Having a boss that cares about you is the best. Encouraging your personal and professional development, making you feel like a valuable member of the team, even saying a simple "thank you" really contributes to job satisfaction.

Sometimes, however, it feels like this boss doesn't even exist. Like they're just a fictional character, created by some business management faculty to trick students into joining the workforce.

Take this viral thread for example.

It started with a tweet by comedian Kevin McCaffrey. In it, McCaffrey recalled the time when he told his manager that his grandma had died before a double shift he was scheduled for. Their response? "Can you just work one shift?"

As the tweet blew up, people started replying with baffling phrases they heard from bosses themselves. Below are some of the most delirious ones.

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Ha! Burn!!!

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Bored Panda got in touch with McCaffrey to learn more about the story behind his famous tweet. "I was a server in Anderson, Indiana for 4 months in 2003," he said. "Was I happy with it? No, haha, but I don't blame OG. It was a good server job in the area, the employees were very cool overall."

McCaffrey doesn't really remember what the real reason was that day, but he has a theory. "The TV department at Ball State's activity fair (called SuperParty) where people sign up for what shows they want to work on for the year. I was the host and EP of a late night talk show, and they wouldn't let me take the day off. I wasn't gonna miss it, so fake grandma had to have a bad day."

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Good! Publicly shame the bastard.

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Bella Jones
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3 months ago

Hmmm .... she was happy to ignore the roaches up until the employer upset her. Not cool. Not cool at all.

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The main thing McCaffrey took away from all the replies his tweet got was that "management, in every job, is delusional."

"They demand far more than they're willing to give almost everywhere, and expect people who are clearly working survival jobs to bail on everything in their lives to deliver unlimited salad and breadsticks for 2.13 an hour and an average of about 10% tip," he said. "I also learned that there are plenty of people very mad that I lied in 2003 at the Anderson Indiana Olive Garden and missed that shift."

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James016
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3 months ago

That’s messed up

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James016
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3 months ago

Hopefully you chose wisely.

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A study by CareerBuilder.com shows that a whopping 58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training. Let that sink it. Most managers in the workforce were promoted because they were good at what they did, not because they made the people around them better. This statistic might explain their lack of competence. Our leaders aren't trained to lead.

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Didn't know Olive Garden had a drive through. 🤔

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Brendan
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3 months ago

That poor girl. This makes me so angry.

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Here's another interesting fact for you. Leigh Branham, author of The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave revealed that 89 percent of bosses believe employees quit because they want more money. I bet any boss would love this statistic to be true (because it basically pardons them from wrong-doing) but it is simply not true. Only 12 percent of employees actually leave an organization for more money.

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Max
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3 months ago

Yeah, 99% of people in food service are there just because they get paid. It's not really a 'calling' or 'career'.

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Rachel Cowley
Community Member
3 months ago

Probably for free too

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a bit perplexed that work would even have the right to know your Dr, let alone ring them on a whim.

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah I was thinking the same thing... why would the employer have the number to the doctor? And doctors are not supposed to tell whether or not they have you as a patient. And the timeline here is weird: she goes to the doctor, then goes home. Somehow the employer finds out about that (she/doctor must have told them) but then they still call the doctor to ask about her. So she is basically the only person who could have told them about everything. Or am I missing something here?

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YoyoSthlm
Community Member
3 months ago

And also: how would the workplace know about her being sent home? Either she or the doctor must have phoned them. And if it was the doctor, why would they call him back? Also, it was a “scheduled c-section”. Scheduled. But somehow no one prepared for it. So what was the plan here? That she would go back to work the next day?

kjorn
Community Member
3 months ago

This is America. Where profit is the most important thing...shitty place for a country who says rights and liberty is important

Aroha
Community Member
3 months ago

No one in my country works until that late in the pregnancy anyway... You choose yourself when you want your maternity leave to start, around 5-8 weeks before delivery. And your employer says, OK. That's how it should be!!

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

In Europe, employers do not know which doctor an employee has and even if they knew, it would be illegal for them to contact him. It's even illegal for them to ask an employee why he wants to see a doctor or needs to have an operation.

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A Harvard Business Review survey revealed that only 49% of full-time workers responded that they had "a great deal of trust" in those working above and alongside them. 

That becomes a bigger problem when you consider their other research which has found that positive teams that trust each other are more productive, creative, and resilient and improve the organization’s overall effectiveness.

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Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
3 months ago

so your boss thought he was more important than your grandma?

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Ian Koch
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3 months ago

YAY!

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Z Kalnina
Community Member
3 months ago

Good riddance! Some employers don't want you to be educated because you will quit then anyway. Best be out of that environment.

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Recognition is the number one thing employees say their manager could give them to elevate their job satisfaction to new heights. Sadly, as you can see from the tweets, not every boss gets it. Global studies prove that when it comes to inspiring people to be their best at work, nothing else comes close—not even higher pay, promotion, autonomy, or training.

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Ian Koch
Community Member
3 months ago

vat ze fak.

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

Fair enough, nobody forced you to burn your hand, it was your choice #clearly.

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Brendan
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3 months ago

How dare she get pregnant during his employment!

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The Harry Potter person
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3 months ago

Why did some of you downvote Ian Koch's comment? They were asking a question.

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Gallup discovered that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. However, its analytics suggest they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup found that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

"Then get your oak guy to do it"

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Ian Koch
Community Member
3 months ago

WHAT THE FU-

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Derpy Dino
Community Member
3 months ago

wow, just wow..*claps hands slowly*

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Gallup estimates that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units, and this variation is in turn responsible for severely low worldwide employee engagement. Gallup reported in two large-scale studies in 2012 that only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged at work, and a staggeringly low 13% worldwide are engaged.

If only they listened more.

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James016
Community Member
3 months ago

Don’t know how it works in the USA but that must be a health and safety violation.

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Derpy Dino
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3 months ago

Thosed messed up sons of bitches...

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Derpy Dino
Community Member
3 months ago

damm, thats harsh!

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Brendan
Community Member
3 months ago

Glad to read, "now-gone".

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Ian Koch
Community Member
3 months ago

arsehole.

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N G
Community Member
3 months ago

It's not 3 days to get over it. It's 3 days to sort the paperwork. They're not offering "grief leave".

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KoalaLa
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3 months ago

I'm all for inclusivity, but you can't expect the whole restaurant system changes because of you being autistic?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

Why would you take paid time off over medical leave? No boss is going: " Wow, what an outstanding employee!!! Taking PTO instead of the medical leave he could have gotten. Amazing, remind me to promote him and give him a raise when he comes in." Instead they'll be like: " Jeez, what a dumb@ss. Remind me to fire him when he returns."

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Ian Koch
Community Member
3 months ago

they got injured while working... then she was asked to come back to work the same day. by her boss. I would say this to the boss, before quitting: Do you are have stupid.

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Nicola Roberts
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3 months ago

Olive Garden aren't coming off very well in this post.

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Derpy Dino
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3 months ago

ha, those mofos got what they deserved.

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Gary French
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3 months ago

Did they get back to you? :)

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Ian Koch
Community Member
3 months ago

BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH.

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Joey Marlin
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3 months ago

Took me a little time to work out what 'Hep A lol' was... 😣

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Derpy Dino
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

wow, kidney stones suck(from what ive heard) and if your pissing rocks, you need to stay home.

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smol doggo
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3 months ago

wtf edward how do you get -4900 points

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