They say there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’. But some people are selfish, shortsighted, and seem keen to ruin everyone’s day for their own pleasure or gain. Naturally, we call these people jerks. While unpleasant to deal with, your average, run-of-the-mill jerk isn’t usually someone to fear. Not so if they’re your boss.

Good bosses are a godsend, but bad bosses make you pray for divine intervention. Even worse than merely incompetent managers are bosses who love being jerks. Jerk bosses are by far the crème de la crème of all possible types of the species known as jerks.

Bored Panda made this list of the greatest examples of bosses acting like jerks, so you can feel a bit happier about working at your current job, in comparison. So go make yourself some popcorn, grab yourself a drink, and scroll down. Upvote your fave jerk boss stories and let us know if something similar has ever happened to you! Be sure to take a look at Bored Panda’s other stories about jerk bosses, regular everyday jerks, and the vast differences between leaders and bosses.

#1

So My Boss Calls Me To A Meeting On My Day Off, Then Asks Me To Arrange The Meeting Room

So My Boss Calls Me To A Meeting On My Day Off, Then Asks Me To Arrange The Meeting Room

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Demonic cow
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1 year ago

It’s fitting, the boss sounds like a total dick.

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#2

After Receiving A $50 Gift Card For Walmart As A Christmas Gift From My Boss, I Was Happy Until I Saw That It Had Been Deducted From My Paycheck

After Receiving A $50 Gift Card For Walmart As A Christmas Gift From My Boss, I Was Happy Until I Saw That It Had Been Deducted From My Paycheck

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wandile dludlu
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1 year ago

They are counting on you not looking at your pay slip

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Your mom probably told you to stay away from jerks when you were a kid. However, when we’re all grown up, we can’t always choose our colleagues (and especially not our bosses), as we choose our friends. I’m sure that at one point or another we’ve all met jerks that made us grit our teeth, put on a fake smile and pretend like everything’s just peachy. When all we really wanted to do was Sparta Kick them into a volcano as a sacrifice to the venerable Flying Spaghetti Monster.

#3

Artists At My Local Tattoo Shop Left This For Their Boss After Finding A Motion Detector That Records Video In The Unisex BR

Artists At My Local Tattoo Shop Left This For Their Boss After Finding A Motion Detector That Records Video In The Unisex BR

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

That is definitely a police matter if that is indeed true.

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#4

My Boss Said "No" Too Many Times. He Forced My Hand. I Quit! Now While He's Miserable. My Feet Are In The Sand. F Him

My Boss Said "No" Too Many Times. He Forced My Hand. I Quit! Now While He's Miserable. My Feet Are In The Sand. F Him

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Enuya
Community Member
1 year ago

Good for you. Although having this kind of conversation via text messages seems a bit childish and unprofessional.

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Ohio State University researcher Bennett Tepper explained to the Harvard Business Review that “if your boss is hostile toward you, you are going to be less satisfied with your job, less committed to the work. You are more likely to experience psychological distress. We know that performance suffers; we know that people are less helpful when their boss is hostile toward them.” So far, so good.

#5

My Coworker Went All Wet Seal On Our Boss Today

My Coworker Went All Wet Seal On Our Boss Today

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Cassim_D
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1 year ago

I wonder how he became a boss in the first place, this is pathetic

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#6

So I Bring A Pecan Pie To Work. By Noon It Was Missing. Found It A Few Hours Later In My Boss's Office

So I Bring A Pecan Pie To Work. By Noon It Was Missing. Found It A Few Hours Later In My Boss's Office

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Cassim_D
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1 year ago

what an ass****

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“I have found no upside whatsoever to a boss being hostile, even though there is a lay belief out there that if you kind of kick people a little bit, maybe you can get them motivated. We never seem to find evidence of that,” Tepper revealed how aggressive behavior isn’t too great for inspiring folks to work harder.

#7

Secret Recording Device Under Break Room Table At Work

Secret Recording Device Under Break Room Table At Work

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Enuya
Community Member
1 year ago

Is is even legal? I hope you reported this...

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#8

One Of A Seemingly Endless Series Of Unreasonable Notes Left By My Boss. It’s Great Here

One Of A Seemingly Endless Series Of Unreasonable Notes Left By My Boss. It’s Great Here

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

they might start charging for water and toilet paper next

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Tepper and his colleagues checked whether acting aggressively right back at a hostile boss would yield any positive results. Are you ready for the shocking news? No, acting like a jerk to your jerk boss doesn’t create anything of value for you, nor for anyone else. The old adage that two wrongs don’t make a right is absolutely correct. Only, in this case, two jerks don’t make a warm and supportive work environment.

#9

Our Boss Doesn't Let Us Take Any Home!

Our Boss Doesn't Let Us Take Any Home!

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a catastrophe of epic proportions, no pizza should ever have to endure such suffering

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#10

This Structural Pole My Boss Refuses To Fix

This Structural Pole My Boss Refuses To Fix

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chi-wei shen
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1 year ago

There are laws regarding the structural safety of buildings. Notify the proper authorities.

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Far from everyone has the luxury of quitting their jobs at the drop of a hat. That means that for quite a number of different possible reasons, some people are stuck working for bosses they otherwise wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. What can you do to survive if you’re in such a situation? Sometimes, a change in perspective can help. Thrive Global proposes learning all you can from your boss, doing the best work you can, and taking responsibility for your own happiness.

#11

When Your Good Service Rewards Only Your Boss

When Your Good Service Rewards Only Your Boss

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

Greed

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#12

Shift Manager At My Work Was Just Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Our Store Manager Put This Sign Out A Week Later

Shift Manager At My Work Was Just Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Our Store Manager Put This Sign Out A Week Later

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Wow that's fucking cold! Hopefully the shift manager ends up hiring his very own replacement.

Jo Bebe
Community Member
1 year ago

I personally think this is just business and unfortunately business doesn't have anything to do with personal issues or feelings. It's just a job and it needs filled

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

No words for this boss, im in shock

Claire Mellusco
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow that’s basically saying ‘hey if you’re lucky the guy will die and then you can have his job permanently’ I’d be taking that to HR!

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

To me it says “We’re firing the person who had the nerve to get cancer.”

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Linda Adamo
Community Member
1 year ago

while I was out on medical leave being treated for cancer, my boss divided up my job. when I told him I was ready to come back, he fired me.

Susan
Community Member
1 year ago

So sorry you had to go through that. I hope you know it's a blessing that you no longer have to give your time and energy to such terrible people.

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Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 year ago

Proof that some bosses make sure that your dark clouds have even darker linings.

Valereee
Community Member
1 year ago

How heartless !!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

The boss is waiting on a soul transplant.

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
1 year ago

when my deceased friend was diagnosd with cancer and doctors told him he dont have much chance to be there more than a year, he quit job and go traveled across the world.

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
1 year ago

I see it as 'We need somebody to work temporary as manager and if he cannot return, will quit (or die) you may have it for good.' It might look bit cold but if manager will be out for month or longer, you cannot force other managers to take overtimes. Well, you can but this way you have a backup plan.

Slick
Community Member
1 year ago

It might seem harsh but someones got to do the job so, I can understand.

Claire Mellusco
Community Member
1 year ago

Advertising to cover his role while he’s sick is understandable, implying on a poster for all to de that he might die and leave the position vacant is not!

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Kikka io
Community Member
1 year ago

but what a piece of shit. how to do something like that to a worker, who has such a serious problem. such a person should be fired on the spot

Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't have a problem until "could turn into a full time position". I mean, they have to get their ducks in a row, but that was 100% unnecessary.

Rhon
Community Member
1 year ago

Sad!

Colleen Garland
Community Member
2 months ago

Where do I sign Up!!!

Lucy Shupe
Community Member
1 year ago

On the other hand my little brother who was just weeks short of dying (though he didn’t know that at the time.), was allowed to sit in the office(at a coal mine). His bosses did this and let it count as hours worked so he could keep his insurance.

Christopher Dixon
Community Member
1 year ago

I like how it says this could turn into a full time position (pending current manager losing his battle). At least the boss is covering his ass...which must be hard to do given that he is one giant one.

Ginette Rochon
Community Member
1 year ago

What about compassion!!!!

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
1 year ago

This is sick !!

Aneese
Community Member
1 year ago

Before judging it would be a great idea to find out if the shift manager approved of it. If this was me, and I was the shift manager, I would have been the one suggesting it!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 year ago

The best for your shift manager, the worst for your store manager. Indeed.

Carol Ruden
Community Member
1 year ago

How insensitive 😡

Kathy Conley
Community Member
1 year ago

That is disgusting! What a TOTAL ASS HOLE!!!

Flibbel's Follies
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do I feel the name that was redacted is Dick?

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
1 year ago

Would be putting in my notice... could be you next, what an asshole boss.

Ms E
Community Member
1 year ago

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago

If this is in America then I can see a law suit on the way

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
1 year ago

Nasty.

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the worst.

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
1 year ago

Ouch. :/

Lavendar rose
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Really nice, you shit!!! OMG!!! No compassion or empathy!!!!

Howard White
Community Member
1 year ago

COLON CANCER IS VERY TREATABLE IN IT'S EARLY STAGES !

Morgan Short
Community Member
1 year ago

Damn...

Cindy Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

Ouch

Vickie Browning
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW!

James The Zelda Geek (Idiocy Bothers Me)
Community Member
1 year ago

Goodness he has no heart.

Rachael Kennedy
Community Member
1 year ago

wow :O I mean they realise ppl do survive cancer right ? hell I worked in a dept store and had 4 x cancers from bowel / spleen / overian and cervical and was having chemo once a week (double chemo every 3 weeks) and still working why offer his job ?? like unless hes stuck bed ridden or in the hospital thats cold

Margaret Jenkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Total lack of sensitivity

EVERLEIGH
Community Member
1 year ago

What a fucking terd of a boss!! I can't believe it would do this!

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

No tack what so ever

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

This shift manager is definitely missing a sensitivity chip.

SH Kaiser
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t wish bad things on people but........

Slick
Community Member
1 year ago

..on hold indefinitely.

Melvin Dragvelk
Community Member
1 year ago

Why is this one here? Should a company not hire someone to fill the position of a person who has probably told them he would need an extended time off? And maybe the guy even said it was likely he would not return to work.

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
1 year ago

It does say temporary. Who will do the poor mans twork untill hopefully he returns.

OdangaUsagi
Community Member
1 year ago

"No one wants to work these shifts and we don't really want to give you a promotion, so swing shift?"

Baby panda🥰
Community Member
1 year ago

The shift manager can still work if he want til he gets to ill to

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Meanwhile, the BBC suggests you meditate at the office every day and watch the stress go away. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with life, take a few deep breaths, go for a walk, cuddle a doggo, and remember all the wonderful things in life you’re grateful for. Keep calm and carry on, my friends!

#13

Boss Didn't Like The Color Of The Chairs In The Break Room. So Now We Just Don't Have Chairs

Boss Didn't Like The Color Of The Chairs In The Break Room. So Now We Just Don't Have Chairs

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

Fun Times

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#14

My Boss Installed An IP Camera At The Store To Spy On Us When He's Away. I Retaliated With This Rig

My Boss Installed An IP Camera At The Store To Spy On Us When He's Away. I Retaliated With This Rig

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think Spy is the right way if that camera is facing what looks like a shop. I think he is justified here

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#15

My Boss Was Deathly Serious When He Posted This. Looks Like I'm Spending Some Quality Time At Work This Year

My Boss Was Deathly Serious When He Posted This. Looks Like I'm Spending Some Quality Time At Work This Year

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because you have no life doesn't mean your employees don't!! I hate bosses like that

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#16

Quit My Job Yesterday Because I Was Tired Of The Unprofessional Environment - Got This Text From My Supervisor Today

Quit My Job Yesterday Because I Was Tired Of The Unprofessional Environment - Got This Text From My Supervisor Today

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Shoulda replied "totally...." and then never showed..

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#17

This Is The Drinking Water Filter At My Work. It's Been Getting Darker By The Day But My Boss Insists It's Doing Its Job Still

This Is The Drinking Water Filter At My Work. It's Been Getting Darker By The Day But My Boss Insists It's Doing Its Job Still

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

So you're bringing your own drinks right?

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#18

Leave Work For One Day And My Boss Replaced My Large Monitor That I Use To Make Prototype Models And Engravings On Products With This Tiny One

Leave Work For One Day And My Boss Replaced My Large Monitor That I Use To Make Prototype Models And Engravings On Products With This Tiny One

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

your boss is a coward

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#19

My Brothers GF Sent Him This From Her Workplace, This Is What Her Boss Posted

My Brothers GF Sent Him This From Her Workplace, This Is What Her Boss Posted

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Demonic cow
Community Member
1 year ago

You can only notice this if you’ve been staring at employees asses. And is so creepy to ask someone to change their underwear so their butt looks better.

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#20

Came To Work To Find That My Boss Threw Away Everyone’s Desks And Replaced Them With Dressers, A Sheet Of Glass, And Saddle Chairs

Came To Work To Find That My Boss Threw Away Everyone’s Desks And Replaced Them With Dressers, A Sheet Of Glass, And Saddle Chairs

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

But yeah that's a safety violation, sometimes gonna lean on it just right and lose a foot.

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#21

My Boss Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Play Drag Racing. On His iPad. While Driving A Truck. On The Highway

My Boss Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Play Drag Racing. On His iPad. While Driving A Truck. On The Highway

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd have told him to pull over and let me drive or let me out

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#22

The Way My Boss Asked Me To Order Her More Pens Like This One. I'm Sure She's Just Bluffing.......

The Way My Boss Asked Me To Order Her More Pens Like This One. I'm Sure She's Just Bluffing.......

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Order a literal TON like a metric ton of those pens.

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#23

My Christmas Gift From My Boss. Fortune 500 Company. No Christmas Bonus, Post It Notes, 2 Pieces Of Chocolate, Pen, Jeans One Day

My Christmas Gift From My Boss. Fortune 500 Company. No Christmas Bonus, Post It Notes, 2 Pieces Of Chocolate, Pen, Jeans One Day

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

you must be so excited for jeans day

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#24

Work For Multimillion Dollar Company. Employer Refuses To Pay For Drinking Water. Group Of Employees Decides To Pitch-In And Pay

Work For Multimillion Dollar Company. Employer Refuses To Pay For Drinking Water. Group Of Employees Decides To Pitch-In And Pay

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

For those who don't know, FPL is a Floridian electric company. The boss is saying "I don't have to give you $5 because you're using my electricity for this."

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#25

The Temperature My Boss Keeps The Office At

The Temperature My Boss Keeps The Office At

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

you work in hell?

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#26

If You Park Like This... You Are My Boss, So I Can't Say Anything

If You Park Like This... You Are My Boss, So I Can't Say Anything

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Go secretly call yalls tow service

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#27

Complained To My Boss And Received This Minutes Later

Complained To My Boss And Received This Minutes Later

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Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

I think this is funny if you have a good realationship to your boss. But it also can be a dickmove if he is a dick.

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#28

My Boss Ordered A Box Of 6000 Pepper Packets Instead Of A Shaker, So Now I Get To Spend My Saturday Cutting Open Packets For Our Burger Seasoning

My Boss Ordered A Box Of 6000 Pepper Packets Instead Of A Shaker, So Now I Get To Spend My Saturday Cutting Open Packets For Our Burger Seasoning

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It'd be cheaper for them to order a huge industrial sized jar of pepper. Oh not to mention smarter but we see your boss is a full crayons short of a full box.

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#29

The Six Pack Of Macarons Cost More Than Six Individual Ones. "You Weren't Supposed To Notice" Is What The Manager Working Told Me

The Six Pack Of Macarons Cost More Than Six Individual Ones. "You Weren't Supposed To Notice" Is What The Manager Working Told Me

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Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Also $ 2.80 x 12 = $ 33 .60

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#30

My Boss Wears His $50,000 Green Diamond Ring To Work, Laying Asphalt

My Boss Wears His $50,000 Green Diamond Ring To Work, Laying Asphalt

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

It's probably fake

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