I’m the Boss… Any Complaints!?

I am the Boss and I have lots of complaints. Want to hear them? Read on…

I’m a boss. I have been so for the past 2 years, ever since my father died and left his small accounting firm hanging without a decent replacement. As I was the only one who had the right profession and work background, I was unanimously voted to replace him (by my siblings). And so, along with being assigned the task to clean up his (small) estate, I also took over his accounting practice. That was 2 years, 2 months and 22 days. So far so good, or so, I thought.

This year has been one conflict after another, one problem after another, one disappointment after another. It’s no wonder that I’m turning more and more to writing in the online world (even to the point of telling my husband that I’m already thinking of giving up my real work and write for good!). My biggest peeve? Feeling less like a boss and more like a…banker?

Okay, what exactly am I doing as a boss? Let me just count the ways…

Put up policies, procedures, code of ethics, hire employees, assign employees to clients, assign employees to their functions, talk to the clients, talk to the tax people --- okay, everything seems to be normal here. No complaints there but you haven’t read the rest yet….Next duty.

Review my personnel’s work…check. Not all the time, man, they’re grown ups, responsible enough for their work. I just pop in and out to review their work, correct them if necessary and give instructions and that’s it. Sounds easier than it does. And if I fail to see their error? You can just bet I get the command responsibility to face the consequences of this error. Which brings me to my next duty…

Damage control…check. Okay, if my employees or I make any mistakes, guess who does damage control? Of course, me. Nobody else. Never mind that I did not review their work where they committed the mistake, I still address it. Never mind if my employee hid the fact of that error from me for a couple of months (and only told me a day or two before the whole thing blows up in our faces), I still have to address it. Never mind that the error was committed because I was told that I do not need to review their work because they had everything in control and I only discovered it after going through everything, I still have to correct it. Never mind that I wasn’t still around the firm when the error happened (and the client is asking why the error happened), I still have to address it. Just getting started on my rant here. Next please…

Budget, balance checkbook, collect and disburse…check. This one seems to be easy because the practice has to be able to pay for its expenses, right? Er, not all the time. There were really times when I didn’t know where to get the next payment or the money for the next salary because some of the clients are late in paying us. Fortunately, by some twist of fate (and a little help from Up There), we always seem to manage. That is, until I encounter the next problem (er, duty).

Help out my employees in their personal (money) problems…check. Wait a minute! What the….? Take care of their money problems?!?!?!?!?! No kidding. It’s like I’m a money tree. The minute I get my clients’ payments, there seems to be an employee knocking at my door asking to borrow some money. Sometimes two people are knocking on my door! And here’s the crux of my problem. I know, I know. They don’t have any choice. Life is harsh and they have only me to help them. But my goodness, it seems that I’m the only one who sacrifices for some things in life because I have to give them the money I can use to buy these things. Okay, I can still collect through salary deductions (thank goodness, I am handling that) but by the time I finish deducting from them several months after, the opportunity to use the money one time is already gone.

I have this one employee who wanted to borrow for her children’s tuition fees. I just asked for the school assessment to see the actual amount of the fees (but I was going to lend her the money, honest), she took it as an insult and threw a tantrum! She thought I mistrusted her (actually I did as she’s a chronic borrower) and that it’s an insult to her (like I care?). In the end, she chose not to borrow from me after all. That was after she blamed another one of my people for giving me the idea on asking for the assessment, which is so not true. Hello? I have a brain here, I can think for myself, thank you very much! Problem is, she thinks I’m still the same young girl she used to know when she started out working for my father. She also thinks that she’s a gem for this practice; that I will not replace her and that if I do, the clients will leave us. Hmmmm, wanna bet? But then again, I don’t think she wants to dare me to fire her. I mean, who else will lend money to her in the future, interest-free at that?

Okay, as ralwus once said, I’m feeling better now. Just need to let off steam (I think this is my 3rd or is it my 4th ‘ranting’ hub) for a bit. Will go back to formal hubbing tomorrow or day after tomorrow. Until then, see yah!


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Your (ranting) views? Comments will do =). 18 comments

majorshadow 5 years ago

Song Title: Sweetest Lemonade (Swing, Bad Boss,Block Negativity,Reach Your Peak)

Subject: Soul song pokes fun at the bad boss and inspires the under-dog to strive to improve his or her position in life. Song suggests that the table could turn, making the boss the under-dog and the under-dog the top dog.

Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYcHW1kuP-k


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

LOL, that's my dream - to win the lottery, then I'll retire and enjoy life. Being a boss has its perks but sometimes I just wonder if it's worth it. Thanks shibashake :).


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shibashake 7 years ago

My dad runs a computer store and he has to deal with very similar issues. It is good that my brother works with him and helps him with these tasks. Still, I think it is high stress being the boss.

There are some nice perks - but overall much better to just win the lottery ;-)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Paradise7. I'm thinking of putting up the policy but I have to contend with the fact that sometimes, they really need to borrow money for emergencies. But there's a thin line between emergencies and plain need to borrow. I'm planning to consult a lawyer on this one as I don't want to be slapped with unfair labor practices later on =). Thanks for the comment and for the encouraging words.


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Hello, emi, that was a heck of a good one! Now that you got it off your chest, and you did a good job, all the people that are saying you don't have to lend your employees money are right. If it's a company policy NOT to, and applies to everyone, you won't even get the requests, once the policy is fully stated and in force. Your heart is too good. People need to learn to manage with what they have, and if a person is working and earning a reasonable wage, they're better off than a lot of people out there. "No" is a word that's hard to say, but sometimes necessary.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

@hcksjstn, actually, I sometimes think I should do that. I'm a mild-mannered person (read: I'm too nice, or so they say) but when I do blow up, boy, everybody runs for cover. I once made one of my staff cry and shake in fear from me! I think I have anger management problems but thank God for hubpages. I can let off steam here not in real life.

CC, LOL, you posted in my other rant about driving if I'm feeling a little better and since I realized I did, I decided to rant again. Just to feel better you know =).


ralwus 7 years ago

Did I do that? well gee. thanks for following my advice then LOL or whatever I did. ???


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hcksjstn 7 years ago from Lawndale NC

Wow You seally know how to write and blow off steam but that good dont let it build up inside of you. At least its not my method, um I tend to blow up in somebodys face, you know how that is, Scream, cuss, holler, rant, and rave, then go some place to cool off. :) Anger Problems :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Keira and gejindermaakan0.


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keira7 7 years ago

Great work. Nice hub. See you soon.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

@DM, LOL, you can feel the steam? Boy, I'm good in hiding my feelings offline then. Nobody commented that I was really p*ssed off. Good question on why people seem to EXPECT it, some people expect it more than others. If your boss is generous, well and good, if not, (for employees out there), please try to understand. They need money as well.

@ralwus, hey you gave me the idea to let off steam through a 'ranting' hub. Thanks =).

@dohn, LOL, I doubt if I'll get any adsense earnings in this hub. It's a rant pure and simple. No earnings thoughts here =). Darn, I wish I can really say off with their heads but *sigh* the department of labor here will have mine, that's for sure. Employers here nowadays are meant to suffer for firing employees without the 'due process' even though they deserve it! Oh well, back to policies and memos I guess =).

@sarovai, thanks. I'm okay now.

@creativeone, unfortunately they don't see me as poor boss. They see themselves as the poor ones, with the boss as the evil ogre =). Thanks for the comments.

Hello, yup it is nice to have your own company but man, sometimes I wish I'm just a simple employee giving my boss the headache =) not the other way around. Thanks for reading my hub!

SP, I never had to ask for the personal loan either, even though I was an employee once. I guess it had to do with the fact that I handle my finances well. Problem is, as my husband said, we handle our money well but if people around us don't, it backfires on us. Sometimes I really feel like they're my extended family (which makes it worse because my family does not ask money from us). Thanks for your comments.

Everyone thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments. It is people, fellow hubbers, such as you who gives me the courage to write about my feelings and it's a great relief when I do that. Thanks!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I surely feel for you emievil. I have never asked my boss for a loan for personal purposes, and you are not their mother. You have a lot of courage to put up with that nonsense, and no wonder you need a break with writing. Being here online actually can be a great escape in my opinion.


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

It is interesting and a well written hub. Although it is nice to have your company but nobody reallize how much really goes into it. All the best


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for a heads up on all the responsibilties you have to put up with.you poor baby. Godspeed. creativeone59


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sarovai 7 years ago

very interesting topic. Thank u for sharing. Hope , you relaxed your mind.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Isn't HubPages great in that you can rant all you want in a hub and Google Adsense will pay you for your clicks? :D Awesome stuff! I've been a manager a few times and in each, I didn't like it, in that I get blamed for things that are beyond my control. Sometimes you're just gonna have to break a few eggs to make an omelet! Off with their heads! You're the boss, remember? :D


ralwus 7 years ago

I don't envy you. They all need to know right or wrong...you are the boss. Good luck now, CC


rednckwmn 7 years ago

That was one good rant kiddo!!

I sure hope you feel better.I can practicaly see the steam coming out of your ears. Thats total bs, you should in no way be responsable for other people's kid's tuition? I guess if its in your heart to be generous, good for you, but...why do people EXPECT it? I hope your day goes better now.

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