Does your boss expect you to be able to read their mind?

@hezoid (2147)
March 21, 2007 12:42pm CST
It really annoys me about my boss that he seems to expect me to be able to read his min most of the time! he will ask me to do something, but will give such vague, ambiguous or just plain contradictory instructions/explaination of what he wants doing and how he wants it done that i either end up doing it wrong, or have to ask him to repeat the instructions untill he actually makes sense, but either way he makes me look like an idiot! I know it's not just me being stupid because a number of my colleagues agree with me and think the same thing. I wish he'd just let me know exactly what he expects!!! Anyone else have the same problem?
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• United States
23 Mar 07
yes and that is very annoying. They are in their own world and they should no texpect you to be part of it.
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• Canada
22 Mar 07
Yes, I was actually smiling as I was reading your comment, not that I thought it was funny but because I've been there and I know exactly what you're talking about. I like to think of myself as fairly bright, but when they don't give you all the information and you're stuck having to ask questions to fill in the blanks makes you want to say "well why didn't you tell me that in the first place" (and I wouldn't have to ask) Geez hey?
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@Starline (681)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I have had a boss like that, that always, always wanted to make her employees look stupid. She would belittle us in front of her guests as often as she could (it was a hotel). And yeah, people quit after one two weeks, I amazingly lasted a month. But bosses like that should take classes in leadership.
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I have worked under those conditions except they were a printed out in a policy and rules and regulations book, when I tried to follow the book I was always given negative ratings, When I asked why I followed the book, they would answer, you only have to read it you do not follow it, But god help you if you did something your own way. I will give you an example. part of my job consisted of cleaning the tables in the dinning room, The book said clean table after every meal, the person showing me during orientation, said remove all dishes and dirty items from the table and wash with cloth and hot water with bleach , So I removed every thing from the table, washed with hot water with bleach, and returned salt pepper, napkin holder to table and went on to the next one Apparently I did it wrong. It seems you are supposed to wash table starting from center out in circles, I believed that if I got the darn thing clean top and sides, i was doing my job. not so. The whole place was run like that and I did eventually get let go because I wasn't following orders. So you have my complete sympathy