Workers take nice bosses for granted, a recent business study found.
Staff can go through a lot, with tales of employees being 'forced to dance' in their job interview and further strange and shocking incidents.
Are these nightmare bosses a rarity? HuffPost UK asked around for stories and has compiled the best tales of outrageously horrible bosses below.
A Truffle Shuffle Tussle
"I was working for a national charity's press office, which was plastered with photos of photos of puppies (being related to the work of the charity)." "My colleague B went to put up the latest cute pic and was instantly and publicly berated by the boss, who said "it looks unprofessional", despite being surrounded by similar photos from past campaigns. "B pointed at a poster that had been there so long, it had become invisible: "The truffle shuffle", featuring a fat kid stuffing joyfully his face. The manager tore it down in disgust, having seemingly never noticed it before. "I can't tell you how happy I was to hand in my notice later."
A Jammie Dodger Disaster
One morning I was doing a shift and the CEO called me asking for a coffee and his 'special biscuits'. His biscuits were Jammie Dodgers. When I took them in, he slammed down the phone and shook his head looking at the plate of biscuits. He then informed me that "Those Jammie Dodgers are too light" and that he wanted "Darker biscuit". I thought he was joking until I realised he wasn't. He had a reputation for flying off the handle so I took them away and asked the receptionist (who was back from her break) what I should do. She rolled her eyes and sent me to buy 10 packs of jammie dodgers. I had to bring them back, open them all and find the 5 darkest ones. To my shame, I did it. I took them in but by then he'd left...
An Exacting Early-Morning Riser
When I was working in media, my boss stipulated that, despite official office hours being 8.30am - 6pm, all junior staff had to be in before 8am in order to collect the milk and also attend a newspaper reading session. Although this was a 'suggested' point in contracts, it was an instant black-mark against you if you didn't come in early. To the point where the poor receptionist was asked to make a list of any juniors who came in past 8am - even 1 minute past. She had to hand that to the CEO every day and he'd then email the 'offenders'.
Boss Sees Red Over Ketchup
I had one boss who was so terrible that I actually started to believe I was part of some secret fly on the wall documentary. The boss, who shall remain anonymous, had a phobia of the colour red. We were advised not to wear any red clothes to work or risk being sent home to change. She was particularly afraid of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. One day I was sitting down for my lunch, which I’d made that morning. I’d brought some mayonnaise with me. My boss walked in, saw my food and went ballistic. Looking like she was about to burst into tears, she shouted, “get that out of here”. I was confused to say the least. I wasn’t wearing any red clothes and nothing in my lunch was red. But, unfortunately, my mayonnaise was from Heinz and even that was enough to set her off. I had to remove the jar from the building immediately.
Car Crash? Whiplash? Meh
'I was driving in convoy to a new business meeting, we were involved in a car accident with whiplash and coffee all down ourselves." Our boss proceeded to ask me to leave my car at the accident and get in her car to go to the meeting, then never mentioned to the new client that we'd had just been in a crash."
My boss regularly call up other members of staff's salaries during company meetings. The next day, he would bring in items he'd bought and ask our opinion on whether we liked them. He also took a mortgage out for his house from company money - requesting that we work harder so he could pay off the mortgage faster.
Never Work With Dogs...
My boss has an office dog, on one occasion the dog had explosive diarrhoea and a member of the team had to clean up the carpet, he still asks team members to walk the dog.
My old boss used to call me for weird requests on my way into work, like once doing so at 7am and asking me to travel t his house to put his cat in the cat basket, as the cat needed to go to the vet and it liked me more than him. It was the final straw & I handed in my notice later that month!
An Billboard Boardroom Battle
I discussed a project with my boss to create large-scale advertising billboards that would change with the seasons. She and the team loved the idea, said the project was great, and I got official approval to go ahead. Two weeks later, I dropped off fully designed proofs for the completed project at her office to get her approval for release. The rest of the team had seen them and loved them, however she took one look and yelled at me for wasting the company's time and money on such a silly project. It wasn't funny then, but it's funny now, especially considering that the company ended up using the billboards that I created (without any changes) shortly before my annual review.
Worker Monkeys And A Dodgy Computer Folder...
My boss would refer to his staff as 'worker monkeys' (to our faces) and would regularly leave early on Friday for 'Poet's day' (P*ss off early, tomorrow's Saturday) - leaving us to lock up. He often asked me to send things from his computer on his behalf, and on his desktop was a folder titled 'hentai'. If you don't know what that is, let's just say it's not appropriate stuff for your work computer desktop!
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