Clearly, You're Retarded was the radio show with Adam Avitable and Britt Reints

Lazy fuckers and awesome bosses

1. You are all lazy fuckers. Well, the ones of you who couldn’t come up with Mad Libs for yesterday are! It’s not that hard to be creative, is it? Is your brain that fried? Anyways, I’d still love to see your entries, so give it a shot.

2. I would like to say, objectively, that I am an awesome boss. I have movie Fridays and don’t pay attention to hours and let my employees go home early or work from home, and as long as the job is being done, I’m cool with whatever. I would say that I’m probably the best boss in the history of the world of bosses, as long as all other bosses work in their underwear and have sex toys laying around on their desks.

In addition to being a perfect boss, I am a perfectionist, and I expect everything we do to be as perfect as possible. This means that I am also a wee bit controlling and somewhat micro-managing. Most people would see that as the price of the freedom they have, but Britt disagrees.

In fact, over at one of her paid gigs, she even wrote a post about it! This gave us a good idea for tonight’s show. At 9 PM EST on “Clearly, You’re Retarded”, we’ll be discussing micro-managing. How does it affect your ability to do your job? Should you let it bother you? Are you a crybaby pee-pee pants about your awesome boss being totally awesome?

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27 Replies to “Lazy fuckers and awesome bosses”

  1. Hilly

    I’ve always worked for micro-managers. Always. This is interesting for me since my style as a boss was always much more loosey goosey, blah blah. However, once you’ve worked for people like that your whole life, you learn to anticipate their idiosyncrasies and anticipate them, therefore making it less annoying.

    /mad skills

  2. Jennifer

    “Best boss in the world” and micromanager do not belong in the same blog post.

    I almost killed the last person that micromanaged me, I not only quit that job, but I brought harassment charges against her and her little friend. It was an extreme case to say the least. It shook my confidence, it destroyed my self esteem and has turned me off working for anyone else but myself. The bitch that ran that division wasn’t happy unless people not only kissed her ass, but licked her asshole too. I’m not an ass kisser.

    Micromanaging is a great way to belittle your employees and make them feel that you have absolutely no faith in their work. It’s insidious the way it creeps into your life.

    You may think you’re a great boss, and I’m sure that the perks are great, but if you are making her feel like a child and want to KEEP her happily on your payroll, you may want to re-evaluate your micromanaging habit.

  3. Sybil Law

    I can’t stand being micro – managed, but I have been known to micro – manage others. I think it’s the mom in me. However, I will cut a bitch who’s constantly breathing down my neck, double checking everything I do. I work best alone and under pressure – my OWN pressure.

  4. NYCWD

    I had the first two paragraphs done, but then my laptop lost power and I lost it.

    Micro-managing is a VERY interesting topic to me considering this past week at work. I hope I can listen live.

    If not, I’ll undoubtedly be iPod screaming tomorrow.

  5. Grant

    I can handle a micro-manager if they are not also an incompetent idiot or a person who doesn’t take responsibility for the results of his or her direction, but I generally find that micro-management adds to the overall work burden and stresses the employees. I’m definitely more productive when my manager lets me know the results he wants and then backs off and lets me work. Then again, I’ve had people work for me who produced nothing usable unless they had a supervisor watching and directing them at all times. So, to justify your behavior, just openly tell your employees “I think you are useless without me…so, here I am!”

  6. Sheila (Charm School Reject)

    My boss is a micro-manager which, when I was first learning the ropes, was a good thing. But seriously? Six years later and you feel the need to remind me seventeen times to enclosed a self addressed and stamped envelope? And explain to me forty seven times how to do a motion to I could write with my eyes closed? Seriously?

    Mad Libs – they’re funnier (more funny – whatever) when you just give a list of what you need and THEN post the paragraphs. Nevertheless, I will try to do it.

  7. Finn

    1. I read this blog from work; I don’t have time to amuse you. Plus, I get PAID to write. Are you going to pay me? Exactly.

    2. You certainly have shades of awesomeness, but I’ll reserve my judgement until after I read Britt’s post. I cannot work for someone who is all up in my business all the time, especially if I’ve been working for them for a while. Just because I don’t do something YOUR way doesn’t mean it’s not getting done properly.

  8. Jay

    There’s a big difference between being a supervisor or manager at some big soulless corporation and looking over your employee’s shoulders all the time and being the owner of a small business and doing the same thing.

    If you work for a corporation job performance doesn’t really mean that much. Promotions and shit like that are based mostly on networking and ass-kissing. And you’re gonna get kicked to the curb during bad economic times no matter what.

    If you own the business then it’s your life, your creation, your security, your reputation etc, etc.

  9. Janelle


    I tried the Mad Lib thing, but I made the mistake of reading what others had done before I started mine and therefore, I couldn’t think of anything better.

    I read Britt’s post and yanno, I may just may have to side with you on this one. You do seem like a cool boss and if the price of coming and going as you please and working from home at times and having movie day where the boss pays and Iā€™m sure when you take your staff to lunch, you buy, right? is having your boss overlook every. little. single. thing. you. do. Eh? Who cares. Especially when he is not criticizing you, rather saying, “Yep. I already know.”

    I’d rather have the freedom to come and go as I please and work from home and have movie day and just give up some of my “computer freedom.” But, that is probably just me saying the grass is greener on the other side.

    I won’t be able to listen tonight. Got the church thing to do, but hopefully, I will be able to listen tomorrow šŸ™‚

  10. Avitable

    Whall, but I did. You just didn’t ask me to send it to you!

    Hilly, see? A little communication up front and all that need for micro-management disappears!

    Mary, I think not. Nobody ever looks at it from the owner’s perspective.

    BE Earl, I make my brain hurt every morning for you when I do your trivia!

    Vic, didn’t you owe me naked pictures?

    Britt, when there are only two people answering the phone, it’s important to know when the other person is going to the bathroom!

    Jennifer, micro-management and requiring ass kissing are not the same thing. I have no desire for ass kissing. That sounds like that was actually your bigger issue.

    Sybil, that’s how I work best, too. Luckily, I own the company!

    NYCWD, I hope you can listen live, too. I’d like to see your perspective, since your industry is so much different than mine.

    Melissa, oh, I know you hear the complaints. Tell me, what was it like when you worked for her?

    Bridget, I’ll have to say that I stole that from Britt.

    Turnbaby, you need to understand that there are two sides to every story and grow a sense of humor.

    Grant, good thinking. I’ll do that!

    TrishK, damn lazy Floridians.

    Sheila, that’s exactly the type of micro-management that I don’t do. I only care about substantive stuff. And this Mad Lib is funny if you read the story without the words in it!

    Finn, I’ll pay you in love.

    Jay, thank you. Nobody else seems to understand this.

    Janelle, meh. Fuck church. The Church of Holy Avitableness will be enough for you.

  11. Sheila (Charm School Reject)

    I don’t think protecting your investment is “micro-managing”.

    Micro-managing is more about control, in my opinion, which of course, is the only one that counts. If you don’t sweat the small stuff, I don’t see why wanting to be the “boss” (because, ya know, that’s what you are) is a problem.

    I won’t be there tonight either so I had to get my thoughts in. Church šŸ™‚

  12. Melizzard

    It’s all about trust. If you are having to take corrective action after you read her email that’s one thing but if she’s doing her job well then just trust her.

    Ask yourself this. Since there doesn’t appear to be a performance problem on her part.. how much of your revenue generating time are you wasting checking up on her work?

    How much better would your company be if you spent your time growing business and not on micro-managing an employee you claim to have confidence in?

  13. Jennifer

    “micro-management and requiring ass kissing are not the same thing. I have no desire for ass kissing. That sounds like that was actually your bigger issue.”

    You’re right, they aren’t the same thing. And you’re right in that the ass kissing was the bigger issue.

    Sore topic for me.

  14. Faiqa

    Reading her e-mail? That exceeds the boundaries of micro managing. If she wasn’t good at her job, I could see why you would do that, but it seems like you’re pleased with her work? I think reading an employees e-mail shows a fundamental distrust in their abilities.

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