Employees Reveal What Management Has Done That Instantly Killed Morale


Upper management... get a pen and paper!

It's an arduous task being in upper management. You have a ton of company responsibility on your shoulders plus employees to shepherd. But your employees are not your children or your servants.

A true leader leads with compassion and sets the tone of the community. Treating your staff like less than will only bring down morale which will lead to a decline in productivity. Just because you have a title doesn't mean you're better than anyone else.

Redditor kraam1217 wondered What's something your employer did that instantly killed employee morale?

50. Out with the trash!


I work in a big corporate building. The same older lady came by everyone's desk towards the end of the day to collect the trash. Just the sweetest lady ever and every time she'd walk to my desk she'd give me a big smile and ask me how my day was and chat for a minute as she got my trash (usually I'd dump it in for her). I had some rough days but she has a way to cheer me up and send me home on a higher note. I know I'm not the only one either.

So then a few weeks back our work implemented a new policy to 'cut down on trash usage.' It's no longer allowed to have a trash bin at our desk and we have to walk across the room and use the community trash to throw anything away. Not a huge deal but the real reason they did it is so they can cut down on cost... the cleaning crew.

Sad to say that I haven't seen Sharon since.


49. Teachers always know best!

This school wanted to switch to Chromebooks. So what did they do? One summer while teachers weren't working, they removed every single Windows station and replaced them with Chromebooks to be issued to teachers. They were told to "figure it out."

When teachers came up and asked how they could teach Photoshop, programming, AutoCAD 3d modeling, etc., admin basically googled their program name plus "Chromebook extension" and told them "see? There's an extension for it and it works!" I don't think I have to add that it did not work.

They ended up bringing back the desktops for most teachers.


48. Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon...


Boss Pitched a sales incentive trip to Cancun if the team hit the goal. My team exceeded the goal, and then they cancelled the trip. 2 people quit, I accepted a position with their main competitor, and less than a year later, they closed in bankruptcy. Karma's a beach.


47. I'm Vomiting...

Put up a poster that said "Complaining is like vomiting. You feel better but everyone around you feels sick." The morale was already bad but it was just a crappy way to take a hit at upset employees rather than do anything positive.


46. Survivor : CSC Edition...


I was one of a large number of programmers working on a project at CSC. We had a deadline coming up in a couple months and they over-promised to the client and then asked us all to work extra hard to meet the deadline, and asked us to work 50+ hour weeks. Which we did - and then some: some of us put in 70-80 hour weeks to meet this deadline.

But once that deadline was met, suddenly there was another deadline they needed to meet. And another. People got tired, had lives to lead, and scaled back on their hours. Most of us were still working 50-60 hours a week, but not a lot more than that.

Once they realized we weren't killing ourselves on their project any longer, there was an All Hands meeting where the managers told us that they were incredibly disappointed in our lack of professionalism because so comparatively few employees were now working more than fifty hours a week.

One of our harder workers stood up and said, "Look, I have three kids. I'm driving an hour into and out of work every day, I'm taking care of my family, I'm trying to get presents for Christmas, write out Christmas cards, decorate and clean the house for everyone we're having over for the holidays - I'm having a really hard time just getting to fifty."

And the manager looked at her and sneered, "If it wasn't Christmas, it'd be because it's Easter, or Memorial Day, or because it's summer and it's nice out. You'd always have some excuse."

There was dead silence in the room.

When we left that meeting, we didn't talk to each other, but every single worker on that project put in exactly fifty hours a week after that. Then came Christmas - raise and bonus time! Every worker on the project got a 1/2 percent raise; the managers got a five-figure bonus. We were pissed.

For management, the pain came after Christmas. First week off the year, four programmers had better jobs lined up and quit. Three more the following week. Five the next. We hemorrhaged 3-5 programmers every single week for over three months. It got to the point where the managers had to schedule a meeting every Monday at eleven to discuss that week's resignations and rearrange the surviving staff.


45. Really? That's your actual plan?

  1. Bought a manufacturing plant.
  2. Fired everyone.
  3. Tried to hire them back for $2 less ActualWhiterabbit

44. Smart. Make it about you...

I once had a retail manager who sent out a memo that we worked so hard and did such a great job this month that she gets a bonus. That went over like a lead balloon.


43. Excuse me?


I told the hiring manager that I was disappointed in one of his hires because he knew literally NOTHING about our job and asked him "doesn't that cheapen my knowledge and expertise?"

His response: "Well, let's be honest, your job doesn't really need all that, does it?"

There were four other people my level, with varying fields of expertise, at that meeting, and it got real quiet after that.

42. Ha Ha... fooled you!

Telling employees that they are going to fire you if you don't make more sales. Then when someone quits tell them naww that was just motivation. We were never going to fire you.


41. The poop is hitting the fan!


Small business. 20 employees. Boss made a big speech about austerity measures and no raises this year. A week and a half later he drives up in a brand new Silverado with all the bells and whistles. Expensed to the business of course. He would hate to have to pay taxes on those profits. One of the less subtle members of the staff took a literal poop in front of his office door.


40. Put down the blow sweaty...


I worked at a club in Miami and the owner was out of his damn mind (years of drug abuse).. when the housing market crashed obviously people were spending far less going out but he insisted we were all stealing. We had meetings once a week with all kinds of threats. Finally he put in an automatic pouring system for 50k+, it basically looks like you're pouring drinks from a soda gun, super boring. The fun vibe and flair we had was totally gone which made sales drop even more. He ripped the system out two weeks later.


39. Don't touch my coffee. No, don't play!

Former teacher. The administrators at my school were usually pretty chill, but had a habit of randomly coming up with minor rules that they would enforce for us (male teachers had to wear ties even on jeans day, etc.). Overall it wasn't bad, except for the time an administrator made a crucial mistake... they banned staff from drinking coffee in front of students.

Now if you've never worked in a school, you'd think this isn't a big deal. When you spend nearly 100% of your day in front of students, it definitely is a big deal.

First we tried to find any loophole we could. Energy drinks? Banned the next week. Tea? Banned two days later. It was chaos. Eventually, we realized they couldn't fire an entire school's worth of teachers and aides, so we ended up doing the one thing that private schools fear most: we formed a union.

Realistically, it was more of a weird pseudo-union focused specifically on civil disobedience regarding the coffee issue, but it ruffled feathers nonetheless. The administrators caved to our "demands," allowed us to drink coffee again, and even bought each of us a reusable coffee mug as a gesture of goodwill. And that's the story of how a handful of school administrators almost accidentally created a teachers union over a complete non-issue.


38. Sounds like somebody needs a friend...


She actively tried to ban friendships. If co-workers became friendly she would schedule them so they would NEVER see each other. "You're here to work! Not to socialize!"

She also banned everyone from coming into the workplace when they were not working. It was a pub. She banned socializing in a pub.


37. Shady dirtbags!

Told a bunch of people they were going to be promoted to get us to do extra work, no one got promoted. I basically did her job for a month. Me and three of my co-workers quit and she got fired a few months later.


36. Shake, Shake, Shake Senora...


Had a boss everyone loved, then she got transferred to another store and the new guy that replaced her decided the schedule that we'd all gotten used to needed to be "shaken up." He posted the next week schedule that was completely different than it had been under the previous manager, got a bunch of complaints from people saying they can't work x days or y times and it SEEMED he was receptive since he took that schedule down. Then suddenly BAM, he just reposted the same exact schedule and said screw everyone.

Oh, we had some people calling in sick from time to time under the old manager, but this new manager has pretty much half his crew every single day calling out because of his crappy tactics.

Here's the first thing to learn about being a good manager...you don't need to "shake things up" for people to be better workers. You don't need to "put your mark" on anything if it's working just fine the way it was.


35. Better Clean Up.... 

I used to work at an English immersion middle school in Korea. The admin was all Korean, including my boss, the vice principal. Word started going around that the school was under investigation for certain admin taking bribes to admit students. The VP got visibly anxious for a few weeks. Then one Sunday night we got a text message from one of the Korean teachers at the school: "The vice principal has passed away." It turns out he had hung himself in the school lobby that afternoon. The teaching staff still had to be at school the next morning even though classes were canceled for several days. I remember walking into the school and seeing a custodian mopping the spot where the VP had been hanging. Morale tanked pretty hard for a while.


34. I will reclaim my time....

Held a super positive, pep rally style company wide meeting about how they were going to start combining our sick days with our vacation days and now just call them 'PTO.' This was presented to us as a great thing, since we could all now use our PTO days fully as vacation days if we wanted to. Once the system was implemented, everyone realized that instead of getting 10 vacation days and 10 sick days per year, we now all had 15 PTO days. Everyone was pissed.


33. We will rise against you!!


I have 2!

Company 1: Cancelled the Christmas party and Christmas bonuses for the whole company because we "didn't have the money for it." I found out later the CEO and the CTO used company funds to take a week-long ski vacation in Whistler instead of doing something nice for the employees. You better believe I spread that evidence around the office.

Company 2: It's not one specific incident, but my current company in the last couple years switched from guaranteed permanent employment for anyone who worked there long enough to a system of permanent contract labor for a huge section of their workforce. Rumblings of unionization have started amongst the contract workers...


32. Ah this is "Push-it!"


In a company of 6 people, owner said in a meeting with everyone that his 2 sales guys are irreplaceable and that the rest of us are "just paper pushers."


31. Save it for Dr. Phil y'all!

Had a big fight with his wife in front of everybody. I don't think you should run a restaurant with your family members unless you're really solid with each other.


30. More work, less supplies... 

At an airplane factory: manager started rationing gloves, hairnets, masks, and trash bags at the same time we had to go on a 12x6 workweek, like that was gonna make up for the increase in labor. Reddit

29. Save the Crew...

They got rid of their night cleaning crew the week after I started and we had to learn how to clean the whole department on our own before close. I work in a meat department so this meant taking apart and cleaning 2 meat grinders and a band saw that were covered with meat goop. Almost the whole department quit because of this, but I stuck around and got the hang of it. After about 3 months though they hired the cleaning crew back. Now closing is a breeze. woollydogs

28. Every pinched penny counts... 

I went to work for a company that I had wanted to work at for 4 years. I had friends who worked there, they were growing and profitable and they had lots of fun events and great perks. A real start up type environment. When they finally hired me the company had just started in on the fringes of losing money. The monthly lunches became monthly snacks became quarterly snacks. The appreciation for service awards dropped all of the prize money (they used to give $100 gift card per year worked). Management started being crankier and more stressed out. Budgets shrunk.

But ALL OF THAT was ok with me. I still believed in the company and it's leadership and I know that businesses have good years and bad years. Then they did the one thing that sent every talented and sought after employee heading for the door. They killed bonuses. Not company performance bonuses, personal performance bonuses.

When I was hired 10% of my pay was negotiated to be based on personal performance. They changed it so that all bonuses were only based on the company hitting its financial targets. Which they didn't. They didn't even announce it company wide or have an all hands meeting. They made each manager tell their head counts during our annual quarterly reviews. I was told by my manager that he "didn't work for or expect the bonus, that's why it's called a bonus."

So I said goodbye to my 10% pay cut and hello to a 25% raise somewhere else. computerdickles

27. Killing a Legacy...

I worked at a family owned market that was well known and loved by locals. The owners were a lovely couple that took care of their employees and would bend over backwards for their customers. They were very active in the community and highly respected. They had a few core employees and would hire on temp staff during the summer and holidays. The temps were mostly high schoolers and college kids that were home on break.

They would bring back the same people as long as they could and the kids would try to stay as long as they could. The pay was well above market for those positions, we could shop the and get a 75% discount, after six months you got two weeks paid vacation, and the owners would close the store a couple days a year and host a party for all of the employees. It was the best job any high schooler in the area could get. I lived right next to the store and my parents were friends with the owners so I was given a job there. All my friends were jealous.

After working there for a few years, the couple decided they wanted to retire to spend time with their daughter and her children in another state. Many tears were shed and they had a huge retirement party where they introduced their son to everyone and told us he was taking over. They gushed about his prestigious business education and background.

As soon as they were gone, the son decided he was going to remake the store in his image. He fired basically all the staff, most of whom that had been there for 10 to 15+ years. He then staffed the whole place with homeschool kids and junkies. He cut the discounts and vacations. He hired some old high school friends to manage the place so he could take the profits to go party and get coked out.

The shop went from having the same staff for years to having to retrain an entirely new staff every other month. No one wanted to stay. Managers were reporting perfectly good product as damaged and taking it home. Shelves sat empty. Locals stopped shopping there. The place became a corpse of what it had been. The original owners had enough of their friends complain to them about their son that they came back for a short time and tried to make it right, but it was too late. Their original staff had all moved on and vendors had stopped doing business with the store. They decided to close the store, sell the property, and move away permanently. Last I heard, the son was in trouble with the IRS and his wife divorced him when she found him having sex with a stripper. Waffle_Maestro

26. Don't Metric with my bonus....


Changed up the metrics that determined people's bonuses. And included things that were important for the business to know, but completely beyond the control of the people who's bonuses were impacted.

For example, we had a "right party contact" rate -- how many times you actually got the person you were calling vs the number of calls you actually made. The problem was the phone number list came from elsewhere, and the people making the calls were just given a list of numbers, and you had to call them all. No leeway.

So you're calling blind from a list you don't control... and get penalized if the list is crap. Oddly enough, the people in charge of making the phone number lists, their bonuses were not influenced by right party contact rate. Astramancer_

25. Your mom would be disappointed.... 

Fired the girl who was in her third trimester of pregnancy three days before her maternity leave was to start. hisloyalconcubine

My wife was let go after she announced her pregnancy to her manager, and approximately when she would need maternity leave. She was told that they'd rather replace her than deal with a pregnant employee and all that goes with that.

A well worded letter from out attorney got her one year's severance, and two years medical coverage for her and the baby. Scrappy_Larue

24. The "Clique!"

Started firing people by lining two up at a time and seeing which one they prefer to keep on. Didn't matter if you were there for 20 years or 2. Also hiring management from outside and not promoting within which means the new managers have no knowledge of anything that company does in terms of ethics, procedures, or employee status. It has turned this 'clique' type environment into every person for themselves. Very toxic. 1oneself

23. Cherish your True Peeps.... 

Had a worker that worked herself silly for the job. Really loved the venue, loved the clients, loved the work so she would work after clocking off, take work home, go in on weekends. Really just go above and beyond always. We always got incredible feedback from clients and suppliers about her. In our contract it says we're entitled to a 5k raise after being employed for 3 years. At our yearly renewal (having been there for 3.5 years) she asked for the raise.

She was flat out told there was no room in the budget. She could have taken them to fair work commission but instead she just started looking for jobs. She left (got a great position in a great company and is loving it!). The guy they hired to replace her had a quarter of the experience, no love for the job and his annual salary was 10k higher. Most of us have since left and the place is falling to crap. teampocketrockettt

22. Mr. X


Casually said the best employee was X and everyone, including X, knew that X was among those who did the least amount of work.

Edit: X was the most friendly to the boss, always coming in to say "Hi, do you need anything?" hasslemind

21. Deep Breathes....

We were once in the middle of a very stressful period of work, and everyone was feeling it. However, one afternoon, an off-hand comment turned into a conversation that we all got involved with and led to a few laughs. My manager, returning from a meeting, piped up "Oh we've finished tomorrow's work, have we? What's all this about (insert subject matter)." Entire team instantly deflated.

Unnecessary. Every employee needs time to blow off a little steam. mrbasilthebrush

20. You're Mental...

Head of department realized that we weren't about to meet our targets for the financial year. Completely banned annual leave for 3 months, forced anyone who didn't fill in their timesheet on time to attend disciplinary meeting (despite problems with the system meaning that some didn't get filled in) and generally had lower management terrified, causing a massive blame culture and several people to be signed off with mental health issues.

In the end, the employee survey which went to his bosses was hilariously bad, and he's now somewhere else making some other people's lives a misery. The best part was when his replacement came in and fired his right hand man who was also an a**. heystopbanningme

19. Don't be soulless.... 

One of our senior employees asked for a raise because it had been a few years since he had had one and he was doing a great job. Management reviewed his file, realized they could pay one of the new guys half of the salary of experienced guy, fired senior guy, promoted junior dude. They weren't aware of the warehouse dynamic and soon found out that no one liked or wanted to work for or with junior guy, morale dropped a lot. A week later, senior guy committed suicide. Once the warehouse was informed/invited to the funeral, morale reaaalllly dropped and eventually junior guy became so ineffective trying to run the shop that he was fired and the next senior guy just kind of took over without management doing anything about it everything began to run as it had before senior guy was fired. Stazelney

18. No life allowed! 

In a very short span of time, they changed everyone's 401K plan (for worse) and then implemented an office wide cleanliness policy. No eating at your desk. Only 3 personal items on your desk. Everything labeled. No items other than your keyboard, mouse, and monitors on your desk at the end of the day.

Talk about pissed off. You could feel the gloom when you walked in. Everyone's give-a-sh***er broke at once. forman98



Large factory (Not Unionized). Each department clocks in at a different place, mainly that department's breakroom. My department clocked in across the facility from the main entrance, which meant it took about 15 minutes to walk from the front door to where you clocked in and out at, and another 5 to walk from that entrance to the parking lot. There was a side exit that we would use, however, that literally cut that walk down from 20 minutes to 3, since our department was right next to the parking lot.

Management decided that ALL employees must enter and exit through the SAME DOOR. Which meant we had to walk all the way down to the main entrance and then back around to our cars.

There was so much rebellion from the employees in our department that they had to bar the door shut with 2 x 4's. Jokes on them, even unionized employees can be a pain in the butt. We contacted the fire marshall, who upon seeing a fire exit barricaded, fined the company 8,000$

We still were not "allowed" to enter through this door, but they stopped trying to stop us. Lelentos

16. Are you Special?

To cut costs, they started a policy that only certain departments had internet access - it basically started a class system that bred resentment across departments, and caused an exodus from the non-internet teams. VictorBlimpmuscle

15. Fatigue for us all... 

For years I worked in a high stress, high turnover, low paying job doing caregiving for adults with developmental disabilities. These issues are typical in this field, and my company, like many, exploited salaried employees by expecting them to work 50-60 hours regularly and often more. I went months at a time working 70, 80, 90 hour weeks. I stayed through a lot of bull because I loved the folks I served.

Last year, corporate required all managers to attend a mandatory training about Caregiver Fatigue. It made it worse for me to have language to describe the fatigue and burnout I'd been experiencing for years.

Within the meeting, corporate acknowledged that they didn't pay us enough and that many employees we supervised were literally homeless, food insecure, or on the verge of it. But, "increased pay is not on the table right now so let's talk about other things we can do."

They crowdsourced this exhausted group of salaried workers, who suggested things like starting a company food pantry, a company clothing drive, and compiling lists of shelters in the area.

That meeting was so blood-boiling and infuriating to sit through that I made the decision that day it was time to finally get out. I worked my last day for that employer this summer.

I'm still looking for a full time job, and I'm trying to hold out for a company that values my work enough to pay me fairly. In an ideal world, this new company doesn't add insult to injury by mandating training about how to recognize tell-tale signs of being ready to snap.

Hopefully, when I've had some time to recover, I'll be able to come up with some lasting ways to change things in the caregiving industry. These systemic problems will only compound themselves as the baby boomers continue to age. armcandybean

14. Lost a Turn....

Removed COLA raises each year for all employees and implemented a "raise when promoted or take on more responsibility" model. However promotions are very rare and raises are never approved. So everyone is losing money to inflation each year and they tried to sell it as a big 'win' for the employees.

We aren't stupid people. somethingsome567

13. Mood. Killed. 

My boss is looking to retire in the next 3-4 years. He told everyone that he wanted us to come up our visions for the company and it's future over the next 5, 10, 20 years.

We're a small office of about a half dozen people but we've been growing and so everyone brought up growth projections and succession planning once he retires, etc.

His son is the heir apparent and has a precocious 8 year old so in my 20 year version I even included the grandson joining the business and grooming it to become a legacy company.

My boss went last and we were expecting something acknowledging some of our thoughts or at least an expression of appreciation that the company he founded would live on well past his retirement, be in good hands, etc.

Instead it was brutal and short. It was something along the lines of "I do everything around here anyway so I should just sell the company to fund my retirement and you can all find other companies to work for in a few years."

Mood killed. Meeting ended. jmarsh642

12. Don't mess with Fridays....

It was a one two punch.

The company wide meeting announced the promotion of several high level management and executives (mostly title and responsibility changes). Lots of smiles and handshakes, not unlike a college graduation ceremony.

After these promotion announcements, they declared that due to the stagnant economy and poor sales, the entire company would be experiencing a pay freeze as a result. So, no raises for anyone.

They then concluded the meeting by discontinuing "Casual Fridays." So, no more jeans on Friday. It almost felt like it was designed to make people want to quit and leave. It worked though, I and many others moved on to greener pastures within the year.


Edit: To answer some of the questions posed, but without sharing too much personal information, this was a mid sized manufacturing firm in the US around 2010. I moved on to what was the most lucrative job I have ever had as a result of this, so I don't hold any resentment, i just remember it utterly destroyed employee morale that day. If it was the ownership/management's plan to get people to quit, it was pretty stupid, as only the mobile and capable talent moved on, while those incapable of finding another job or the lifers (Who would probably stay on even if the company announced they planned to cut the oxygen supply to the building by 50% to save money) stayed on through it. I can understand the need for promotion to fill positions from vacancies, etc, I can understand the need to have a pay freeze (beats, layoffs right?), but doing the prior two right after each other and then saying, yeah, and no more casual Friday's just seemed really vindictive and malicious. If anything, they should have softened the blow of the pay freeze by saying casual Friday is now everyday, and people would have left the meeting at least neutral if not slightly hopeful. Mister_Relaxo

11. Well if you "PINKY" swear....

This was almost 20 years ago. I was the sole IT guy for a small privately owned research company, specialty was nanoscale doodads for government agencies, NASA, aerospace, that kinda stuff. Had about 80 employees at the time this happened.

We were given performance goals for the company as a whole (rather than individual goals) that if met would get us all a nice bonus. Goals were met. The week we were supposed to get the bonus we had an all hands meeting where the CEO and CFO explained that our bonuses could not be paid right now, but would be paid eventually (pinky swear!). That was a dent to morale for the company but not devastating.

Layoffs started a couple weeks after that, and continued in small batches every couple weeks. Rather than doing what needed to be done up front they just kept laying off a handful of people here and there. It really destroyed everyone's morale wondering who was going this week, who was going next week. Of course after a few of these everyone saw the writing on the wall and there wasn't any good morale left to speak of. By the time I found another job a few months later we were down to 30 some people. Never did get those bonuses.

Worked out for me though, went from 32k to 45k at the new job. And I got to metaphorically laugh in my bosses face when he offered to match that salary after he had turned down a $5K raise I asked for a couple months prior. UnknwnSoldier

10. I'm a mute. 

Banned smart phones in the break room to force us to talk to one another and build camaraderie.

Ends up we didn't like each other that much. laterdude

9. The Secrets Out! 

I worked at a dog daycare center as the assistant manager for a few months. We just started a training class so you would tell us what commands you would like us to teach your dog and we would pull them aside for 1 hour and teach that command with a certified trainer. The service usually cost an extra $45+ on top of your day care visit. Well our trainer quit unexpectedly and the owner asked myself and the other manager to step in as the trainers. We informed him that we did not have the proper certifications and our program promised the customers a certified trainer.

He then told us to bring them in for an hour and have the dog hang out with us in the office and he would tell the parents what they worked on for the day. Needless to say we refused to do so and we were blamed for being non-loyal good for nothing millennials. Well he received six two week notices within one week after I revealed this conversation with the employees. This place only had 10 employees in total. sk8erguysk8er

8. My Time is Valuable... 

Cancelled overtime.

I used to work as a helicopter mechanic for a company primarily in the oil patch. We'd do a 28 on, 14 off rotation in the middle of nowhere, getting up before dawn to prep the helicopter to be flying as soon as the sun came up, fly as needed all day until sundown and then tie down the machine. Typically the day was pretty easy in between, maybe three or four hours of flying so you'd refuel a couple times and take care of incidental stuff like making sure you had enough fuel or maybe going back to camp to grab hot lunches for yourself and the pilot. Overtime was paid out as straight time and the extra 0.5 was banked as paid vacation. It wasn't unusual to work double a standard week for the duration and it was the only thing that really made the travel and long shift rotation worthwhile.

Anyway, after I'd been with the company a few months, they announced that they weren't paying overtime any more except for rare special instances like staying up all night to do a 100 hour inspection. We were expected to basically work a split shift early morning and late evening, and spend the days just sitting in camp doing nothing.

I guess a lot of people were pretty pissed, but I didn't stick around for the fallout - gave my two week notice, which coincided with my two weeks of earned vacation, and said goodbye. el_muerte17

7. The Kill List!

Old folks home kitchen. Maybe 20 staff members. Boss declared we were too happy and made a new set of rules:

° there was to be absolutely no talking, laughing or jokes. The kitchen was to be silent because we were "distracting ourselves from work."

°anyone working less then 9 or 10 hour shifts were forbidden bathroom breaks. Going to the bathroom on a shift with less then 9 or 10 hours was a fireable offense. Permitted Bathroom breaks could not be on the clock. Your lunch must be used to use the bathroom. Lunch breaks were 15 minutes long.

°any communication with management was seen as inappropriate. Staff and management were to be kept separate at all times. (A manager slept with a staff member and it made a big deal. That's why this was made)

°you will not be paid overtime but will be expected to work. If you are to clock out by 8pm but are still needed you must clock out then return to work. Complaints to HR or labor board are fireable offenses. Yes people complained. Yes the place was investigated.

Ex boss was sued. Lost. Morale dropped. They have a hard time keeping employees now and from what I heard most of the new employees are high school students. Ex boss announced a sudden retirement for the end of the year and the kitchen will be taken over by all new people.

I jumped ship early on. Do NOT miss the place. RealAbstractSquidII

6. Make up your minds... 

New store manager took a store that was already operating at profit with happy employees and completely redid a bunch of policies. Where before we were all encouraged to help in any department if we were knowledgable and had time, people started getting written up for wandering too far from their own departments. Getting in trouble for taking overtime to finish assigned task lists in full before leaving, or getting in trouble for leaving on time without finishing the list. Being encouraged by one manager to take over time and they'd approve it then getting in trouble later because said manager never approved the overtime in our systems. Departments that once worked together on similar tasks now barred from helping each other unless directly instructed by management.

A deliveries department that wouldn't fully pick their orders for customers then blame the other departments for not having it available or generally leaving huge messes in those department, never cleaning up after themselves, and the other departments getting in trouble for it. The list goes on. It took about a year to just completely drain that stores morale. Nobody there cares anymore besides the fresh faces new hires because they don't know what it was like before. Voice_Box_1

5. Hope you Drown...


"No raises or bonuses this year due to company performance, but I will make it up to you by taking the whole company to the lake for a trip on my new 30ft boat" NotASucker

4. Where is your Loyalty?

City charter school, lots of community members in aide positions and they kept the school together. About 20 teachers and staff were purged on a Black Friday about a month out from the school year. They were not given letters to return the next year and the place went ballistic. Replacing almost half the staff when really, my principal didn't bother leaving his office and assessing the situations in the classrooms. Instead, he just fired teachers. I left after I was given an offer and he claimed I should "be more loyal to those who gave you an opportunity." Bro, my 4 years of college and teaching license gave me the opportunity, get out of here. DavidMaspanka

3. Un-Brotherly Love.... 

Business had been running for three years and many of the employees had been there from the beginning without getting a pay rise. After some requests the company announced that there would be a review of everyone's pay. Called in each worker to discuss.

Basically they had decided to pay every employee the same amount. This meant that a few got a raise, most stayed the same, and some (who had negotiated better at hiring) had their wages reduced.

Needless to say most employees were unhappy.

Two weeks later the three brothers who owned the business bought themselves two new cars and a second hand Rolls Royce. That was a real slap in the face. Partly_Dave

2. Take Priority.... 

So my SO just had this happen. Working in a call center, she was employee of the month--had some of their highest metrics, etc. She noticed she started getting back-to-back calls while everyone else was getting 15+ minutes of availability. Contacted her boss, her boss's boss, and was continually being reassured that the issue was getting looked into. Her being stressed and overworked went on for 3 months.

Eventually, she messaged the regional manager--and it was fixed the very next day. My acting theory is that one of her managers placed her into a priority queue to make their own stats look better.

But everything worked out, right? Nope. She got an email today stating that she wouldn't be getting her bonus because she was using ACW too much; it's a temporary state you can place yourself in which postpones you being placed into the call queue in order to finish up your work from the previous call. She literally had no choice because she got seconds between calls.

Funny thing? She saved documentation of everything. Threw her managers under the bus, quit, and got another job all in the same day. GhostCorps973

1. See you on YELP Grafton Street... and Ashley! 

I worked at a restaurant with a shit tipped minimum-- $2.63 an hour. We'd be penalized for being even 5 minutes late so lots of us showed up 20-30 min early to make sure we'd avoid the penalty (this is Boston, so that was an appropriate gamble, I've gotten stuck on the T for 10-20 min on NUMEROUS occasions), and we'd just get right to work-- and there's plenty to do when opening a big restaurant.

So we'd clock in and start working-- no one was clocking in and failing to work. In fact I liked getting there early because the kitchen would get up to 113, most of the morning prep occurred in the kitchen and was fairly rigorous, we didn't really air condition and had to wear long sleeved shirts and pants. So I could knock everything out in a tank and shorts, change into my uniform, and not start my shift a sweaty mess.


The manager gave us a big lecture about how it adds up, even if it IS only $2.63 an hour. She made a new rule that we couldn't clock in more than 10 minutes before our shift began, EVEN IF WE WERE WORKING. By the way, that's a 15-minute window of appropriate clocking in time, in Boston, with a notoriously unreliably public transportation system, crazy weather, and over-clogged roads.

F**k Grafton Street and f**k you, Ashley. ConsistentSpot

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