I’d be willing to bet an arm that a lot of us know people that have enough ‘horrible boss’ stories to fill a book. I know I do!
It would be easy to say, if they did their jobs well no boss would get a chance to hassle them, but what’s to be done in a situation where one does their job well & are still met with disapproval from said boss all the same? For some, victimization in the workplace is very real & very true indeed.
I have heard it all, from the hilarious to the simply outrageous office horror stories.
A close friend gets ‘stalked’ on social media by her line manager, who wants to know if ” he is ‘the one’, everytime she puts up a picture of herself with a man, same boss badmouths her to other colleagues, makes tribalistic statements, discourages talk about salary increase & sent her a notice of suspension for two weeks without pay, for taking an extra leave day. It took the intervention of higher ups’ who declared the punishment excessive, recalled the girl & took the query out of her file, to get it sorted out. It’s a ‘new day, new battle’ scene for her daily.
Another friend grumbles no end, about his boss who insists that he resumes by 7. am everyday & goes into a dark mood If he ever attempts to leave the office by 5.pm which he rarely ever does, even though his letter of employment stipulates the hours of 8-5. She, without fail, always remembers she has a task for him that can’t wait till the next day, and has him working till late.
The weird thing is, the two friends that complain more frequently than any other, work with female bosses. Coincidence right? You, tell me! Some people are of the opinion that female bosses are a little harder to work with than their male counterparts, I just think women have less tolerance for perceived inadequacies in their subordinates. What do you think?
Do you have a ‘horrible boss’ tale to tell? Go ahead, I’m all
ears , eyes.