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Take this job and &@!

September 17, 2009 - Bill Speer
It's tough being a boss these days. Like Rodney Dangerfield, "we get no respect."

The Associated Press offered to newspapers this week on back-to-back days two stories dealing with employee issues and bosses.

The first, Wednesday, was about a court ruling in Barcelona, Spain, that basically said that insulting your boss with one particularly foul obscenity is not grounds for dismissal. Hmmmm...

The second, Thursday, talked about a group of prison guards in Australia, dubbed the Facebook Five, who went to court in that country to fight for their right to complain about their boss on the Internet via the social network Facebook.

Since the dawn of time I expect bosses haven't necessarily been held up in high esteem by many employees. My parents taught me, however, respect was something earned, not inherited, and I expect many bosses have failed to comprehend that concept.

Still, I also operate in a world where I expect everyone to show each other common courtesy. Calling a boss an obscenity in a disagreement is not acceptable in my world, nor is posting disparaging comments about a boss in a social setting for the whole world to see.

I may not be the most popular guy in the world, but at least no one has sworn at me to my face yet.


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