Topic: horrible bosses

Stock Photos Say All Of Your Bosses Are Really, Really Mean

Stock Photos Say All Of Your Bosses Are Really, Really Mean

A few weeks ago, we explored the strange hilarity that ensues when you type “unemployment” into a stock photo site. This time, I want to show y’all what the stock photo database yielded when I did a simple search for “boss.” No, not mean boss or nasty boss or horrible boss, just plain old “boss.” Although, if the results are any indication, every boss in the world is a white man who has a terrible temper and likes to yell at employees. Take a look: More »

Why E-Yelling Is Scarier Than Actual Yelling And What To Do About It

Why E-Yelling Is Scarier Than Actual Yelling And What To Do About It

You don’t have to work for Miranda Priestly to have experienced e-yelling. Yes, it’s a real word, a real thing. It mostly involves receiving an email in all capital letters. This sounds insane, right? Who in 2012 that has ever used the internet before would send a work email in all capital letters? Well, unfortunately it happens.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN HE DOES GET BACK TO YOU, TELL HIM YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE TO MEET THIS WEEK AND GET ME THE REPORT BY TOMORROW MORNING. MAKE SURE IT’S BOUND. THX.

I understand that sometimes things are urgent. They need to be done a certain way by a certain time. That’s fine. But why would you send someone you work with an email in all capital letters? Why not pick up the phone? Or send the same message in normal-case letters? E-yelling actually causes a message to lose it’s effect, because then the recipient is only focusing on the fact that they’ve just been yelled at. VIA EMAIL. More »

Woman Gives A Kidney For Her Boss, Then Gets Fired

Woman Gives A Kidney For Her Boss, Then Gets Fired

Talk about dedication to your job! Plenty of us put a lot of work into creating a positive and friendly relationship with our bosses, but I’m pretty sure that Debbie Stevens has us all beat. This Long Island resident recently gave up her kidney to help her boss move up on the transplant list. Then, shortly after her surgery, Stevens found herself dismissed from the company. Now, she’s suing for a Human Rights Violation in a story that seems as bizarre as any soap opera plot-line. More »

Co-Worker Conundrum: What To Do With A Dishonest Business Owner

Co-Worker Conundrum: What To Do With A Dishonest Business Owner

Trouble in the office? The Grindstone is here to help. Write in with your workplace drama and we’ll try to help you sort through the office politics and keep moving up the corporate ladder.

Two weeks ago, we responded to a reader write-in about handling a boss who lies. This manager asked her team to falsify records and has been caught being dishonest to her team members. We recommended that her employees document everything, support one another and report the problem to upper management or human resources.

One of our commenters had a new angle to add to the problem. Karen Eichman asked, “What, if anything, would you change about your advice if the liar were the business owner/upper management?” More »

10 Amazing True Stories That End With ‘I Quit!’

10 Amazing True Stories That End With 'I Quit!'

It’s Friday, so I’m going to take a wild guess that even if you love work, you may be feeling a little bit fed up with your job by this point in the week. As you wait for the weekend to begin, enjoy the catharsis of these 10 amazing stories that end with explosive “I quit” moments. These are five of the best “I quit!” stories that ever made the news, plus five brand-new moments from real people who told me their stories. They include a “cake of resignation,” $7-an-hour convenience store clerk who threw a sandwich at her boss, and a fed-up advertising employee who created an “I quit” playlist to blast “Suck on my chocolate salty balls” over the office loudspeakers as she quit. Don’t try to beat these epically awesome quitters at their own game — just enjoy, take a few deep breaths, and wait for 5 pm. More »