I realize there is nothing I can/will do about this, but I need to rant. And I'm curious if anyone has ever been through the same thing. I work for a small company (7 ppl), and I knew my boss as a friend (through 'church') before I was hired. He needed someone in the office, I needed a job, viola. Before I worked there, his wife would help get the mail, do some MINOR data entry, etc. I dont know why, but he put her in charge of hiring someone for the office. She choose me. She 'trained' me , but it was basically "its self explanatory, figure it out". After that, she pretty much left the office and almost never came back. She does NOT work at the company, she is not on the payroll, she does not contribute ANYTHING to the company. For some reason, she is "my boss/supervisor". She doesnt check up on me, or again, even come by the office. However, I do have ask her permission to take off any work, she has the power to fire me, and whenever I talk to her about anything work related it goes BAD. Most of the time this isnt a problem, because, as I said, she doesnt come by the office. 99.9% of the time, I work for the husband, the real boss/president of the company. And I love my job for many reasons. But when I do have to deal with her, its MISERABLE! I gotta give 1 for instance: I've been thinking about moving to work 4 days, instead of the 3 I'm currently scheduled for. There is an increase of work for me to do, and I could definitely use the money. So I realize, under heavy threat of her firing me, I better talk to her about it before I do anything. So I called her today. Me: Hey, I wanted to talk to you about work (we still have a 'church' relationship, but we try to keep them separate.). There has been an increase in work, and I was thinking about moving from 3 days a week to 4 days and wanted to talk to you about it. Her: Um... Shouldn't you be asking me if I think there is an increase that you should work 4 days a week? Isnt that how you should approach it? Me: Uhh, yes, I'm sorry, thats what I meant to say. Her: Well, thats not in the agreement. The agreement is 3 days not 4. *silence* Me: Me: Thats why I was wanted to call and talk to you. Her: Well, I dont think there has been. I havent seen an increase of mail at the house (the business mail goes to their house, then to the office to me, inputting mail is ONE of the MANY things I do). I dont know, I mean, I dont see there being enough work, unless you're just putting it off to the next day. Unless you just need the hours, why dont you just tell me straight then that you need the hours... Me:...well, I also could use the extra hours.. Her: I mean, he (husband/boss) hasn't told me anything about needing you to work another day. I asked him if he needed another person (we dont, there is only work for one), and he said he was trying to stick with the one person hes got. That to me says there isn't enough work for 4 days. Personally I think she's nuts. And this is by far the WORST part of my job having to communicate with her. She said she would talk to the boss about it, and see if they could work something out. Most of the time, I get what I was asking for, she just makes me jump through hoops, kiss her butt, and treats me like a dog before she gives it to me. And the likes to act like I can come to her and ask her for anything. ARGH! Thoughts?