5 Ways to Annoy Your Controlling/Conservative Boss

25 Mar

Actually, Bad Boss is annoyed by nearly everything and he switches it up on me at any given time.   One thing that may delight him one day can take a nasty turn and annoy him the next.   I try to make it a game.  One can never overtly try to get on his nerves or the Tasmanian Devil may be released and let me tell you, folks…it ain’t pretty.   I compare it to walking a tightrope…if you’re careful, you will get across and be cheered by the crowd…if you make a slip, you plummet to a painful death. 

Here are some common trends that I have found are usually effective in getting on his nerves in a very subtle way:

1) Openly talk with other lawyers in the office about how great they are doing with their business/hours (within earshot of Bad Boss)   – extra points if you can bring up a former lawyer you both used to work with and how their business is flourishing.

2) Make noise – be careful here – must be crafty.   Ice clinking in your glass at your desk, shuffling papers loudly, pen clicking…you get the idea.  Once Bad Boss came out of his office to tell me the ice in my glass was clinking too much when I was drinking – no  kidding.  I just figured it was one of those days when he couldn’t think of anything better to get on to me about.

3) Use two different size fonts when working on revision documents – just one word perhaps and I’m only talking 12 pt. to 11 pt. or use different spacing criteria between paragraphs.

4) Rearrange things here and there in the office.   Put the 3 hole punch just out of reach, move the electric stapler to another outlet….that type thing.   Unless you have “asked” him if you “can” do such things…it’ll bug him, I promise.

5) Mention Whoopi Goldberg or Nancy Pelosi in a conversation with anyone in the office within hearing range of Bad Boss.

That’s it for today…try a few of these things for your own delight.

Tomorrow – “Get Out of My Bathroom!!”

6 Responses to “5 Ways to Annoy Your Controlling/Conservative Boss”

  1. Alice March 25, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    How about: Purposely let the toner run low in his printer – especially when Bad Boss has a big matter he’s working on. OR – secretly remove some of the paper from the paper tray so that he keeps running out when he goes to print?

  2. Tracy March 25, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Bad Boss is a miserable human….period

  3. Cori March 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    These are all terrific! How about moving his desk 1/2 an inch each day? Might not be too subtle- I will leave this to the master.

    • Office1 March 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

      I think that’s brilliant…just a titch diagonally every day for a week until the desk isn’t even square in the room anymore.

  4. alchiketi March 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    ok this one really happened and it’s kinda leaning to the evil side…but this girl would flop face down her Bad Boss’ dead son’s picture every few days. the bad boss was kept guessing what message her son was trying to give her.

  5. Pequitas July 3, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Ice clinking in glass & the sound of plstic bags being crunched up will have Master giving me dirty looks…..so I know the feeling

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