What's the difference between a boss and an employee?

@adnileb (5066)
Philippines
April 2, 2011 7:54am CST
I've been to three bosses in my 3-year work period and each of them are different when it comes to attitude. I work as a Design Engineer in one shipbuilding firm and all the staffs are in front of computer for the whole day to work. In our office, the boss can do EVERYTHING that the staffs can't. What are those? *You're busy, they're not. If though you're finished with your work, you still have to work. And them? They can sleep and chat. *It's been prohibited to watch a movie but they watch movies the whole working days! *You can't sleep, it's like you're being paid by the company for doing nothing. But the boss can, ANYTIME. You know, a boss watching movies, sleeping and chatting during work hours is much WORST than a staff being absent. The boss is paid for the pleasure. How about in your workplace? Do you have a boss like mine?
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13 responses
@allknowing (87578)
• India
2 Apr 11
If a boss owns the business and sleeps away in the office it is his problem. All he is interested in is results and if we gets the results by sleeping he is one lucky businessman to have an employee like you. But if a boss is also an employee and does all those things that you say he does and yet holds that position you may not know the role he plays in contributing to the organisation that he works for. No owner of a business will retain anyone who sleeps and does all the things that you have mentioned if he is not an asset to the organisation. There is more to it than meets the eye!
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
He is also an employee. I think of the third degree. I don't think they can let go of anyone of them. They all do those things that I've mentioned. I mean even the higher positions. So that's the way it is.
@allknowing (87578)
• India
2 Apr 11
It is better to give a blind eye to that which upsets you and move on rather than raise your adrenalin. Just a thought!
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Well, I always wear my invisible blind fold...
@gelayagui98 (1337)
• Australia
2 Apr 11
The Boss is the one who gives order while an Employee is the one who follows order.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Do you just follow your boss' order? Have you tried being in an argument with them?
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
you need not argue, if you really feel that you are right,you can explain by just giving your point in a manner of not insisting that you are. In your report sight all the positive and the negative conclusions so that in a way even without talking to him you have already explained it very well,and i don't believe that they will oppose something that will contribute to the welfare of the company. You see written facts are better than delivering words from the mouth.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
well, I haven't been in a much argue with my boss. Explaining to them is okay. I was just asking gelayagui. For sure you haven't done it yet, right macayadann?
@sender621 (14932)
• United States
2 Apr 11
A boss is someone that is empowered with the vision to get the job done. An employee is the person who puts their heart and soul into realizing that vision and being rewarded for it.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Well, I don't put my heart & soul with that kind of boss. I only work for the sake of.....WORK. As the reward, isn't it the salary? And it's an SOP. Because in terms of other rewards, there is no chance to be promoted in our job.
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@picjim (3003)
• India
2 Apr 11
I can understand your disillusionment with your boss.But if you want to reverse the roles you have to work hard and achieve the position your boss is in.The alternative would be to start your own business and be boss.Let me tell you from personal experience though a boss delegates work,its difficult finding capital,right people and researching the business where you want to enter.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
My boss' position is difficult to attain as he has gone through many years of experience, 10x of my experience. So I guess, I'll just have to save money to have my own business and to have myself as my own boss.
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@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
My boss was opposite of what you have revealed. His mind was always looking for something new , his eyes always staring to nowhere because he was planning. as he stared to each of his employee,the assignment given must be answered definitely. He had time sitting to have conversation with topic about family,friends,problems,etc. He understood the hardship contributed because he got himself involved in all departments. He even had hands-on in all physical activities. The whole scenario of the plant were focused on lifting the plant to level of development and success. Care to the company was given in return to the kind,loving boss that we had.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
You're lucky then.. I have never had that kind of boss that you have even on my previous job. Unlucky me, eh?
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
well, you'll find one do not worry for you are still young. At least you know humble human still exists.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
I wish there are still lots of them somewhere...
• United States
2 Apr 11
Hi adnileb I have been a boss for a long time and what made me successful was that not only was I a great leader but also a team player. A tribe cannot be run by what a leader says alone he must also get down and dirty and lead his people. Something many with the high up jobs forget, unfortunately they have no clue how to run their office because they are busy polishing their degree frames. Something I learned when I first started working was to keep all my eyes and ears open and learn every inch of an office. As soon as I escalated it was because I did not have to hire special people to train, I did so my self and was able to be appreciated for my efforts. I do understand that people like me have gone through so much schooling, as I obtained my masters, still no excuse for not helping a business run. Unfortunately adnileb this is what it amounts to, the high end bosses feels entitlement to do as they please. Unfortunately if they do not shape up their acts the businesses do not run long term.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Good to hear there's still ONE BOSS I KNOW who's caring and responsible enough enough for the staffs. Hope you can talk to them and give them some lessons on handling people. Now, I was thinking, if I'm gonna be a boss someday, I WISH I can do something better.
• United States
2 Apr 11
I say bring in a box of chocolate and replace them with chocolate looking ex-lax, this way they rest their behinds all day in the comfort room.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Seems fair... That was a nice idea HWG...
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
I have no problem with my boss. But I perfectly understand how you feel. My boss doesnt have that attitude but one of my seniors does. She arrives late and blames the world for everything, which caused her tardiness. She doesnt take the initiative to take on more assignments, all she does is play computer games, facebook, and, sleep. If something goes wrong in the office, she'll secretly send me an SMS saying that she's infuriated which really doesnt help at all. We are already understaffed. It turns out, I do the working, she does the complaining and she gets a higher pay. Employees of these kinds of office are just unfortunate. =(
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Whew! That was one hell of a leader. Well, why don't you open up with your boss regarding her attitude at work? Maybe your boss can do something about it then she might change her attitude as well.
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
my boss knows about it. recently, she gets left behind with office activities and certain decisions. She now starts to complain about our boss being inconsiderate sometimes and wages =) I guess the complaining just wouldnt stop, it's a trouble going through it everyday, but I just feel bad because she is a very thoughtful person when office matters arent discussed. Its driving me crazy sometimes. :O
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
I think she's crazy. Well, maybe she just hates her job so she's quite okay when non-work related things are being talked about. Maybe you should give her advice for sometime or she might be needing a friend whom she can talk to with her problems of being insane. Just kidding...
@mythociate (17459)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
11 Apr 11
Don't care. When you're a boss, you'll understand; until then, Get to work!
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
12 Apr 11
I'm still on the long way to be a boss...
@donski (132)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
The boss is always the one in command of everything. He is your superior so you always have to follow all his instructions according to his will and an employee is the one who receives the command. An employee does all the works. A boss has time to relax while the employee is not allowed except during break time. Worst, a boss receives higher compensation with less work while an employee receives lesser salary even he worked very hard. an employee need to report to office on time while the boss can visit the office anytime he wants. And after all the hard work had been done, the boss gets all the credit. too bad.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
You are right, donski! Super duper bad boss... Some boss don't even work yet they still get paid.
• Australia
3 Apr 11
Hi there, employer and employee relationship is very volatile. Employer being the stronger party dominates the employee. It makes sense too because they are the one who are providing us work. If by boss you mean the people who are on the top position of management then they also have been through the phase that we are going through now. Once we reach to that position we will also have the same life as theirs. So,stay motivated..you will make it! Personally, all my bosses i have had were great. They were hard-working and supportive. Cheers :)
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
There are two bosses in our department but the other one is our main boss. He is supportive and hardworking too, though he sometimes sleep and chat. The worst is the other boss, ALWAYS watching movies in a slouch sitting position. Just like watching in his home. Lucky them...
• Mexico
2 Apr 11
Hi adnileb: I know this vision changes form job to job but I think that a boss must be the person with most responsabilities. I mean, he/ she shouldn't do everything but he/ she should know what's going on his/ her company and he/ she also must be wise enough to take the most important decisions for the company. A boss must be a person that thinks for the group. I know this could be too idealistic but that's what I consider the difference between a person that is a employee and a boss. It's not right that the boss would be the one that do almost anything. ALVARO
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
Well, yep, they do their responsibilities in the office BUT the boss should be the role model in the company and NOT just to sleep or chat during work hours. But you just can't get rid of these kind of bosses. They're so irritating sometimes.
@Jennlk84 (4216)
• United States
2 Apr 11
I find it to be quite amazing how different bosses can be. I've had my fair share of bosses since I started working at age 14. Bosses not only vary by the type of work but also depending on whether they're male or female! The boss I have now is the best boss I've ever had. I couldn't ask for a better workplace. It's wonderful to have a boss that treats you well!!
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Wow.. You worked at an early age! Well, my boss treats me right, But I just can't help it when they doing something not nice for us employees to see. Like we're working while he's sleeping or chatting with another boss. That's the only problem with my boss.
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
I used to have one. Good thing I resigned from that work. My former boss can annoy and make our lives miserable. But we can't do the same to him. We should save his butt from all hardships. He'll never save us from humiliation when the going gets rough.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
Yayks! You should have kicked his butt otherwise. Well, I can't resign yet because I'm still getting all the knowledge there so I can move on to a better job soon. With better boss I wish.
@abdulr1 (37)
• Canada
2 Apr 11
i do not like the boss like this. they thought that at the spot they are the head of the office and no one can say them any thing so its a golden time take advantage of it and in this way they do this all but this is not true. i thought every one have to work with dignity.
@adnileb (5066)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
I don't like it either. You know sometimes, I really feel sleepy at work but I just can't sleep because it's not proper. And one time, one staff was sleeping, he was awaken by our boss. BUT when our boss is sleeping, NO ONE dares to wake him up. What I usually do is to slam the cabinet loud so he'll get awaken. Bad bosses....