Have You Seen My Boss?

by : Skye Thomas

I work for a huge organization and have never met the guy in charge. Rumor has it, that there might not be one single person in charge, but a committee of talented and caring individuals. Great, I don’t even know for sure who I’m ultimately working for.

I’ve heard it said that I’m not alone. Apparently there’s an enormous amount of staff all doing various assignments, some in management, some in communications, some in marketing and advertising, some in product development, and quite a few new recruits who really have no idea what they’re going to be doing. I work alone in my little cubical without much interaction with my coworkers. I’m not really sure why that is, but from what I’m told, my work is done best without the distraction of others. Oh well, I think I would like to have coworkers around to distract me, but what do I know? I know I’ve gone through extensive training and am getting pretty good at my job. I’m starting to feel comfortable here. I like my work. From what I’ve read in the company newsletters, memos, and emails, other people are being trained together in groups, and quite a few are cross-training in and out of each others departments.

A lot of us have children and we’re encouraged to bring them to work with us. My three seem to dart in and out of my work area on a regular basis. They show up a lot in my work. Sometimes they help me and other times they would rather just play at being kids. Since my boss doesn’t seem to mind if they are here or not, I just sort of let them come and go in and out of my work as much as they like. I wonder if they’ll end up working here too. I really want for them to love their jobs like I do, and I encourage them to be whatever they want when they grow up. However, if I was completely honest, I’d love it if they’d follow in my footsteps and come do this with me.

I’ve also noticed that the company really supports coworkers dating each other and will usually set up husband and wife teams to work together on projects. I think that’s really cool. I look forward to some day working side by side with a partner. I haven’t really dated anyone from this company yet. I think that most of my coworkers seem pretty nice and it might be the one place where it’s safe to date your coworkers, but I’m just not sure yet.

The schedule is really great. I get to make my own hours especially because of working around my kids’ schedule. My boss is very understanding of the fact that we’re all parents, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters. It’s the most family friendly company I’ve ever worked for. We are all allowed flextime, job sharing, and as much parental leave as you could ever dream of. It’s not that we don’t have deadlines and really important time tables, it’s just that there’s always someone else who can pick up and run with your project if you need to stop and focus on something else for a bit. When you come back to work, you may be reassigned to another project if you’ve been gone too long and the original project was in jeopardy of not being completed on time, but nobody gets mad at you for it and everyone seems really happy to pitch in wherever needed. You can work as much or as little as you like and you’re free to work from home too.

You do get called into meetings but everyone’s pretty straight up and they let you argue the point if you don’t like the assignment handed out to you. The management will explain their reasoning for just about everything. The only thing I can’t get them to tell me is who is the big boss in charge of this whole operation. While in the meetings, they really make you feel like you’re a valuable member of the company. I always come away from the meetings feeling really inspired and ready to take on the world! I usually forget all about trying to figure out who the boss is because I feel so good about working for such a great organization.

The pay scale is nothing like anywhere else I’ve ever worked. They say that we can pick our own salary just so long as we really believe that we’re worthy of it. Apparently, if you try to bluff and say you’re worth more than you really think you are, then they find out and reduce your pay check to match what you secretly think is your value. I’m not always sure how they do that part, but it does seem to work. There have been times when I’ve told myself I was worth more and then didn’t get the raise in pay. Later upon retrospect, I realized that they were right and I was just saying that to try to convince myself. They do however guarantee you a minimum wage that is enough to cover all of your basic needs. You never go hungry and if you want a roof over your head, then one will be provided. Compensation is really up to you after the basics are met. You determine how much work you’re going to do for them, how much it’s worth, and the value you put on it is the amount you’ll collect.

I must confess that I don’t even know the name of the company I work for. I’ve heard us called Lightworkers, Hippies, Christians, Buddhists, New Age, Pagans, Mind-Body-Spirit types, psychics, channels, freaks, dreamers, Starseeds, aliens, angels, and the enlightened ones. I’ve also heard that we work for God, Spirit, aliens, angels, the Collective Unconsciousness, and Mother Earth. I love my job and this organization. I’m so glad they recruited me.

Copyright 2003, Skye Thomas, Tomorrow’s Edge