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As an employee, I have always admired my boss for his determination and drive to succeed. He built a successful company from the ground up and has always been an inspiration to me. However, my perception of him drastically changed when he started forcing employees to work overtime just to make himself look successful.


It all started a few months ago when our company was going through a rough patch. Our profits were declining, and we were at risk of losing some major clients. In an effort to turn things around, our boss decided to implement some new strategies and initiatives. As employees, we were all on board and ready to do whatever it takes to help the company succeed.

But then things took a turn for the worse when our boss started calling for mandatory overtime. At first, it was just a couple of hours here and there, but soon it became a regular occurrence. We were all expected to stay late, come in on weekends, and even work on holidays. And the reason behind this sudden change? Our boss wanted to show our clients and investors that he was willing to put in the extra effort to make the company successful.

At first, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was just a temporary measure to help the company through a difficult time. But as the weeks went by, it became clear that this was not just a temporary solution. Our boss was using us, his employees, to make himself look good and successful. It was no longer about the company’s success, but rather about his own personal image.

Not only was this unethical, but it was also taking a toll on us as employees. We were all exhausted and burnt out from working long hours. Many of us had families and personal commitments that we had to sacrifice in order to meet our boss’s demands. And to make matters worse, we were not being compensated for the extra hours we were putting in. Our boss claimed that our dedication and hard work were enough of a reward.


But what really irked me was when our boss started taking credit for our hard work. He would often boast about how he was the one staying late and putting in the extra hours to make the company successful. He would even receive praise and recognition from our clients and investors, while we were left feeling overworked and unappreciated.

This forced overtime also created a toxic work environment. Many of my colleagues started feeling resentful towards our boss and towards each other. There was a constant sense of competition and pressure to perform, as our boss made it clear that those who didn’t put in the extra hours were not dedicated enough to the company’s success.

But the worst part of it all was the toll it took on our personal lives. I started neglecting my health and my relationships with my family and friends. I was constantly exhausted and had no time for anything else but work. And to make matters worse, I could see the same thing happening to my colleagues. It was clear that this forced overtime was not sustainable in the long run.

In the end, our boss’s plan to appear successful backfired. The company’s profits did improve, but at what cost? Many employees, including myself, started looking for other job opportunities. The toxic work environment and lack of appreciation for our hard work were enough to make us want to leave.

Looking back, I realize that my boss’s actions were not those of a true leader. A good leader should prioritize the well-being and happiness of their employees, not use them as pawns for their own personal gain. I have lost respect for my boss and can no longer see him as the successful and admirable figure I once did. I can only hope that he realizes the impact his actions had on his employees and changes his ways for the sake of the company’s future success.

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