Originally Posted by Ronstar
I have only worked for a small privately owned company. Started out as 2 owners and me and 1 other employee. Wasn't bad dealing with the owners. Eventually became an owner and company grew to 60 people, and I felt alienated from the workforce. Gradually sold my share of the business through the recession while the company shrunk to 30 people. Now I'm a semi-retired part time employee that still wants to run things even though the new president says that running the business "is none of my concern". I've learned from being on both sides of the boss/employee fence. Sometimes bosses do things for the benefit of a company that the employees do not understand because they don't have all of the facts. And there are employee issues that the bosses don't understand because they no longer know what its like to be a worker bee .
Very insightful. I had a lot of employees over the years who would complain that the "bosses have lost touch and don't know what they are doing". It amazes me that people who have never managed before think they know everything about how to be a better manager, but never seem to have any insight into what they may be doing to contribute to the problems.
Clearly both bosses and workers have areas they can improve on, and anyone who thinks they are just the victims of bad managers, who contribute 100% of the problems, just strikes me as naive and inexperienced.