Every once in a while, my boss will haul each of us into his office so that he can get an update on what we’re doing. I call this exercise the “sit-down”. It’s nerve racking(& I have a nice boss). I can’t imagine what’s it’s like for people who have tough bosses.
No matter how confident you are about your work, having to sit in an office opposite from your boss and explain what you are doing, what you have done, when you’ll be done, etc, etc…is scary. Then of course, they’re always follow up questions, which you better be able to answer! …or else (shake, shake, shake)
It’s times like these when I really envy those who’ve managed to get to the point where they can work for themselves on a full-time basis. I know working for yourself has it’s own pressures, but self-induced pressure has to feel different (yes?)
The one major complaint I’ve heard from people who run their own businesses involves the pressure of having to meet payroll for their employee’s — the idea that people are dependent on you for their livelihood can be quite stressful, especially if you are operating a business on a tight budget. In Kenya, I think this might be less of a problem because labor can be quite cheap and people are more desperate for jobs, but you still have to pay them or else their kids won’t eat!
Tell me about those nerves — is it time for that end of year review?