Working America – www.workingamerica.org – recently announced the second weekly winners of its popular “My Bad Boss Contest”, where workers can share their horrible bosses stories for a chance to win a vacation and $1,000 towards travel expenses. The weekly winners are:

  • “Sydney Bristow” of Illinois, who told her boss that she can’t afford commuting costs, which take up one-fourth of her salary. Her boss replied: “I know, when I take my Porsche out of storage for the summer, it’s going to cost a lot to gas it up.” This same boss recently put non-IT staff in charge of tech-support duties after two IT staffers quit because of a toxic environment.
  • “Traumatized Tracy” of New York tells of her boss, a doctor, who frequently leaves undergarments strewn about the office. Her boss has left bikini underwear on the bathroom doorknob, and once removed her shirt in front of Tracy while continuing to talk business. To top it off, Tracy was recently told her hours will be cut down to part-time effective immediately. She is now on the hunt for a new job.

 Two previous weekly winners were announced last week. Details of all the weekly winners can be found at: http://www.workingamerica.org/badboss/?appState=listStories_semi   A grand prize winner, to be announced Aug. 2, will get a seven-night vacation and $1,000 toward airfare or other expenses.

The contest comes just in time for the zany comedy “Horrible Bosses” starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, which opened nationally on July 8. However, unlike this movie, we recommend sane workplace protections and good jobs to counter the crazy. After all, bullying and other bad bosses is no laughing matter for their employees – many of whom feel they have no recourse but to quit.    The Workplace Bullying Institute is dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying.  Check out www.workplacebullying.org.

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