The No-Jerks Rule?

August 27, 2007, 1:05 PM UTC

A reader from San Rafael, California, writes…

I stopped working for jerks after being in the workforce for 14 years. My boss made 12 calls during 2 hour time when my wife was going through an operation delivering our first baby. He was calling me to inform me that there is a conference call scheduled in the next one hour for go live on a new system which is two months away anyhow. Can you believe this? And in the 12th call he told me that I should be courteous enough to at least pick up the call even though I am in the operation theater. He also wanted me to come back to work after the baby is born so that I can finish some pending programs although there were 10 other system programmers in the company. I made one call to him after my baby was born and I saw his face and responded with one line: I quit. I got another job in about a week which paid me better and respected my personal life.

What do you think? Is this boss crazy?