Nobody likes a micromanaging boss. And nobody likes a cheeky employee either. You put both together and you get conflict. I generally look for conflict in most of my stories or else it won’t work.
I learned a lot from my previous boss. One is if you want to keep good staff, stop telling them what they already know and trust them with whatever task is assigned to them that day. Unless they haven’t been trained for said position, leave micromanagement to the unmotivated. That would motivate them to look for a better job, which is probably best for both parties.
Regarding “Soldier”, I binge watched the first Gundam series at the time. I was trying to copy a normal Zeon footsoldier at work and of course everyone not being an anime dork, nobody got it. I stayed in character even when said boss started to micromanage me. I didn’t get written up, but he put me on hot case duty for a good two weeks. That taught me. Which led to “Mapril”.
Honestly, I was writing down “March”. Then I realized it was April 1st. So I went with it. I even thought about my response hours in advance. I knew my boss would notice and he would bother me about it. The guy really needs to learn how to appreciate the big picture. We’re not units on a Starcraft board, we’re human beings. Keep clicking on us and we’ll say something funny.