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I suppose I am venting really but so cross with a boss I thought was a friend. He recently sent an email telling me off for something everyone does and I feel really upset that no one else was pulled up.

He pays less than minimum wage, swears and shouts over the phone, calls his workforce 'the retards' and treats us like the proverbial on his shoe, but to your face is all friendly and pretence. The way I feel at the moment he would easily win worst boss award. Can anyone top this with a horrible boss?

lynnibis
18 days ago
What do you think of this?
SuzJ
SuzJ18 days ago

No but I would actually report him for the retards comment - it's a scummy word and a scummy way to treat people. You probably don't want to cause that much fuss but he sounds like a horrible human being.

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lynnibis
lynnibis
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18 days ago

Sadly can't report him as he is the owner/manager but company very small. Strangely he is a very likeable person and in his company lots of good stories and anecdotes etc. But he talks about staff to each other and is never around when needed, always on holiday, lunching or dining etc. Still, as hspexy says, Karma,what goes round comes round.

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hspexy
hspexy18 days ago

Have had my fair share of dealings with people in management who deserve to be smacked in the face...but they often avoid me as I give as good as I get. Those who use their status to bully others often can’t take what they dish out, and with the way the world has changed, those types of people will get their come uppance at some point. Karma will sort them out πŸ‘

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lynnibis
lynnibis
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18 days ago

Yes, I don't take nonsense either and have emailed him back putting my point of view but has ignored and told a colleague he didn't read it. Still, where we have upper hand is that job is on a weekly schedule and he can't afford for anyone to walk or he would be in deep doo dah and unable to cover the work. Thanks for your comments guys.

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Jamala
Jamala18 days ago

You have my total sympathy. I once worked for the boss from hell. In a small company f you take complaints further you know that the company will probably close as profit margins are usually tight and other people will lose jobs. Its a catch 22 and a difficult position to be in. I am a strong person but was frequently reduced to tears, I was called every name under the sun. One day when he was screaming in my face I grew a backbone, picked up my bag and walked out the door. I don't understand their mentality. On the flip side.. Some employees will always push the boundaries but everyone should still be treated fairly and with respect even when being disciplined. I hate getting rid of people but sometimes you have no choice. Paying below minimum wage is certainly not acceptable.

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lynnibis
lynnibis
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18 days ago

I feel very hurt and upset this time as I have a clean record and was told off for trying to help his company! We provide a service but he often gives us deadlines which are totally impossible to keep. So, clients often ask why we are late etc. I believe that clients deserve an explanation and it is important to keep them on side. Were we to ignore the issues or rudely refuse to explain that is surely detrimental to the business. As I said, we all feel obliged to explain when we are or are going to be late as he is never available to do so. Now though I just get on with the job and keep quiet come what may, his business, his problem. I started 7 years ago and have never had a pay rise, nor have the others.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn17 days ago

I've been told off twice for being early to work! I got told off for sending an email with a smiley at the end of it to a colleague on another site I had to talk to every day , I was threatened with a written warning once and send home early from work as I sent an email to my team asking if anyone had any pink floyd cds I could borrow and copy. I was told I was asking them to join me in criminal activity in illegally copying cds. I didn't get the warning but I was crying my eyes out when they sent me home on a friday and I had to wait until monday to see if I was going to get the warning. Got sent home from another job as I didn't go the post office when asked as I was too busy and dared to suggest that my colleagues who were doing nothing might like to go. One boss threw a telephone at me. Didn't hit me but landed in front of me. Then there's the bullying to the point of suicide. I was found clinging to my staircase crying one morning by mum saying I didn't want to go to work. She made an appointment for the GP and I got signed off with stress and I had to quit the job. I work from home now barely making a living but I'm too scared to have a regular job. I've been bullied in the workplace badly by managers several times. One even made up a story that I had sent her hate mail to her house (I don't know where she lives) after I had left the company and she sent the police round to warn me! Most of these stories are from local government employers - NHS and council.

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Jamala
Jamala17 days ago

ShellyAnn It is the worst thing to have a horrible boss but you can't let it ruin your life. There are some great employers out there and you gain so much by going out to work besides the money there is the social aspect as well. Why not try a bit of temping. You may land on your feet with a really nice company, and if you don't like a job just tell the agency and you don't have to go back.

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davidstockport
davidstockport17 days ago

ShellyAnn - if as you say one boss threw the phone at you and because of things like that you quit. You sound to have a good case for suing for constructive dismissal. If you have any witnesses you could even get the police involved - that is assault! There's no need for the phone to actually hit, if you were put in fear that it might do - that is enough.

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lynnibis
lynnibis
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17 days ago

Oh Shelley, you poor thing, I really feel for you. Please don't go down the route of staying indoors too much. I have found people get to the top by pushing and shoving and once there they are often bullying. I too worked in council for 26 years, saw and felt my share of it. 'Absolute power corrupts absolutely.' It is a rare human being who can be given power and not let it go to their head. I saw this with my ex husband who changed out of all recognition when he became a policeman in the 80s.

Do go for a regular job, not all managers are monsters, Jamala sounds lovely. Maybe try for a job where you are amongst people as the bullies usually try to isolate you as they don't want witnesses. Good luck and I hope you can put the past behind you. Maybe you and a friend could look into something like crafts done at home?

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Jamala
Jamala17 days ago

Thanks ... not sure they would all agree, I am reasonable but not a pushover!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig17 days ago

That sounds awful! I used to work in a cafe and the boss there was a nightmare. He used to watch us on the security cameras when he wasn't there, would complain at us if he thought we weren't working hard enough (even though we were always doing something, even if the place was empty, we would be cleaning, stocking up etc) he was really rude to us, would shout at us in front of customers (the manager always told him to back off and stood up for us) made a few of the younger staff cry. He once had a go at me for something that wasn't my fault as I wasn't even at work that night and I told him straight that it wasn't me, showed him the rota and told him that if I was going to be accused of stuff I hadn't done then I wouldn't be back to work. I also told him that considering he watches the cameras he should have known who was working the night before. He didn't know that we knew he watched the cameras and after that he was never rude to me again. He was the worst boss I have had, but luckily he wasn't there that often and I was always able to switch off when I got home as I knew I would be leaving to start teaching.

No one should be treated badly at their work or bullied by their boss.

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lynnibis
lynnibis
Original Poster
17 days ago

Such terrible stories coming out, bullying is alive and well it seems.

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davidstockport
davidstockport17 days ago

You say he sent you an email - if that was out of working hours ask him for overtime for reading it and tell him if he wants to tell you off to do it to your face in time you're being paid for in future. At least you've got his email address....😊 REVENGE can be sweet - ask if you want details.πŸ˜€

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