Category: Bosses & Owners

The Bosses Need To Clean Up Their Act

| MN, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful, Liars/Scammers

(We have a health inspection and it doesn’t go totally well. The owner has a lot of unfinished construction projects going on including floors, seating, tiles, plumbing, and hoods. I had worked the night before, but apparently the owner’s son made a pizza after we closed and made a mess in kitchen, and guess who is blamed? I have two bosses, husband and wife, both lazy in cleaning.)

Boss #1: “We failed the health inspection because you didn’t clean that well.”

Boss #2: “I don’t get why you can’t ever do your god-d*** job and just clean! It’s not that hard to do; after all, we all do it daily!”

Me: “What did they say about the unfinished projects all over for the last four years?”

Boss #1: “This is about you. You didn’t clean properly; the whole pizza line was just covered in toppings and flour all over the place. The bar had drinks spilled all over.”

Boss #2: “Besides, don’t talk to us about our jobs; we can get away with it because we can claim we can’t afford it, but now we’re going to be fined and it’s your fault.”

Boss #1: *addressing to the coworkers just entering their shifts* “Well, everyone blame [My Name] for the lack of raises you will get since he is too lazy to clean properly. Because of him, no one is getting a raise this year. We never take any time off because we are always here working and trying to make our place successful so we can one day retire and/or open a franchise of this place.”

(They were just on vacation less than a week ago for six days to see a concert and celebrate a wedding of a family friend. A month before that they were gone for two weeks for spring break. All the while I haven’t had vacation time in almost three years. I only stay because I need the money, but at this point who knows if I will stay. I hope things improve but they don’t look promising.)

Swear By Your Professionalism

| Germany | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Language & Words

(I get along fine with my boss and enjoy working for him, but we had a bit of a rocky start: I’m somewhat shy and he’s prone to angry outbursts, which intimidate me, and this seems to make things even worse. Then one day I decide to change things up a bit.)

Boss: *storms to my desk* “[My Name]! Where’s the f***ing file I need?”

Me: *in a calm tone* “I put the f***ing file on your desk this morning, sir. As requested.”

Boss: “Oh. That’s… fine. Carry on.” *pauses* “Did I say f***?”

Me: *still calm* “No, sir. That would be pretty f***ing unprofessional.”

Boss: *bursts out laughing* “D*** right.”

(He went back to his office happy as pie, and from then on work became a lot better. The best thing about it, though, was the face of my colleague, who overheard the exchange.)

All Talk And No Trousers

| UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

(My shift has had their ears chewed out by the duty manager, due to recent thefts during our shift. Because of the thefts a policy change is made that only a maximum of four items can be taken into the fitting rooms at any one time by one person, and it is stressed to us that there are absolutely no exceptions, and to notify the duty manager if there is a problem. Failure to adhere to the new policy will result in disciplinary action. I’m on the fitting room for the first hour of my shift, and the duty manager comes up.)

Manager: *holding several pairs of trousers* “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. It’s work wear!”

(Before I can say anything she walks into the fitting room. I have to yell to get her to come out.)

Manager: “What is so serious that you have scream?”

Me: “You told us not half an hour ago that it’s a maximum of four items.”

Manager: “Yes, but I’m not a customer—“

Me: “You said no exceptions.”

(She gives me a stern look and walks back into the fitting room. I expect her to come back out, but she doesn’t. I yell for her again and she ignores me, so I decide to have an announcement call for her. She comes out.)

Manager: “What’s happened!?”

Me: “You said if I had trouble I had to call the duty manager.”

Manager: “But that’s me!”

Me: “Exactly. How am I supposed to work to a policy when the one breaking it is meant to be the one enforcing it?”

Manager: “I’ve had enough! Go down to the reception and have [Coworker] switch with you. You need to respect authority.”

(We switch and not even five minutes later another worker is called down. Within the remainder of the hour she has gone through the entire staff. We’re all called to reception, where she is standing in front of the counter, red faced and furious.)

Manager: “This is unacceptable. All of you have undermined my authority. That policy is for customers, not me!”

Coworker: “But the policy said nothing about customers. It said no more than four items per person, that’s it. You had a whole rail in there!”

Manager: “ENOUGH! I’ve had it with this insolence. You pull this one more time and it will be disciplinary action, for ALL of you!”

Other Coworker: “So it’s disciplinary if we follow the policy, and disciplinary of we don’t?”

Manager: “EXACTLY!” *storms off*

(We all launched a grievance against her and in our next shift the store manager thanked us for sticking by the policy, which she confirmed we had correctly adhered to. The duty manager ended up having the disciplinary, and while she still works here, she isn’t allowed to shop for work wear without another manager present, and she hasn’t been on our shift since.)

Listen Here!

| The Netherlands | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring & Inattentive

(While moving heavy objects back into their original storage.)

Boss: “Don’t put that stuff in here!”

Coworker: “All right. Where should we put it?”

Boss: “Not here!”

Coworker: “Yes, but where should we put it, then?”

Boss: “NOT HERE!”

Little Things, Big Problem

| UT, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

(My coworker and I have been butting heads with our boss for over six months. We’re all highly-trained professionals who have worked at this company for several years. We’ve both talked to him directly about it, have met with HR on multiple occasions, and have brought it up to members of the executive team when nothing changed. One (out of many) of the big issues is that neither of us feels like my boss trusts us with anything; we have a daily status meeting that lasts for about an hour and is basically “what are you working on today? Ok, what are you working on today? Ok, this is what I’m working on and will be very busy. Do you have enough to do?” We finally get one of the executives to agree to regular meetings with all three of us to help smooth things over. The following happens at the end our first meeting with the CFO attending, which was productive.)

Boss: “Do you guys feel like the daily status meetings are helpful?”

Me: “No. They—“

Chief Finance Officer: “I’m sorry; let me ask this real quick. What’s the purpose of the daily meeting?”

Boss: “Well, originally it was to make sure that they got here on time. Then it turned into making sure they were optimizing their time properly and had enough to do.”

Chief Finance Officer: “Okay, let me stop you right there. That comes across as you not trusting them to be efficient and get their work done.”

Boss: “Well, how often should we have status meetings then?”

Me: “Once a week.”

Boss: “But then how do I get updates on the status of little things?”

Chief Finance Officer: “You walk over to them and say, ‘hey, how’s this project coming along?’”

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