Employees Share The Most Wildly Unprofessional Acts They’ve Witnessed In The Workplace
The workplace is a competitive and stressful environment at the best of times. Unless you’re lucky enough to work from home (which brings untold benefits in terms of productivity and avoiding boring meetings, by the way), we’re all crammed in like sardines into a daily commute and crushed like chum in the daily grind.
Of course, work isn’t always bad. It can be incredibly fulfilling and financially rewarding, otherwise, we wouldn’t do it. These Redditors, however, don’t want to talk about the best of times. They want to talk about the pettiest of times. Those moments when a co-worker acted like a terrible human being just because they could or when a boss went out of their way to treat a subordinate badly.
We’ve all had days like these. Let’s hope that the more people read about this kind of behavior, the less likely they are to behave that way. Check out the pettiest moments ever experienced at work. Sadly, you’re going to believe them.
#25 The Plague Carrier
My boss doesn’t believe in sick days (for herself or anyone else). So she came in all last week with a terrible cold and laryngitis. This week three other people have the same thing.
Sick days aren’t meant for fun times, they’re meant to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses. She’s such a horrible move. I need a new job.
#24 She Knows Best
I worked as a head lifeguard at a waterpark. We had a minor situation where a kid who couldn’t swim jumped into the deep end.
The lifeguard of that area went in to get her. No big deal, happens a lot. My boss, the park supervisor heard the whistle blow, ran at full speed and jumped in with the non-waterproof radio among other important items. I let her know she didn’t need to do that, that I had it under control. She replied that I should never tell her she is wrong and sent me home for the day.
#23 Hitting On Her In Front Of Her Girl
At the last company I worked for, the vice president was a lesbian. She would sometimes get really drunk at lunch and come back to the office.
Once when she did this she called me in for a meeting at which time she told me to sit next to her and put her hand on my thigh while telling me about all the potential I had with the company.
To top this off, the conference room had glass walls so everyone walking by could see what was going on. One of those people happened to be her girlfriend who had showed up to drop off something to her.
It was beyond awkward.
#22 Law And The Lord Don’t Mix
I’m in law enforcement. One of my co-workers is super-religious Christian, to the point where his advice to the rest of us always revolves around “you should go to church more” and “the Bible contains all of your answers.”
Those of us that work with him tune him out. The real problem is that he talks this way to our subjects and victims, as well. He’ll tell someone who’s clearly an atheist that he will “pray for them” or that “God forgives you.” Several times, he’s given an impromptu lecture on getting right with Jesus to someone we’ve arrested.
We’ve counseled him over and over again to knock this off. First, it’s not our place to proselytize. Second, there’s a serious issue with church/state separation when a government employee, on duty, is lecturing someone about God or religion. Third, when you give that lecture to someone, you run the risk of pushing them into saying something, by making them believe that they are committing a religious sin as well as a crime.
In short, it’s going to backfire on him at some point, which is why I make a point of staying far away from him when we’re out of the office.
#21 The Kitten Might Have Been Undead
I showed a coworker a video of my new kitten. Next thing I know I’m in an office being scolded and told I should have known better as well as having my professionalism questioned. Apparently, someone walking by recently had their cat pass away and felt the need to complain. Now if I want to show a video at work, I have to have it approved by management first.
#20 She Put It In Writing
I’ve worked for my company for almost two years, and I haven’t used any vacation leave. I decided to treat myself to a four day weekend; I took Thursday and Friday off. Thursday morning my boss calls me like four times. I’m so annoyed because I wanted to sleep in. I answer it the fifth time she calls.
She’s begging me not to read the email she sent me when I get to the office on Monday. She said she wrote it while she was feeling mean-spirited and felt like bullying me. Can’t wait to forward it to HR when I go back to work tomorrow.
#19 Bearing A Grudge
I used to work at a bar that sold (flavored) shots and beer. Around eight people worked there (2 per shift), and I was one of the best.
My boss didn’t bother to arrange shifts, so his much younger and much more inexperienced friend did that for him. She’d had a thing for my boyfriend (who also worked there) for years now, and she didn’t really try to hide it.
He worked almost every day. I was called in once a week. After a month, they hardly ever called, and although I was never officially fired, that woman did “get rid of me.”
I hope she gets eaten by boars.
#18 Some Places Are Truly Brutal
I’m a unit secretary at a hospital. Typically I’m the one that gets the call when we have a new patient coming to the floor. Since we are always understaffed, a new patient is always a call for moaning.
And guess who gets blamed?
The other day one of the nicest nurses lost her plot and started berating me because she was going to get her 8th patient. I don’t make bed assignments, and she knows that. Still, I’m the one who has to absorb the screaming.
This was after my supervisor chewed me out because her supervisor had me helping out on the floor because we only had one nurse aid for 22 patients. And it was only two hours into my 12-hour shift.
I cry at work every day.
#17 Sometimes You Have To Play Dirty Too
At a part-time job I had eons ago, the boss would come in and flip through dirty magazines while we were talking. It was slightly awkward. I responded by putting up a mildly graphic calendar and praising the virtues of the young ladies featured. He assumed I was a lesbian and left me alone after that.
#16 The Delivery Boy Was Not Happy
Was working for a small business and was repeatedly asked to use my own personal car to make deliveries and pick up supplies. I eventually told the owner that I didn’t feel comfortable using my personal vehicle for company work. My statement was polite and voiced my concerns about only having liability insurance on it and having to pay for all the gas on my own too. The owner was like, how many miles did you drive yesterday? Maybe 3? Here are 75 cents. That’s average mileage pay. And he drops three quarters into my hand.
I looked at the change in my hand, then looked up at him, then back at the change in my hand, and they were diamonds.
Just kidding. I threw the quarters on the ground as I looked at him and said I don’t want your change. Then I quit and told him to shove it.
#15 The Stock Day That Never Stopped
Once I was working on the stock day, and although stock still needed to be put away, the employees that were scheduled to get off wanted to leave.
I asked them if they would stay and help put away stuff, but the one employee was whining that he wanted to leave, and I was really irritated with his whining, so I went ahead and let him clock out and go.
I walked back to the office to get something, and my boss who was sitting at the computer putzing around says to me, “Is the stock put away yet?”
I said “No. The employees that were scheduled to leave left, so I have to do it myself.”
And he flipped his lid.
“What do you MEAN they left? I THOUGHT I told you to tell those employees to stay.”
So I said, “Umm, If they’re scheduled to get off, I can’t FORCE them to stay. None of them wanted to stay to help; it’s not my fault they were only scheduled until 1.”
Then he pulls out this gem:
”I’m sick of your abject nonsense.” I left the office. Then, a couple of hours later, he asks me if the stock is done again. I was really angry, so I said, “Mostly. But I can’t put the sodas away because I can’t reach the top shelf.” Keep in mind, these are 50lb syrups, I have trouble lifting them.
And he says to me, instead of offering his help, “Get a stool.”
I am so glad he no longer works there.
#14 Harassed On Her First Day
I was 15, the first day working at a small skate shop. I am a girl, by the way. My boss was 20-something, I know he had graduated college, and this was a summer job. While I was reaching to grab something from a top shelf, he came over and smacked my behind. I asked him quietly to please not do that again, and he told me that this was his store and that I was lucky to have a job. I quit and called my mom.
Unfortunately, we had a family vacation the next week, and I decided not to bother with pressing charges or telling the boss, though I probably should have.
#13 The Payback Is Endless
I work in direct patient care in a psychiatric facility when one of my coworkers suddenly called a patient an incredibly rude name. Yelled it right in her face in front of myself and other staff. I wrote her up because I don’t think it was right.
Fast forward a few weeks, and this coworker finds out that I was one of the people who complained and has been passive-aggressive with her comments and glares at me. She’s been trying to get a friend of mine who used to work with us to harass me into changing my story. It hasn’t happened though. There have been whispers that I have heard about “throwing people under the bus.”
I had previously on several occasions talked to this person about her language, attitude, and behavior. I was told by her that it wasn’t my job to do this. I have gone to my boss and informed them.
I have been made to feel like I’m the one that did something wrong. Screw me, right? I don’t think that someone suffering a psychotic break should be called names in a professional environment!
#12 Food Fights Are Not Fun
My old manager used to flip out and give you a lousy schedule the following week if you brought in food for yourself and none for him. He also used to write homophobic slurs on my back in ranch dressing because I decided to stop seeing a girl we worked with (we were cooks, the girl was a waitress). This then exploded into World War III when myself and another co-worker dosed him with water and flour. The manager started pouring full 3-liter jugs of BBQ sauce on us.
#11 The Preaching Ninja
I used to go to a Christian private school.
Our athletic director used to be principal of a separate public school. He’d tell everyone who got sent to his office for doing something wrong that they needed to accept Jesus, etc., etc. Finally, he got fired from teaching at public schools for throwing a stapler at a kid who told him that religion is stupid. How he evaded being arrested, I have absolutely no clue, but holy, did I hate that man.
#10 Atheism Is Not The Best Call Here
My previous job my boss told me that I needed to go to church, and they were concerned because no one ever saw me say grace when eating lunch in my cubicle. She and others in the office would constantly nag me about Christian stuff. It got so bad that I would avoid conversations with many folks there because it always leads to Jesus. They ended up firing me for petty reasons and I’ve lawyered up.
#9 The Empathy Was Weak With This One
My last boss utterly convinced himself that I had made up an ailment so that I could skip work. I had a minor operation to remove an axillary abscess but it required nearly two months of aftercare by means of a nurse pulling the dressing out of the hole and then restuffing the cavity, which would generally only take a half hour out of the working day as the doctor’s clinic was just down the road, and I managed to get most of my appointments during my lunch hour.
So despite having a whopping big bandage taped under my arm and across my shoulder that was visible under my clothing, he’d make snide comments and refer to my “appointments” with bunny fingers, and worst of all he would “pop out for five minutes” just before I was due to get a dressing change (it was a small business, so one person had to be there) so I’d miss my appointment and have to go grovel to the nurses because they had to deal with me after hours.
There was just not one ounce of empathy in that guy. I feel so sorry for whoever had to take over my role when I left.
#8 The Facebook ‘Friend’
I removed my manager from my Facebook a few months back, and she told everyone at work and asked me to re-add her. I removed her because out of the two years that I’ve worked there, I was late ONCE because of a car accident that happened directly in front of me. When I called to let her know I had to give my statement to the police, she told me it was unacceptable, and I need to be more professional.
Note: That’s still the only time I’ve ever been late, and I have NEVER called in sick. But my coworker comes in late at least twice a week. Cool story.
#7 The Flakey Faker Gets Away With It
I had an employer call me and another worker into his office. Apparently, there was a big mistake made on one of the client’s forms. The client was mine, but I didn’t recognize the handwriting on that particular form, nor did I have any recollection of making any arrangements with him. The other employee confesses that he had filed it “for” me, without my knowledge, and had clearly messed it up. He told our boss it was entirely his mistake, and that he was sorry to both me and the boss.
My boss responded by telling me I was being sent home and to spend the extra time thinking about what I had done. The other employee (who looked shocked) was told he was okay and to get back to work. I spent my “extra time” looking for a new job and quit the next day.
#6 That Confidentiality Clause Doesn’t Hold Water
I’m being fired tomorrow for making an HR complaint against my director. I guess meetings with HR aren’t confidential as I was told.
#5 They Stood Up For The Harasser
I worked for an employer where a supervisor was behaving inappropriately towards a female co-worker. She noticed that I witnessed his advances and inappropriate touching, so she asked for my help. I mentioned it to him and was blown off, so I brought it to his boss who said it was a non-issue. We ended up taking it to the General Manager who sent me home saying that my conduct was unprofessional. I was fired the next morning. The offending supervisor was deported a few days later for being an undocumented immigrant when the call center was raided by immigration.
From the description, you may think it was some horrible boiler-room marketing company, but it was ACS/Xerox, the same company that manages call centers across the country handling everything from student loans collections for the federal government to customer service calls for major companies. So yes, I guess it was some horrible boiler-room marketing company.
#4 Fetch And Carry Because I Said So
I had a nurse supervisor who would take advantage of me being a nice person by having me pick up her breakfast every day in the cafeteria since I was going over there for myself. Every day. She was lazy, and I was being taken advantage of. So one day I decided I wasn’t going to do it. When she came to bring me her money, I politely told her that I wasn’t buying that morning. It turned into an argument to the point of where SHE CRIED, and I said, fine, gimme your money, whatever, I’ll go get your breakfast. She walked away. Later, I was called into the director’s office, and she said I should have just got the breakfast for her. What the heck?
#3 Straight Up ‘Me Too’ Material
When I was 16, my boss called me to tell me that my super hot, much older co-worker said that I’d be the perfect guy for her if I were 6 years older. Then he spent the next 10 minutes telling me how I’m gonna get all the girls in college. “Alright, so I’ll see you on Saturday.”
“Uhm… okay… thanks, Aris…”
#2 A Completely Over The Top Reaction
This will get buried, but it’ll be good to get it off my chest. I used to work as the head cook in a soup kitchen. One day, my supervisor called me into her office, closed the door, and screamed at me for fifteen straight minutes because one of my homeless volunteers had stored two boxes of cans in the incorrect closet.
Seriously, fifteen minutes of vein-popping, shrill, roid-rage shrieking.
#1 Sick Days? No Sick Days In The Workplace.
Got pneumonia. Got put on antibiotics which it turned out I was allergic to. Experienced anaphylaxis, so spent the night in the hospital and couldn’t come into work. My boss was the kind who would rather people come into work sick than not work, so he was displeased.
I missed four more days. On the second day, he called me up asking “if there was something [he] should know about” i.e., thinking I was missing work because of partying or something. I said no. He said I needed a note for every single day I missed, so each day I had to pull myself out of bed and go to a walk-in clinic to get a doctor’s note. Here in Canada, you have to pay for the doctor’s notes, but the doctor was just like “What? Your boss is a jerk” and would give me the note for free each day.
The day before I returned, my boss e-mailed me saying that I was missing an average of 1/4 work day (having missed 5 days for that month) and that sort of absenteeism was unacceptable, blah blah blah. Revoked my right to sick days, and from then on until I left the company a year later, I had to call his cell phone when I arrived in the office to the time stamp that I had arrived and prove I wasn’t being a lousy employee. If I didn’t call by like 9:01, (for example, if my phone was ringing off the hook when I arrived), he would start calling my cell phone/texting me angrily.