According to the Washingtonian, a survey by management consulting firm Accenture showed that a third of workers who leave their jobs say that not liking their boss is one of their main reasons for switching companies.
In our survey of 13,500 area employees, we asked about truly horrible bosses. Among the common complaints: supervisors who yell or throw things, who take credit for an employee’s work or micromanage, who emotionally or sexually harass, who expect staff to be on call 24-7, who show favoritism, and who are incompetent.
Here is what some things people said about their horrible bosses:
“A guy at my old company used to make his employees ask before they could use the restroom—and he would time them. If they were gone longer than five minutes, he would add the time up at the end of the week and make them use vacation time.”
That’s insane, and I would move on to another job ASAP.
“I had a boss who would stand behind me and watch me type. When I made a mistake, he actually shook my chair while I was in it. I left that place in a hurry.”
I would too.
“A manager wrote all the female employees’ cycles on the whiteboard so the team would have a warning of when the women were in a bad mood.”
“My old boss would walk around with a small baseball bat and a huge switchblade. He kept pictures of the employees he had terminated pinned up in his office.”
Goodbye forever! More here.
It was the last night of business for the restaurant, it was closing after a few years. A waitress had told a pair of lunch patrons the week before that the building needed a lot of expensive repairs, that the owners weren’t able to undertake them. A sign outside said, Thank you for dining with us, We will miss you.
Did the host have a new job yet? He did not. He’d been trying, but Thanksgiving was coming up, not the best time to be job seeking … Could he collect unemployment? He could not–he’d been working off the books, “mostly.” But the owners had told them a month in advance, the best you could get from a restaurant, he said. He’d shown up to locked doors before, and that’s how he found out he no longer had a job.
After becoming an underemployed college graduate last summer, this was inevitably course corrected: I couldn’t find a job, and before long, I was back in Michigan. Near the end of December, an offer arrived in my inbox: a five-month reporting contract at the Flint Journal
, the daily newspaper in Flint, Mich.
When my friend Nate meets someone new and they hear he’s a doctor, he dreads when they ask, “What kind?” Because when he says he’s a dermatologist, they show him their moles.
When someone finds out you work in an Apple Store, you brace yourself for two questions. First, they ask if you get an employee discount. Since you do get a limited number of purchase discounts to share, you have a decision to make.
I’m really enjoying J.K. Appleseed’s column at McSweeney’s about what it’s like working at an Apple store (and this one is mostly about figuring out what’s wrong with people’s iPhones when they come into the store), but I particularly liked the opening of this one because of the “What do you do?” factor, and because when someone discovers you are working retail and it’s a store they like, the discount question can hang in the air.
I’ve worked at two retail locations—one in high school and one in college. I worked at a baby store in high school as a cashier, which meant none of my friends wanted discounts, and I worked at a bookstore in college, but again, no one wanted discounts because they shopped on Amazon.
Appleseed shares some customer service stories, and I have a bunch of those, but perhaps I’ll save that for another day.