Don't be like these nightmare employees!
It’s easy to forget that being a boss is about more than hiring and firing. Tons of things go into building and managing a good team and often your success as a manager boils down to your ability work and communicate with your employees to get the job done… and no matter how good you are at your job, sometimes your employees just don’t get it!
If you’ve never had anyone report to you at work, these horror stories might give you a taste of just how frustrating it can be―or, you know, scare you off of management forever.
The one that had to be repeatedly sent home to shower and change. (Sixad)
The worst employee you can have is one that doesn’t do anything egregious enough to fire, but manages to make every single workday that much more aggravating.
The worst guy had an attention span of a gnat. You had to write down instructions for everything, even tasks he’d done a million times before, and check in on him every 15 minutes or so. And yet, given these parameters, he’d complete perfect work.
Every year during performance reviews, we’d argue about whether or not to keep him on. And every year, we’d keep him on, because the devil you know… I mean, at least we knew how to manage him, and he was manageable. (8337)
The company I work for is pretty hard to get into, even if you have an impressive resume or an awesome reference. Unfortunately we had a new client. In 1 quarter his business would keep our lights on for about 10 years. He asked if his cousin or “little nephew” could have an entry level position at our company and we reluctantly said yes.
The kid surfed the web all day looking at cars to buy. Whenever we’d ask him if he completed a task he’d either lie to us and say he did or say he didn’t know how to do it and didn’t want to bother any of us for help. Then he brought in all of his gaming systems into the conference room saying that clients could play them while they waited. Which would have been nice but he played games in the conference room all day. So it came to a point where we gave him the least amount of work to do (ordering paper, delivering lunch, etc).
Two years later the client comes to us and says that he’s going to have his nephew handle the work he was giving us for him / helping him start his own consulting firm. Apparently the kid lied like no other making his uncle believe that he was helping run our company.
3 months later he came back to us for our business. Nephew tried hiring a consulting firm to the side to do his work so he could play Sonic the Hedgehog all day. (SpaceCampRejects)