Otto Nobedder wrote:Yep, I've experienced bossholes before. Often. Thank goodness I don't deal with that now. My shop manager and the company owner have become friends I can rely on, though we intentionally don't associate outside of work (except maybe lunch). We all know how and why to keep those boundaries. They've come to trust my judgement in almost any issue (though when we disagree, their judgement is final, of course, and there's never an argument, just healthy debate), and are very good at rewarding my efforts. Most of the crew are given tasks, where I'm usually given a list of goals (and their relative priorities) to meet in the order and method I find most efficient.
I wouldn't trade this job for 4X the money with some bosshole.
Having like-minded people on the same page does wonders for morale. It's nice to have a say-so in the daily workload and have your superiors value your opinion. If I was to ever go to work for someone again, your situation sounds like exactly what I would like to be involved with. Until then...peck peck peck