Workplace horror stories That’ll Make You “WTF”
Workplace Horror Stories That’ll Make You Say, “WTF”, what a great topic, lets you know what others are going through! These workplace enquires were made via the NBC web site. However at A Whole New Approach P/L we get similar statements as enquires relating to anything and everything. The enquires regarding COVID-19, and vaccinations frankly in many cases are bizarre. Having stated that, these are trying and unprecedented times.
Unfair dismissals, particularly in Victoria and NSW, are on the increase
Unfair dismissals, particularly in Victoria and NSW, are on the increase, certainly since the ending of the lockdowns were announced. Many employees are being dismissed in the probation period, before there was a higher level of tolerance by the employer, not any more in these challenging times. Then of course you have a large number of dismissals due to employees not being vaccinated. A new phenomena of employees who are working from home who now won’t go back to work in the office or factory.
Here are a selection of the most jaw-dropping enquiries :
“A colleague stole my spicy food, got sick, and is blaming me, I’m worried I will get the sack””
“Low performers in my office are parade around and forced to wear dunce caps.”
“Is the work atmosphere I’ve created on my team too exclusive?”
“I walked in on my employees having sex and now I think there’s an office sex club.”
“My coworker wants us to call her boyfriend her ‘master, and I will be dismissed if I don’t”
“I racked up $20,000 in personal debt on a company credit card.”
“Employee won’t come back unless her coworker is fired.”
“Employee got her colleague arrested for smoking pot at a conference and now wants a transfer.”
“My best employee quit on the spot because I wouldn’t let her go to her college graduation.”
“My manager shows up while I’m having chemotherapy to talk about work.”
“Our boss will fire us if we don’t sign up to be a liver donor for his brother.”
Workplace list continues
“My boss wants me to paint his house in the holidays”
“My supervisor stole a family heirloom from me and gave it as a gift to someone else.”
“I’m in trouble for what I wore when my boss made me pick him up from the airport in the middle of the night.”
“The coworker tickled another coworker, and now there is chaos”
“My anxiety is causing problems at work, I think I’m being stalked now.”
“The Employer made me leave a work noted at the grave of my bereaved coworker’s relative.”
“My coworker responds to everything I ask him to do with profanity and ‘your dad’ jokes.”
“I emailed my girlfriend’s boss to complain that he encroached on our relationship.”
“My employees refuse to call their coworker by her real name.”
“Employee drew genitalia on an trainees cast.”
“My boss enlists me in hiding his multiple affairs from his wife.”
“CEO’s wife ruined my job prospects.”
“I accidently insulted my boss’s daughter. “I have to look after my employer’s dog and cat while he is on holidays. Now I have to buy the food.”, “if I get terminated, can I get the dog food money back”
“I donated a kidney to my boss, I’m sick for a long time as a consequence and now he has sacked me for not turning up”
(this is not made up, google it).
Life in the workplace can be difficult
Workplace horror stories That’ll Make You “WTF” indicates life in the workplace can be difficult for both the employee and the employer from time to time, human beings are social animals, we like to mix, usually in like minded groups, hence religions, sporting clubs, hobby groups, the list is endless.
Workplaces are different, in it throws, individual together in groups from various backgrounds, social originals, etc. And no not everybody gets on. It certainly requires a degree of flexibility and understanding towards each other, but how far to you go in putting up with weird, strange behaviors from co workers or your employer is the question.
People in many workplaces are recruited for their skill sets, their problem solving abilities, the ability to work hard. Not necessarily their social skills, yet workplaces demand we all put up with each other for up to 10 hours a day. We all have to learn coping skills, we don’t want to end up dismissed over some fool of a fellow employee. Not sure what to do?, how to react? Give us a call, 120,000 enquires to our web sites each month, thousands of phone calls we take, happy to help, we keep the conversations, real, we keep them honest, we keep them confidential.
Conclusion to Workplace horror stories
Have a horror story, your welcome to send it though, it may assist other employees that they are not alone. Suffering in silence is no good for anybody, speak up, call us, you have employee rights. We have noticed a trend on social media, where employees ventilate their frustrations about the workplace. However are then dismissed for “outing” the employer on social media, be careful.
The concern with this approach is then there is permanent record for what you are commenting on about your employer and colleagues. An example can you go online and express your frustrations because your boss is a anti vacc’er. Tell the world how your stuck with looking after the employers dog, and its toileting habits in the office. Be careful what you go to print on, otherwise you may end up the people are saying “WTF” about.
An article to read on Pets in the workplace, (running over the bosses pet) click here
Employee and the pet’s ashes
Even when the employer went on holidays. The employee was forced by the employer to take the dog to the vet’s and have them put down. Then had to go back and get the ashes. Why did the employee comply? The employee was worried about being dismissed. Also the employer would cry and the employee felt sorry for them. They ended up coming to A Whole New Approach P/L as they felt emotionally drained and realized they had been taken advantage of, for no extra pay.
Looking after the employers pets and children, particularly in small business is not uncommon. Its not part of your job description, nor should it be. Employees are used up as cheap nannies. Employees getting caught in nasty employer divorces, having to choose sides when working for husband and wife run businesses is unfair and can be traumatizing.
Workplace horror stories That’ll Make You “WTF”
I hope Workplace horror stories That’ll Make You “WTF”, held some interest for you. We are A Whole New Approach P/L, we are not lawyers but one of Australia’s leading workplace advisory and representative companies. Fair work Australia and Fair work Commission matters, including unfair dismissals, general protections, workplace investigations, forced to resign issues amongst the topics that we specialize in.
If its in the workplace, we will help you. Advice is free, take advantage of this, give is a call, 1800 333 666
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