I Hate My Boss!

Quiz Answers

1. a=10 points, b=5 points, c=0 points
2. a=0 points, b=10 points
3. a=10 points, b=0 points, c=5 points
4. a=0 points, b=5 points, c=10 points
5. a=0 points, b=5 points, c=10 points

Scoring:

If you scored 50 points, you're not a jerk after all. Give yourself an employee bonus, whether it's an extended weekend or just a new houseplant.

If you scored between 30 and 40 points, you're walking the fine line of jerkiness. Give yourself at least two hours per week to pursue a new or old hobby. Give your family twice that amount of time to pursue nothing at all, like basking in the summer sun, playing a board game, or having a long, conversation-filled, sit-down dinner with extended relatives.

If you scored 30 points or less, you need to give yourself a break and stop being a jerk. Your family, friends and especially you (eventually) will appreciate it. Evaluate your working style: Are you actually less efficient because you don't seek help when it takes a little effort in the beginning? Whether it's training an intern, learning a new software program or teaching your kids how to do their own laundry, take a look at the bigger picture and calculate how much time and effort will be saved in the long run. And contemplate these changes during a long weekend-probably the first vacation you've taken since you've been in business.

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Brother home office expert Lisa Kanarek advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog Working Naked. She is the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life.

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