All posts by Melinda Longoria, MSM

Author - Masters of Science in Business Management with Leadership studies from Texas A&M University.

Entire Staff Quits in Middle of Back to School over Treatment by Bad Boss USA, LLC

Entire Staff Quits in Middle of Back to School over Treatment by Bad Boss


Note by entire staff is placed on the closed shop entrance expressing their concerns that humanity seems to be in short supply with this bad boss (the District Manager):

“Dear Jamie,

Since you decided to say “cancer is not an excuse” and think it’s ok to swear at your employees like you do ALL the time… WE QUIT. *THIS is why you can’t keep a store manager longer than a year. YOU ABUSE your roll AND staff. ENJOY the fact that you lost a store manager, co-manager, and key holder in the middle of Back to School. THINK next time you treat people the way you do.


Niki, Jess, TJ”

According to a first hand account, there were two stores involved in this dispute, both with employees dealing with issues about cancer (either by family or personally). At the first store, in another local mall, the District Manager set a rule that all the managers and co-managers had to work open to close all week. They would get one day off, which the District Managers got to choose. One manager at the other store had cancer and her chemo treatment appointments were set up ahead of time; but her 40 hours for that week were already set. The District Manager told her to change her hours but, given that her appointments were set, she couldn’t change her schedule.

This is when the District Manager responded “cancer isn’t an excuse”. At the second store (this particular one above), one manager received the same call about hours and an employee whose mom has cancer had the same problem. She needed the time off to driver her mom to chemo appointments but when requesting the time off, she received the same answer that the manager at the other store experienced, “cancer isn’t an excuse”.

The employees were fed up with being treated like this so the managers, co-managers, and key holders at both stores just quit right on the spot. There’s obviously more details to the story, but apparently the issue with cancer and missing chemo treatments was enough to set this group off.


It got REAL when they decided to use different colored markers. This is why you should respect your employees. What do you think about this? Leave your comments below.

Employee Quits Her Job Worst Way Possible – Her Boss Responds Way Worse USA, LLC

Letter of Resignation Cake – How to Quit Like a Boss

Letter of Resignation Cake

Letter of Resignation Cake

W. Neil Berrett gave his two week’s notice of his intent to resign on a cake. The letter was written in frosting on a full sheet sized cake. Berrett says the cake was delicious and it was well received.

The resignation letter reads…

“Dear Mr. Bowers,

During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.


W. Neil berrett”

Berrett did submit a paper resignation letter. He says, it’s hard to file away a cake. What do you think about this letter of resignation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Boss-Haters Unite! (Joke)

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Boss-Haters Unite! (Joke)

Ok, let’s get real. Why would you unite with boss-haters? We’ve all worked for a bad boss at one time or another. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, approximately two million Americans quit their job every month due to a bad boss. Most managers fail because of lacking people skills and poor communication.

But, are you a boss-hater?

At we don’t hate “bosses” in general. Not all bosses are bad. In fact, we regularly outline bosses who deserve the title of “Great Boss”! But, we do hate BAD BOSSES who practice poor leadership, bringing frustration, exasperation, and havoc to the workplace. So, don’t be a chronic “Boss-Hater”. We can learn things from every boss that we’ve had, whether good or bad. Boss-haters can be bad for the organization. So, what is a boss-hater?

Jack Welch, executive chairman at the Jack Welch Management Institute, published an article on LinkedIn, “Are you a Boss-Hater?“, in which he encouraged readers to take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves if they might just be a breed of boss-hater that has a gloomy view of the working world. He recommends thinking of a boss that you’ve personally encountered who didn’t have a problem. If you are not able to think of a single boss, then the problem might be that you’re a boss-hater and you should therefore work on opening up your mind.

You might be a boss-hater if…

  • You think that “everyone is dumb but you”.
  • You feel that you are a noble victim, speaking truth to power.
  • No matter who you work for, you hate every boss.
  • You feel the system and organization’s flaws are always at fault.
  • You are not able to find value in anyone above you.

Maybe you are not a boss-hater. You simply have a Bad Boss in your current position. There are three things that you can do about that trying situation. Leave the job, change the circumstances, or accept and adapt to the situation.

Stay clear of boss-haters in the workplace, because they usually are drawn together and united by their boss-hating attitudes. There are better ways to engage in the workplace than creating more negative than positive results. The organization may catch wind of the disgruntled group, and your boss may even try to retaliate. Don’t make yourself and those around you miserable by being, or uniting with a boss-hater.

What if you have a boss-hater working in your department or on your team? Mary Abbajay, president and co-founder of the Careerstone Group, recommends that you confront the individual. Identify the source of his or her problem. Do they hate you, or is it all bosses? If they hate all bosses, they are a boss-hater. Work on building a better and more constructive relationship with the employee. If you can not find a solution, consider letting the negative employee go. And, if the employee just has a problem with you, identify ways that you can correct your own behavior.

Even though a boss may have earned their position, that fact does not make them a good boss. According to Dr. Marla Gottschalk, practice manager, organizational development, at Rand Gottschalk, a manager with deep technical expertise is not what’s important to be a good manager. “Great managers don’t simply manage the numbers – they coach, clarify goals, provide feedback, align work with our strengths and inspire. …They express real concern for their team, have open conversations and are willing to provide ongoing support.”

Let’s strive to appreciate good managers and BE GREAT BOSSES!

Recommended Reading:

The Top 10 Reasons People Hate Their Boss by Rick Conlow


Disclaimer: Boss-haters do exist in the workplace. However, working for a bad boss is quite draining. Do you have an experience working with a real bad boss? Tell us about it HERE.

Great Boss Award: Boss Pays for Workers to RELAX!

relax workGreat Boss Award: Boss Pays for Workers to RELAX!

A great boss pays for his workers to Relax! No, this is not a joke. Normally, an employee relaxing on the job is labeled as a slacker. Someone who gains an eyebrow lift from any rational boss who discourages slacking on his watch. Slacking has become increasingly worse in recent years due to social media. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Amazon are the top three sites which employees use for personal reasons while on the clock.

Some other ways that employees slack are by conducting excessive meetings, interacting with co-workers, participating in office politics, and surfing the internet, among others. According to Cheryl Connor, with Forbes Magazine, the number one reason why employees slack is because they do not feel challenged enough in their job. The second reason, according to Forbes, is that they work too many hours. So maybe this great boss is onto something by giving his employees some needed time to relax…

 Attract the best Employees by being the best Employer.Lee Wenyong

At Lee Wenyong & Co, an analytics firm in Malaysia, one great boss, Max Lee, encourages employees to do just that: RELAX and REST DURING WORK HOURS! Mr. Lee rents office buildings and public libraries across Singapore for about $1200 per month. He allows his 22 employees to use these facilities with access to free Wi-Fi and refreshments located in the business lounges.

Le Wenyong & Co, specializes in “analyzing business and HR data from small and medium-sized enterprises, and rolling out plans to boost their profits” – Malaysia Chronicle. Targets are based on projects with employees being responsible to meet deadlines.

In an attempt to prevent his workers from leaving his company, he is incredibly supportive of his worker’s relaxation or pursuit of their own personal hobbies using the facilities which he pays for. Quite a few of his employees have gladly accepted his offer and are thankful for the opportunity. Activities range anywhere from composing lyrics to hip hop songs to practicing magic tricks.

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How has this impacted the company? Employees respect Max Lee for allowing and trusting them to balance their work-life and therefore are feeling motivated to meet their work goals. Many are expressing their loyalty to the company because of the provisions and rare opportunity. The company has successfully boosted productivity, maximized creativity, and ensured the retention of high performers. The bosses at Lee Wenyong & Co are responsible for their department outcomes; not behaviors.

According to Lee Wenyong & Co, because “people spend so much time and work, there’s no harm injecting leisure at work. It’s about employers learning to trust their high performing employees” – Lee Wenyong & Co.

This article source and first appeared on Malaysia Chronical.

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