. If I get that flood I want, there might be a book then a blog to continue on. Goodness knows there are enough stories out there to continue to share them.
Thanks for your interest and I hope to hear from you soon.
K. Lee Alexander