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December 06, 2012

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I trust you include the small business you run among the Satanic.

Oh, definitely.

Working here would be a nightmare for anybody else. Just the other day I got so mad at my non-existent IT department and my perpetually out-to-lunch secretary that I gathered up every one of the papers on my desk and threw them into the air. It's an abusive work environment!

Whose job is it exactly in a larger organization to tell the boss his world is warped? And how do I apply for such a position? "Hold on one motherfucking minute!" is a phrase I'd dearly love to use in the workplace, but I'm afraid my current boss wouldn't see the charm.

No doubt a boss can make a pretty cozy pocket of hell inside a large organization.

But a big organization DOES have higher authorities, other departments/department heads/broader cultural norms to provide some contrast and a normative influence on WHATEVER IS GOING ON IN THE BOSS'S HEAD.

And, in extreme cases of managerial madness—the horror! the horror!—they have a professionalized HR department to appeal too.

I'm not glamorizing life in big companies; just objecting to the glorification of life in small outfits.

"But a big organization DOES have higher authorities, other departments/department heads/broader cultural norms to provide some contrast and a normative influence on WHATEVER IS GOING ON IN THE BOSS'S HEAD."

Yer outta yer mind, Murray. Most bigwigs are just as scared of losing their jobs as the peons are. If anything, they're less likely to express a contrary opinion or take action because they have very few cohorts and can't trust them not to snitch.

"less likely to express a contrary opinion or take action"

Well, yes, double-b-lowercase: And if you'd like me to write a post, or a week of posts, on how stifling and stupid and crazy big corporations are, I can do that. But I think it's been done.

This post is about how stifling and stupid and crazy small companies also are. Have you ever worked in a small company?

Other than my own, no. But all the employee satisfaction surveys I send to myself come back with + + + ratings.

My point is that all companies, big and small, are run by people. Some of those people are stinkers and some are gems. And if you don't like where you are, get out and try to choose more wisely next time.

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