Ah, the joys of having a bad boss. It's the gift that keeps on giving – giving you anxiety and stress, that is. We've all been there: the boss who insists on hovering over your shoulder while you work, the one who takes credit for your accomplishments, or the one who seems to have it out for you for no apparent reason. But in this article, we're not just talking about bad bosses. Oh no. We're talking about managers who took bad boss behavior to a whole new level. We're talking about the kind of management that makes you question why you ever went into the workforce in the first place.
So get ready to dive into these 20 tales of terrible management with us. And who knows, maybe reading about someone else's nightmare boss will inspire you to start looking for a new job – or at least give you some great material for complaining to your coworkers.
This was my bosses response to me calling in sick.
My girlfriend's boss "fixed" everyone's schedules after they were complaining about not getting a lunch break on Sunday by making them work 10 minutes short of being legally entitled to one.
The text I received from my boss while sick in bed.
This boss decided 88 degrees was an acceptable temperature for the office.
Boss wouldn’t pay two months after she fired me.
No one can request days off anymore.
My boss said that the staff and patients are using too much water, so she demarcated a new water rationing system with a sharpie.
This boss sent all of these messages to an employee who was in the hospital all week for "excruciating pain" and potentially would be having surgery.
Boss is trying to prevent me (casual employee) from calling in sick.
This boss wanted an employee to close the store in -40 degree Fahrenheit weather.
Micromanaging Boss wants to weaponize CC'ing HR, so I'm weaponizing State Labor laws.
Boss brought in drumsticks for employee appreciation.
Boss is tired of all the complaining.
This boss forbid employees from using chairs because they wanted them to stand all day long.
This boss expected employees to appreciate this "prize" of a 10-minute break.
This boss apparently expected their employee to show up to their shift vomiting everywhere.
Boss lied to clients about my mother dying and expected me to play along.
A thank-you note from my job to my husband for my mandatory overtime.
This boss expected an employee to work for them for a full year before they could even think about quitting.