A reader from Washington writes:
My boss asks me to order things from the internet during office hours. I have told him no, and he insists that “I’m quicker”. He makes me run personal errands, he also asks advice about his kids, cars, medicines, everything you can think of pretty much on a daily basis. He says it’s because I have kids and have “been there, done that”. He cannot make a decision without my input. I’ve told him no, he just laughs. He makes me buy the secretary’s gift on her day, he makes me buy dinner and deliver dinner and flowers or whatever to employees in the department whenever a need arises and takes credit. He was actually turned into H.R. by a former employee and nothing was done. I can’t stand this guy. I am looking for a different position in a different department, but in the meantime I dread coming to work knowing he’ll for certain bug me about something. The other thing that irks me is that we have strict rules about abusing the internet at work and I’m sure he’ll feed me to the wolves if I’m ever caught ordering whatever the heck he needs next time.
What do you think? Is this boss crazy?