How could things get any weirder between the Boss and me? Today I found myself doing two things I didnít want to do, one because he asked me and another because he didnít ask me. I donít know if Iím trying to impress him or get him off my back. Maybe a little of both.
He phoned this morning, fresh from a brainstorming session with Julie about how to lighten my work load. He made a suggestion about reducing the number of worksheets he thinks he needs to see at the end of each month. He wanted to reduce the number by one, because he thinks some of the work Julie does for the accountant duplicates that one worksheet Iíve been doing. And in a way it does.
But he still wants to see another monthly worksheet that Iíve been doing for him. The trouble is, to create that worksheet, I have to do the one he told me he doesnít need any more. In other words, heís not reducing my work load at all, just the amount of it he sees. This gives him the illusion of taking away some of my burden, which makes him feel better about the whole thing than it makes me feel.
Of course I didnít tell him this, but Iím not sure why. Either I want him to think heís making my life easier, or I want him to keep enjoying the fruits of my labor, even if I donít get credit for as much laboring as I actually do. Maybe itís a little of both (if thatís even possible).