Boss Needs A Friend

A thing that can upset you in the morning is when you’ve got a wake-up call and the one in the phone is your boss. The anger gets doubled coz boss phones you coz he wanna see you. Then the anger gets tripled coz you (and your boss) know that it is holiday.

My friend was furious some time ago, coz in a holiday, his boss phoned and asked him for meeting. No, it wasn’t about some shitty worksheet, but it was coz boss asked him to exercise with him.. 😀

Actually, his company has got a regularly scheduled sport program, and as a faithfull staff, my friend always attend the event. Well, suddenly in a holiday, his boss invited him for exercise. It sounds that the company’s sport schedule doesn’t make all of its staff strong enough to be its man.

Thank God my friend obeys his boss. So in a holiday where he shoulda been able to wake up lately, he must spend the day in the court, pursuing the ball with his dearly boss. He wanna grouse, but he was afraid to be fired. But his heart wasn’t sincere to go out with his boss..

I’m interested more to the boss’ motive. Why should the boss phone my friend to accompany him exercise? In fact, my friend was just an employee whose rank was far beyond the boss. Didn’t the boss have any friend whose level as same as him, to go out together?

Then I found out, the boss doesn’t have any friend.

Higher someone’s position, more he looks like an ivory tower. Harder he’s reached by lotta people, coz there are only certain people can touch him. And we know that in any company, there are more staffs than boss. Results, when boss wanna do something silly that he can’t do alone, let’s say it for example, that he wanna hang out in Starbucks or he just wanna play water polo, he should ask his friends who are also boss. (While boss is getting older, it’s getting harder to ask him for going out anywhere. Water polo is heavy sport. And caffeine ain’t good for old man.) And what’s the alternative if the boss associate aren’t available for hanging out? Boss only can ask out his staffs.

Found out, being boss ain’t always cool. You’re ready or not, there’s invinsible distance stretched among boss and staff, make staff ashame to boss. Feeling shame makes staff shy to refuse, though actually staff is dying to say No. But it feels shame if higher someone’s position, then his demand for branding image is getting higher, so it’s more difficult to him to find any playmate, coz the playmate “must” be as level as him.

I wanna be a boss, coz I wanna hold more people to make friends. Not to make people slowly walk away from me coz of their low esteem.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wiedesignarch
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:46:12

    wah wah… bos yang tidak punya teman… dan fenomena ini tampak lumrah kalau di kalangan sini ^^…

    Dan memang, kadang si anak buah hanya ingin bisa humble dan berbaur dengan atasan yang canggung, makanya bawahan bisa saja menerima karena ingin sedikit “membuka” pintu keperdulian yang tidak semata antara bos dan bawahan …

    Hm hm… cerita ini bener2 sedang mengingatkanku akan seorang bos… yang aku pernah kenal.. dan memang, kadangkala, bos punya waktu tidak hanya untuk laporan kegiatan kita, tapi dia butuh kita karena kita pandai membicarakan hal lain selain cuma pekerjaan ^_^

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 13:34:11

      Berarti ini bisa dibilang pujian ya Wied, kalo dia sampek manggil kita untuk hal lain selain kerjaan. Artinya dia nganggap kita super kompeten coz dia nganggap kita mampu melakukan hal lain selain pekerjaan kita. ^^

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  2. efahmi
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 16:40:02

    dear boss, please do not call my girlfriend tonite, i need her. you can join clubs or register to facebook… i believe you’ll find many kinds of friend in the network. good luck 🙂

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  3. partnerinvain
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 21:11:21

    So you’re gonna be a cool boss. Hey, boss let go out tonight or going to the mall please treat me because I am broke….hi…hi…

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 21:16:36

      The worst thing could happen if the boss wanted us to go out for swimming with him, and he didn’t pay my ticket. It meant that he insisted me to pay for watching him naked. :mrgreen:

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  4. Mirna
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 12:34:09

    Well,, I am kinda boss for my employees…

    the way i put it…. i didnt create a gap between me and them.
    i embrace them like they are my friends… sometimes I encourage them to argue with me..its healthy

    the good thing is.. they treat me as older sis and friend.. so whenever I travel out of the city for month.. they texting that I should come home sooner.. cos workplace isnt the same without me

    but the bad thing.. sometimes, one employees could take advantage that…

    anyway…. its surprising that big boss could be a loner too

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Mar 18, 2011 @ 15:08:43

      Well, actually that’s the kinda boss that I like. Boss should be the staffs’ mentor and also friend, not just someone who treats the staffs like paid slave. It will be a hard lesson for avoiding employee to misabuse us as a boss, but there’s no perfect workplace anyway. 🙂

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  5. sam
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 17:08:57

    If so, and if I someday may become a boss, I am going advertise a job vacancy sort of like this: [Urgently required: Boss’ Companion. Skill: Familiar to smile; Willing to loose in any games played with boss; etc.]

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  6. giewahyudi
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 15:31:36

    He also need a love.. 🙂

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  7. fitrimelinda
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 19:34:30

    wahh..kaya bosku tuh..
    ga punya temen gitu..bawahannya sedapat mungkin menghindar dr dia..

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  8. Tangguh
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:34:26

    Salam kenal Vicky.. yang kamu katakan itu benar bahwa seorang boss itu juga membutuhkan teman, tapi pada kenyataannya boss kami itu orang nya sombong dan merasa nggak butuh kpd karyawannya, padahal kami itu sdh bertahun-tahun kerja sama dia. makanya kami sekantor merasa nggak nyaman seandainya dia ke kantor..

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