- 4 years ago
Ok Bees, so this is a long story. There is a bit of background needed in order to get the full grasp on how horrible my boss is. I’m using a throwaway account for this. I’m also going to try to stay gender neutral and with as little details as possible so I can’t be identified. So, let me begin:
1. The gossip: My boss LOVES gossip. I work in a small office with about 10 regular employees. This small-office environment grows gossip, and is often unavoidable, but the person who MOST OF ALL shouldn’t participate is the supervisor. After one employee took a leave of absence and a temp was hired, the temp thought that original employee was FIRED based on the way my boss talked about them behind their back. My boss loves to spread people’s personal stories.
2. The lack of confidentiality: My boss shares employees’ personal reasons for not coming into work or being unhappy or whatever. One of our employees was fired and my boss had no problem with telling everyone why. If someone files a formal complaint (something that should go in that person’s file and NOT get shared), other employees find out about it. My boss makes sarcastic motions to one employee after another employee says they would like to discuss something they have an issue with.
3. Micromanaging: My boss LOVES to be in control. My boss will not take advice from anyone, and doesn’t see a problem with pointing out every tiny mistake. So here is her latest thing my boss has been doing, and the main reason I’m ranting about it:
4. “Quality Control:” Recently, my boss has decided on a new strategy for lowering the number of mistakes employees make in their daily responsibilities. I guess you could call it “quality control.” So, every day, my COWORKER (not my boss, but my coworker – who just happens to be my boss’s suckup buddy buddy favorite employee, because they are family friends from like 20 years ago), reviews EVERYONE’s work from the previous day. My coworker checks EVERY piece of data inputted into the computer, and looks for mistakes. If this coworker finds a mistake, they make a copy of the mistake, highlight it and write what the mistake was, then puts that copy in your box. Now, it’s not like these are frequent mistakes. Out of probably 1000 fields of data that get entered every day, there are anywhere between 0 – 10 mistakes made per person. That’s not horrible. That’s less than 1% error. These aren’t serious errors, and they are easily fixed. We’re only human.
So, every day we come into work, we get greeted with a nice stack of papers in our box telling us why we’re bad employees and how we F***ed up the previous day. I find it extremely degrading, frustrating after putting in so much hard work at this job, and a HORRIBLE way to go about doing this.
So, yesterday, when I came in to work and was greeted by this wonderful list of my incompetencies as an employee, I snapped. My boss left me a note saying “We put these in your box in hopes of preventing future ERRORS. Please REVIEW and return to me.” So I reviewed them, all right.
I “reviewed” every page in bright, red marker. And actually, the majority of mistakes weren’t even mistakes I had made. They were mistakes a coworker had made but got labeled as mine. So on those pages, I wrote something along the lines of “NOT MY MISTAKE” in red marker, across the whole page. The last one or two, which were my mistakes, I wrote “OOPS!”
Yes, I snapped. But I CAN’T STAND being treated like an idiot and a worthless employee after working here for many years. My boss called me today and would like to hold a meeting with me tomorrow about my reaction to the mistakes.
Bees, what do I do? What should I say in the meeting tomorrow? Should I just quit and find a job that appreciates their employees? Opinions? Any and all thoughts are appreciated!