Do guys like a feisty woman? Find them to be a challenge?
There's a manager from another location of ours that I met a few times who I understand has been really hard on his employees, although I myself have never worked with him. We are talking about suspensions and terminations that eventually were reversed. When shopping earlier today, I saw him at the store (I turned my head to avoid him) and pretty much tried to continue shopping when he approached me and said hello to me in a very enthusiastic way. At that point I had to greet him back, for I didn't want to *ahem* be rude. Anyway, he asked me how I'm doing and after my reply I commented that he looked stressed. He said it wasn't stress, just that he's a mean person and that's the way his face is. I told him "Oh I heard".
For some reason he seemed to want to continue chatting so it came down to work numbers and treatment of employees. I did not hold back my opinions of what I saw, me being a union rep for my location. I was very straight forward and gave him the view from the employee's side.
Anyway, after a half hour of that type of discussion, he began to talk to me in a personal way....talking about where he came from, his family (even down to where grandma was from) and what mix of race he is. After a while he looked at my basket (which contained ingredients for dinner) and hinted to me that he will be having top ramen tonight. And he smiled at me. I just rolled my eyes at him and said I had to go start cooking.
For someone who is as hard assed as he is to his employees he sure opened up. I don't get it. Why open up to someone who pretty much just told you off??