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Category: Bosses & Owners

Overtime Crime, Part 3

| UK | Bosses & Owners, Overtime

(My boss has a reputation of being very unreasonable, asking for the impossible and constantly moving goal posts.)

Boss: “[My Name], come in here, please. These overtime sheets are far too high. There is no way I can afford to pay them. Go tell [Worker] that he won’t be getting paid for them.”

(I take the sheets expecting foul play or incorrect hours being booked.)

Me: “But you approved all of them.”

Boss: “Doesn’t matter. Payment is at my discretion.”

Me: “This one was for the urgent issue, this one was because the other guy was sick, and this one was because we needed the work done. You personally asked for him to come in every time.”

Boss: “Doesn’t matter. Tell him.”

(Not getting anywhere I had to explain to one of my guys why he worked 40 hours of his own time and would only get time off in lieu despite never hearing of this rule before. It did not go down well.)

Related:
Overtime Crime, Part 2
Overtime Crime

They Should Start Printing Money

| OK, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Money

(I work in a copy shop that runs on pretty high margins. Because of this, we will often offer up to around a 30% discount to new, possibly large clients in order to hook them in. That kind of discount will often be reflected in our program for businesses should they choose to continue working with us anyway.)

Me: “So [Client] is finally ready to print?”

Manager: “Yep. She wants 1000 double sided color copies.”

Me: “Really?! Great! The price on that will make up for all of those revisions that we did for her.”

(We had been working on revisions with this client for months. Most of the revisions were simply her changing her mind.)

Manager: “Eh, heh… Yeah… Well, uh, [General Manager] apparently set up a discounted price with them.”

Me: “Oh, well that’s all right. What’s the discounted price?”

Manager: “[Price that's roughly 90% off of the normal price].”

Me: “… WHAT!”

Manager: “I know. He made me go to [Online Print Supplier] and quote their price.”

Me: “But… they can give those prices because they have a massive printing factory! And slower turnaround! We’ll lose money on that price! And they’ll expect that kind of pricing from now on!”

Manager: “I know… but [General Manager] said—”

Me: “Why didn’t he bring this up with me? I’m the supervisor now! I’ve been working on this project! I could have explained to him why this was a terrible idea!”

Manager: “That’s just what he said to do…”

(Lo and behold, we didn’t make our budget for that week.)

How To Lose Friends And Alienate Managers

| NH, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners

(I have just gotten a job at the local mall. As it’s a small town, many of my friends also work in the mall at other stores, and sometimes they come by to visit me while I’m working.)

Friend #1: “I’d like to make this purchase.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir. You’re not allowed to shop here.”

Friend #1:Well, I never!

Friend #2: “Am I allowed to shop here?”

Me: “No, [Friend #2], you are not. All of you get out right now before I call security.”

(I look up and notice my manager staring at me in horror and quickly explain the situation. Fortunately, she takes it in good humor, although my friends are more careful about their joking in the future!)

Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t Let It Show

| England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Theme Of The Month

(My boss is a little inconsistent. He has a few good workers and a number of slackers, and he doesn’t have the guts to do anything, so he just gives more work to those who are already busy.)

Boss: “[My Name], can you come in here a moment?”

Me: “Sure, but I’m a bit busy.”

Boss: “Yeah, about that. I have had complaints about how busy you are and how stressed you are.”

Me: “Well, yes. You have given me a load of work to do.”

Boss: “Yeah, well, you need to stop mentioning it.”

Me: “What? I have been so busy I haven’t said more than two words to anyone.”

Boss: “Well, people can see you’re stressed and, you need to not let that show.”

(I am so shocked that I left and sat down.)

Coworker: “Are you okay?”

Me: “I just got told off for being too busy. He said people were complaining that I was too stressed.”

Coworker: “What?! I told him that he was giving you too much work, and that it wasn’t fair when some people are on Facebook all day. He never listens!”

Quality Over Unknown Quantity

| OH, USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

(I’m responsible for scheduling staff members for an event. I send my boss a list of possible invitees. After making a few changes, she approves the list. Two weeks later…)

Boss: “Why did you invite [Person]?”

Me: “She was on the list of people you asked me to invite.”

Boss: “Yes, but we don’t have an open position for [Person]. Why did you take it upon yourself to invite her?”

Me: “I didn’t. I emailed the people on the list you specifically sent me.”

Boss: “But if you had referred to the document I sent you, you’d know I didn’t have a position for her.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I never received that document. I only received the list of people you specifically asked me to invite.”

Boss: “It’s on the shared drive. You should have consulted it first.”

Me: “So a document I didn’t even know about takes precedence over your very specific instructions?”

Boss: “Yes. Why are you so stupid?”


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