Now that I’m the boss, do I have to turn evil

by Evil HR Lady on February 1, 2013

Before the question, you may note if you click through to the link that it’s at a new site. Yes, I’ve landed at I’m thrilled. (I didn’t leave MoneyWatch, just added a new client.) focuses on the management side of small business, whereas MoneyWatch will continue to focus on the employee side.

Dear Evil HR Lady,

As an employee, I noticed that bosses tend to be highly irritable, unforgiving, and quite volatile at times. I’ve had my fair share of being blown up at for missing a deadline by 5 minutes. But now that I’m running my own company and have my own employees, I understand how someone missing a deadline can start to affect the productivity, effectiveness, and even reputation of the entire company. 

However, I have yet to berate someone in public or blast them in an email for making me look bad. Is that what I have to look forward to: turning into an evil, hate-mail sending grouch? How can I avoid this and still get the work done on time?

–Not a Grouch

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Doug D February 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Awesome! Tried to read one of your CBS stories earlier today, and the mobile site was so messed up that I gave up before succeeding. The new site seems less broken so far.


Dave February 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Congratulations EHRL!


EngineerGirl February 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I would add one more rule – have needed tough conversations early. Don’t wait until a situation escalates and you blow up.


Joni February 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Could not agree more with the you on holding regular one-on-one meetings. The communication in those meetings is vital to a business.


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