Any boss can make their employees’ lives heaven or hell, depending on what they’re like as a person and how they manage their people. Unfortunately, the world’s full of truly awful bosses. They think that the word ‘leadership’ doesn’t apply to them. Instead of inspiring and motivating their workers, they patronize, insult, and micromanage them. And any and all respect goes flying out the window.

One way that managers reveal their true feelings, and their deep disdain for their employees is through the notes and signs that they put up, whether inside or outside. Bored Panda has traveled all over the net to bring you the most egregious, the most loathsome examples of these condescending, demeaning notes left.

It’s to show you just how low some bosses can go. In their eyes, everyone’s lazy but them. Everyone’s wrong but them. And then they act surprised when people leave the company because of them. Imagine the surprise on their face when they learn that their actions have [cue dramatic gasp and thunder] consequences.

As you’re scrolling down, have a think about your current and previous workplaces, Pandas. Have you ever come across insulting signs that management put up? What’s the most toxic thing your superiors have ever done? You can unload all of your frustration in the comment section. Go on, you know you need it.

#1

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

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Tim Pierce
Community Member
2 months ago

Hire me and I'll thank you

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Sam Dogen, the author of 'Buy This, Not That: How to Spend Your Way to Wealth and Freedom' and the founder of 'Financial Samurai,' shared his thoughts with us about how employees can earn their bosses' respect, what bosses can do to inspire them, the importance of patience, and some of the differences in work ethic between the younger and older generations. "In general, every older generation thinks the younger generation is lazier and has things easier. However, each generation only knows what it knows. So it's unfair to discredit one generation because they now have more creature comforts and so forth," he told Bored Panda.

"As someone who used to manage a small team in finance, the one thing I appreciated the most from employees was effort. If employees were trying their best to get things done and showed that they cared, I knew they were going places," Sam said. "Showing you give a damn about your fellow colleagues and your work is more than half the battle." You can read on for the financial expert's other great insights, Pandas.

#2

Came Into Work This Morning To Find This Taped To The Wall. Boss Went On Tirade Against Me And Co-Worker Yesterday For Talking To Each Other With No Customers In The Store

Came Into Work This Morning To Find This Taped To The Wall. Boss Went On Tirade Against Me And Co-Worker Yesterday For Talking To Each Other With No Customers In The Store

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

What is really ridiculous about this tactic is that time and time again, studies have shown that happy and engaged employees are more productive and more likely to stay in a position. Even for entry level positions, the training time involved adds up to a not insignificant cost... give me cheerful and happy every time, especially in a retail environment. Nasty boss is shooting themself in the foot in the long game.

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#3

I Bet It’s Posted Right Next To A Sign Complaining That No One Wants To Work Anymore

I Bet It’s Posted Right Next To A Sign Complaining That No One Wants To Work Anymore

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

And bring your maga hat... and weapons... we'll be storming the capital later.

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Financial expert and author Sam explained to Bored Panda that when it comes to work, it's a never-ending activity with to end goal in sight. And ain't that true! "There is always something new to create or something more to sell. Therefore, having an employee with a great attitude is the best," he noted that a person's attitude is incredibly important in the workplace.

"Bosses can inspire their employees by giving a damn as well! If the boss is always coming in on time, taking their subordinates out for lunch to see how they are doing, and works hard, employees will be inspired. And when employees are inspired, they will care more and do better work. It is a virtuous cycle," he said that employees value their superiors spending their time with them and giving them attention. "Great bosses lead by example. They are not micromanagers either. Instead, they are honest about difficult situations, believe in their employees, support their employees, and engender trust."

Bored Panda was interested to get Sam's take on how different generations view work from a different angle. The 'Financial Samurai' founder told us that he's a member of Gen X, turning 45 this summer, and this is the only generation that he knows very well. However, he did see oversee some younger employees at work.

"We grew up without the internet and now have the internet," he said about Gen X. "I did manage a couple of employees who were 10 years younger than me, hence the millennial generation. One got in trouble because he felt entitled to a much larger bonus than $20,000 after his first year out of college! After he got his bonus, he refused to come to work for a week. That was an interesting situation," he shared an unusual case of entitlement.

"It seems like more employees want to reach the corner office sooner, without putting in their dues. This may be perhaps due to the internet, social media, and how quickly information is disseminated. When you see someone on social media get super-rich quickly, you start feeling the same way too."

#4

Just Saw This In A Mcdonald’s

Just Saw This In A Mcdonald’s

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Brobro McDuderson
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s a sign everyone should be talking about their pay. Ironically, it’s likely *more* people started talking pay after this, than might’ve otherwise. I’m sure Barbara Streisand would be proud 😂

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#5

Proud Of Gen Z

Proud Of Gen Z

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Brobro McDuderson
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s…illegal 😂. Gotta love when an employer *advertises* their discrimination…

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#6

Stay Classy, Dollar Tree

Stay Classy, Dollar Tree

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Tim Pierce
Community Member
2 months ago

Who's going to mind the store is Bethy is driving around to everyone's house?

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In Sam's opinion, it seems like more and more employees are unwilling to "put in their dues" before reaching the corner office. They want massive progress without the grind. "This may be perhaps due to the internet, social media, and how quickly information is disseminated. When you see someone on social media get super-rich quickly, you start feeling the same way too," the expert stressed.

"However, I believe for most people, the secret to their success is unwavering commitment. If you can do something well consistently for 10+ years, you will likely be set for life! However, patience is required. Just know that if the direction is correct, sooner or later you will get there."

The job industry is very different when you compare things to the last few decades. The spread of new technologies like the internet have completely changed how people work and the information they have access to. That’s not to say that fast-food restaurants or retail shops are going to become obsolete, but generally speaking, workers are now more aware of what work conditions others have, how the rich are living, and when they’re being exploited. There’s a world of workplace advice at your fingertips.

#7

The Audacity To Have This Up In A Workplace

The Audacity To Have This Up In A Workplace

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Amir Ahmed Asif
Community Member
2 months ago

The math is so wrong! Two sick days are taking away 2 of this "so called day", instead of taking away 16 work hours. This is ridiculously stupid. (And, terrible)

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#8

Eat And Get Laid Off. Snitches Get $20

Eat And Get Laid Off. Snitches Get $20

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Persp Gold
Community Member
2 months ago

this sounds like a safety concern

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#9

Posted On All The Operating Room Doors Today

Posted On All The Operating Room Doors Today

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Michael Sanders
Community Member
2 months ago

Fair

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Bored Panda recently spoke about communication at work, quitting, and how to handle difficult bosses with workplace expert and author Lynn Taylor. She stressed that employees should try to be as diplomatic as they can, while at the same time drawing a line in the sand when it comes to bullying and outright disrespect.

“The best way to quit is to think about how you want to be remembered. Every industry in a given city has a relatively small network of good people. We have all heard 'it’s a small world' and the '6 degrees of separation.' As satisfying as it feels to 'put a bad boss in their place' upon departure, leave those fantasies in your mind,” Lynn explained to us during a recent exclusive interview that restraint is a very powerful tool in a worker’s arsenal.

“You never want to burn your bridges or get a reputation for being a troublemaker. It will get around and hurt your career," the workplace expert pointed out that an employee’s reputation follows them for years to come. Especially if it’s a niche industry.

"Your best bet is to thank your boss for the opportunity at the company and limit the number of negative comments you offer. It is unlikely to change behavior in a significant way. Be glad that you’ve decided to take the difficult step of moving on," the expert said that a bit of gratitude might be better than brutal honesty. In some cases. However, this doesn’t mean that you should bend over and grovel at your boss’ feet every time they walk by.

#10

Nate Wouldn't Toe The Line

Nate Wouldn't Toe The Line

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

I question the legality of so many points of this.

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#11

Just Gonna Leave This Here, Pinkos!

Just Gonna Leave This Here, Pinkos!

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Bahahaha! Because American is just full of communists. Shoot, we can't even get to socialist level.

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#12

This Is Posted By The Time-Clock. Thought You Guys/Gals Would Enjoy This!

This Is Posted By The Time-Clock. Thought You Guys/Gals Would Enjoy This!

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

I shudder to think of how this company would handle sexual harassment.

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"Very few people want to engage in lawsuits against a bully boss, for example, unless they feel they it will most certainly be a win. When in doubt, of course, you should always consult an employment attorney. And while the idea can be tempting, you may want to place more of your energy in your next, better job—or career pursuit,” Lynn stressed that employees ought to consider where their time, energy, and nerves are best spent.

#13

Don't Let These Businesses Gaslight You. They've Taken More "Handouts" Than Any One Of Us Will Ever Receive

Don't Let These Businesses Gaslight You. They've Taken More "Handouts" Than Any One Of Us Will Ever Receive

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

no... you are short staffed because you are awful to work for.

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#14

Recent “Sweat Pledge” My Wife Was Asked To Sign Before Employment

Recent “Sweat Pledge” My Wife Was Asked To Sign Before Employment

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yep. I would definitely take #7 to heart and find a new job. I would sign the form though... Heywood Jablowme maybe.. or F. Ewe.

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#15

Is This Legal? I Work In New York And My Boss Just Sent Me This

Is This Legal? I Work In New York And My Boss Just Sent Me This

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm surprised this is NY... this looks like something Fl governor Ron Death Sentence would impose.

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When communicating with management, it’s good to lay the groundwork and do a bit of preparation. "Know your objective. If you’re acting defensively, that won’t move the needle on enhancing your relationship. Think about how you would react as the recipient," the expert advised.

She gave Bored Panda an example of how employees could broach certain concerns with their boss using the ‘positive bookends’ approach.

#16

Started A New Job Today. Just More Of The Same

Started A New Job Today. Just More Of The Same

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

I read this too fast... "will be deducted from your s**t total." Not sure which way sounds worse.

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#17

About A Year Ago I Got Let Go Of My Job And Decided To Hussle Making Music, This Is The Second Time My Ex-Boss Tries To Have Me Mention Him In A 'Media Opportunity'

About A Year Ago I Got Let Go Of My Job And Decided To Hussle Making Music, This Is The Second Time My Ex-Boss Tries To Have Me Mention Him In A 'Media Opportunity'

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AnnaBanana
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't even know what to say about this...it's probably the most delusional thing I've ever read!

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#18

Alex Had Enough

Alex Had Enough

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

YAY ALEX!!! WAY TO GO 👍👍👍

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One way to communicate work issues to your manager or boss might be to use so-called ‘positive bookends’ (aka the criticism sandwich approach). You could try something like this: "'I really enjoy my job, but there’s something that set me back a bit recently.' Enter: your beef. Wrap with: 'Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to me… I very much appreciate your efforts in trying to work better together.'"

The best things that employees can do when they’re speaking to management is to communicate as clearly as they can, anticipate any problems that might come up, use a bit of humor if applicable, and present themselves as problem solvers, not problem causers.

#19

Little Old But This Note Was Put Up Last Summer During Record Breaking Heat Here In Utah. It Was Like 112f If I Remember Correctly. Rip Those Of Us Working Outside

Little Old But This Note Was Put Up Last Summer During Record Breaking Heat Here In Utah. It Was Like 112f If I Remember Correctly. Rip Those Of Us Working Outside

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Short skirts are free for everyone!

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#20

In Case You Would Like To Know What It’s Like Working At Starbucks

In Case You Would Like To Know What It’s Like Working At Starbucks

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Little Wonder
Community Member
2 months ago

Do not get to know me, just make me a coffee thank you. Having said that my local cafe baristas DO know me, but that's just because i'm in there a lot and we like to talk s**t.

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#21

Capitalist America For You

Capitalist America For You

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

I think this is another novelty gift.

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Lynn noted that employees who consistently face overtime can appeal to their boss’ reason in such a way: “For example, if your supervisor says you need to do A, B, and C by tomorrow, diplomatically explain that it will hurt all projects to get them done the next day because (then explain very briefly what’s involved or the potential negative outcomes). Then explain the positives of an alternative approach, such as, 'If I focus on 'project A' today, we will likely land the Smith account.'"

#22

Reedsmith A Corporate Law Firm For Activision Posted This As A Note Which They Keep Around The Offices. A Local Game Union Printed It On Mousepads And Now Gives Them Out As A Reminder Of How They See Union Employees

Reedsmith A Corporate Law Firm For Activision Posted This As A Note Which They Keep Around The Offices. A Local Game Union Printed It On Mousepads And Now Gives Them Out As A Reminder Of How They See Union Employees

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Suutashi
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a lawfirm that works for Activision. This kind of crap does not surprise me in the slightest given Activision's reputation.

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#23

When You Don't Understand The Assignment

When You Don't Understand The Assignment

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

And when his business closes... guess who he's going to blame? Certainly not his d1ckhead attitude or his ignorance.

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#24

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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phil blanque
Community Member
2 months ago

Everyone should do it so that payroll spends all day adjusting normal calculations to deduct 7 cents a day from everyone's pay.....And then again tomorrow.....And again...

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According to workplace expert Lynn, bad bosses can be compared to toddlers. As such, you can use positive and negative reinforcement to manage your managers.

"It makes you realize that badly behaving bosses are very much like angry toddlers, especially when are either stressed or frustrated. All mortal beings can act out when we are pushed to the limit. When you know where the boss is coming from, such as the stock plummeting 5% that day, your approach will be more effective," Lynn said.

#25

My Old Boss Took 10 Days Off And Put This On Her Chair… In Order To Access Her Computer (Aka Cover Her Work While She Was Gone) We Had To Stand Or Bring In Another Chair… She Would Rewatch The Cameras At 6x Speed To See If Anyone Would Touch It

My Old Boss Took 10 Days Off And Put This On Her Chair… In Order To Access Her Computer (Aka Cover Her Work While She Was Gone) We Had To Stand Or Bring In Another Chair… She Would Rewatch The Cameras At 6x Speed To See If Anyone Would Touch It

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

If only there was a cat in the office. You know, how they pretend they can't read...

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#26

At Work - Where Water Isn’t Free Yo

At Work - Where Water Isn’t Free Yo

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

This looks ridiculous, but without more info it's hard to tell... is it purchased by a group of employees for their own use, or is this the employer charging employees? If it's the latter, that's pretty cheesy... it should be part of the cost of doing business.

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#27

Spotted At My Local Burger King

Spotted At My Local Burger King

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AnnaBanana
Community Member
2 months ago

Nothing wrong with this. You shouldn't be disrupting your co-workers when you're not on shift.

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"You can’t be oblivious to what someone else is going through and behave correctly. You also can’t assume that an angry boss is angry at you, per se. Chances are other people are getting the same treatment. Don’t take it all personally, but never allow anyone to be abusive, ever, to you in the workplace. No bullying should ever be tolerated,” she stressed.

#28

Like I Almost Understand, But No This Is S**tty

Like I Almost Understand, But No This Is S**tty

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe this person needs everyone else to be present and help when this person is working due to low cognitive abilities as displayed by the sign's spelling, grammar, lack of punctuation, etc.

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#29

Found This In My New Workplace’s Meeting/Rest Room

Found This In My New Workplace’s Meeting/Rest Room

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

It does say "crazy signs" on the lower right - I also think it is a joke sign.

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#30

Labor Day

Labor Day

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Whew... narrowly escaped any disciplinary actions!

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Note: this post originally had 44 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Of course, employees shouldn’t ever be patronizing, as this could harm their careers. "Just know that human nature is, at its core, no different at five or 55," the expert told Bored Panda. "Looking at a difficult boss through the lens of a parent can be useful in another way. Humor is a good way to view tough situations more objectively: 'Johnny is having a bad day. And it’s 11:30 AM, so I should not go in there, as he is hungry.' This assumes that the bad behavior is episodic and not a pattern. Nobody should ever tolerate toxic behavior,” she stressed that there have to be clear boundaries.

"Most bad bosses can be charmers a lot of the time, but then act out unexpectedly, occasionally and seemingly for no reason."