I don’t really understand what black holes are. I have read several online encyclopaedia articles on black holes as well as a fascinating article about the Cygnus constellation – but nope – I still don’t really understand.
Yet I use the term “he’s like a black hole” (talking about my boss) on a regular basis. I don’t know how or why he does it – but as soon as I appear in the building, he wants to pass on a thousand pieces of information, most of which have nothing to do with my job. For almost two hours, he demands my attention, so that when I start work, I panic about how much there is to do in so little time. I end up having to work under stress because of how much time he has sucked up from the day, preventing me from doing anything.
I do not understand it. It is an odd phenomenon. He is like a black hole – sucking up time and energy and obscuring everything else. After lunch, he always disappears into his office and only emerges about an hour before the rest of us leave. That last hour, he does the same thing again – he talks and talks and talks about things that none of us understand. We feel rude – we work like the clappers trying to finish off everything and have a clean up before we exit the building.
But he has this funny habit of insisting on eye contact to assure him that we are listening. We are listening and at the same time asking “what is he talking about?”
The two days when my boss does not work each week, we manage to get a huge amount done. He is a nice guy, but I have no idea why he wants to stop us working in order to listen to him. I am guessing perhaps he does not get that at home? Well, that is just speculation. So instead he pays me and the rest of the team £10 to be his sounding boards.
My boss – the ultimate black hole – but a nice guy too.