19 Employees Reveal How Their Bosses Ruined Company Morale

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No matter how much you love your job (hopefully, it’s a lot!), there are some days when it can be hard to get out of bed and head into the office yet again.

Of course, this is even worse if your boss does something asinine or mean-spirited and completely demolishes employee morale.

Ever had that happen?

A recent AskReddit thread asked people to share the stories behind times their employer did something that destroyed company morale. Depending on how you feel about your own employment situation, their stories might make you feel angry. Or at the very least, not alone!

Goodbye, Sharon.

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 had a way to cheer me up and send me home on a higher note. I know I’m not the only one either. A few weeks back, our work implemented a new policy to “cut down on trash usage.” We’re 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 was so they could cut down on cost (the cleaning crew). Sad to say that I haven’t seen Sharon since.schimsl

Saw that one coming.

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

That’s a bold move.

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.zomgitsduke

Nothing like some salt in the wound!

Management 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 sh*tty way to take a hit at upset employees rather than do anything positive.wild_flower87 This next story is almost unbelievable.

What scumbags!

First, they bought a manufacturing plant. Then they fired everyone. Then they tried to hire them back for $2 less.ActualWhiterabbit

What was the thinking there?

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

Excuuuuse me?

I told the hiring manager that I was disappointed in one of his hires because he knew literally NOTHING about our job. I 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.backstagestitches

Cool cool cool coooooool.

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.DentedAnvil

Pretty sure this is torture.

They banned phones, electronics, puzzles, books, etc. from being used at your desk. I work at a call center. We were expected to just sit and wait for the next call to come in “distraction-free,” even if it was a super slow day.forever_a10ne This next story involves Miami, bartenders, and a boss who has no idea how the world works.

Something tells me this wasn’t really worth it.

I worked at a club in Miami, and the owner was out of his mind. When the housing market crashed, people were obviously spending far less going out, but he insisted we were all stealing. 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.MsPennyLoaf

Never get between teachers and coffee.

Former teacher. The administrators 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 percent 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.Son_of_Leeds

Nice try.

My boss 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.ohboythisisit

Didn’t really think that one through.

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.Emersonson

Great first impression!

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’s schedule that was completely different than it had been under the previous manager, got a bunch of complaints from people saying they couldn’t work x days or y times and it SEEMED like he was receptive since he took that schedule down. Then suddenly BAM, he just reposted the same exact schedule and said f**k everyone.Paranitis This next story will make your blood boil.

What a ripoff!

They 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.TRAMAPOLEEN

What could go wrong?

I worked in an airplane factory. The manager started rationing gloves, hairnets, masks, and trash bags at the same time we had to go on a 12×6 workweek, like that was gonna make up for the increase in labor.FeralGoatMonster


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 closing. I work in a meat department, so this meant taking apart and cleaning 2 meat grinders, and a band saw that was covered with meat goop.woollydogs


We were a company of 6 people. In a meeting, the owner said that his two sales guys were irreplaceable and that the rest of us were “just paper pushers.”zeeker1985

Sounds like a classy place!

They started firing people by lining two up at a time and seeing which one they preferred 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 meant the new managers had no knowledge of anything that the company did in terms of ethics, procedures, or employee status. It turned this ‘clique’ type environment into every person for themselves. Very toxic.1oneself Share this with someone who GETS IT.