• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

What were these bad bosses thinking?

by on
in Dealing with Bosses,Office Management

Do you sometimes doubt your “street cred” as a leader?

If so, buck up. You can’t possibly be as bad as these corkers, who won a “bad boss” contest sponsored by the AFL-CIO-affiliate Working America:
  • The grand-prize winner, a millionaire dentist, docked his employees’ pay on Sept. 11, 2001, when patients canceled their appointments.

  • The runner-up postponed replacing a departing employee and threatened to force the extra workload on a part-timer whose mother was dying.

  • One company set up each employee as a department and billed them for expenses. An employee was billed for his chair and coffee he didn’t drink. When his father died, the company was nice enough to send flowers … and then billed the employee for them.

  • To make employees more safety-conscious, a store manager made errant clerks wear a rubber “safety chicken” around their necks, in front of customers.

  • An employee was ordered to cut two buttons off his blazer so he wouldn’t “outrank” his supervisor.

  • At one boss’s suggestion, his employees split a hefty tab for a barbeque. Some brought homemade desserts. After lunch (clocked strictly at one hour), the boss’s wife packed up all the leftovers—including the desserts and chinaware—to serve at her family reunion.

  • An employee who asked to take time off for Passover was denied because if it were allowed, “who knows what other made-up religions and holidays people would come up with.”
But even those can’t top the story of a grease factory employee being groomed for a supervisory position. After an explosion, as the employee rushed toward a seriously injured coworker, the boss offered some quick instruction: “Remember, when we get there, you’ve got to act like you care.”

—Adapted from “My Bad Boss Contest,” Working America, www.workingamerica.org/badboss/.

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/7316/what-were-these-bad-bosses-thinking "

Leave a Comment