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Protected: Can’t shoot him legally, unless I was Cheney…

Ah, my boss. This is a person who tries to protect me from the evils of the world. The evils of making decisions and stuff, trying to do what he can to make sure that I don’t have to spend too much time on stuff I’m not being paid enough to do. And for some of it, he actually succeeds.

But in a lot of ways, the only person he should be really be protecting me from is himself.

The latest item to add to the long, long list of reasons? There’s a computer that he told me that he was going to take care of rebuilding and reinstalling everything on a couple of weeks ago. I told him that I can take care of it while I work on other things, without having to take more than a few minutes out of my day to click the next progress bar along. He told me, though, that he would take care of it and that I don’t need to worry about it. Now, I could already see what was going to happen, but can I say anything about it that he would pay attention to? He’s already ignored or overwrite other concerns that I have about other items, once telling me that “You’re only 26! You shouldn’t worry about things like that!” Now, if you’ve worked IT you might be able to guess what happened. My boss, of course, didn’t get the computer rebuilt. Didn’t touch it at all. And now that computer is needed elsewhere. Needed badly. If I could have done what I knew was necessary a week or more ago, I could have simply picked up the computer and said “Here you go!”. What do I have to do now? I have to drop everything and immediately take care of this. All of my other projects will suffer several hours of productivity because of this, and my morale of course drops because I’m supposed to be the one in charge of all of the IT stuff, but I keep being overridden by a boss who thinks he knows more about IT than he really does.

Another quick complaint from the beginning of my day. My boss handed me what he thought was the answers to a list of questions I had given him to pass on to one of our vendors about a upcoming software upgrade. My boss, not thinking that my questions were the best, or that they needed to be rephrased somehow, changed the questions before sending them. In short, the answers that I just back answers few of the questions that I actually have! He changed things that he really didn’t understand (though he thinks he does), so now our vendor has a false idea of what our needs are! And to top it all off, when he asked me what test environment we needed in order to fully test the new software, apparently he thought I was just trying to get new computers or something and didn’t believe me (even though he wasn’t the one to set the initial system up) because he asked them what we should set up for a test environment. It was a very satisfying thing, though, to see that the vendor had told him exactly what I told him.

(sigh) I’ve tried talking to my boss about these things, but even after a carefully crafted email that fully expressed my concerns and talking to him in person, all he ever does is tell me that I’m too young to be worrying about these things (for perspective, my boss is right around 60), that I shouldn’t concern myself with these problems, and completely ignores everything that I tell him about the problems I’m having. Through it all, I don’t really have any problems with his general management, and really he’s better than some of the other managers around here, but who would you trust deciding things for IT? The guy who looks from the outside and doesn’t actually do any IT work, who ignores anything that he doesn’t want to hear, or the guy who actually does all the IT work, and when something breaks he’s the one to call?

Again, (sigh).

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