Having a petty boss is an example of a thousand ways to die. The mental, emotional, and life trauma from having a mean boss is unrivalled.
Here are some of the petty things employees have experienced:
1) Inside life.
“My husband and I work in the same hospital and even in the same unit. He’s a senior doctor and I am a junior doctor. Anytime we fight at home, I know I am in trouble at work because, during ward rounds, my husband will keep calling me to answer all the difficult questions. Imagine putting your wife on the spot like that because of small house fight.”
“I resigned at my old job and my boss refused to let me go. He scheduled a meeting saying that he wanted us to discuss a way to make me stay. At the meeting, he fired me. I was so confused.”
3) Na wa oh.
“I disagreed with my boss over something one time but we resolved it. At least that’s what I thought. From then on, whenever someone asked to see the CEO, she’d direct them to me. Her reason was that I was trying to teach her how to run her company since I know better than her. I got tired of the pettiness and eventually left the company.”
4) Love story.
“My oga and I were toasting the same babe but she was feeling me more. I and the babe used to hang out after work because love was sweeting us. My oga noticed that I was the reason she wasn’t giving him face. So, every day when it was almost closing time, he’d send me on some Israelite journey to go and buy God knows what. The aim was to waste my time as much as possible so he could talk to her while I was away. The silver lining was that I’d go pick the babe from her work and we’d run the errand together or even go and eat. It was the funniest thing ever.”
5) Civil servants.
“During my I.T at some dead ministry, I refused to buy food for the members of staff. The main boss in charge supported me so I was protected. However, when I wanted to sign my logbook, the main boss was on leave, and school was rushing us for our signed logbook. I called him to sign and he told me to meet his second in command as he didn’t have the stamp at home.
The second in command was one of the people I had refused to buy food for.
She laughed at me because she saw how desperate I was. She gave me her cooler to go buy Amala for her before signing the book. Someone that even dared me to refuse or report her. I have never done a sadder walk of shame in my life; I still get angry anytime I remember.”
6) Sorry, I laughed.
“I don’t have experience with a boss but I have with a teacher. In SS3, we had this Biology teacher that we used to play pranks on. She just used to tell us that she’d catch us. We used to laugh because after WAEC and JAMB, who’s she catching? I graduated from secondary school and during year one registration, I needed testimonial.
In my secondary school, to get a testimonial, all the teachers that taught you in SS3 must sign for you. I had forgotten all about the woman until I entered her office. It turned out she had been patiently waiting for me. There and then, she told me the criteria for her signing was for her to give me five strokes of the cane. I wanted to enter the ground that day.
I collected my five strokes like a hard guy but the thing entered because I thought I had escaped.”
“I resigned from my old place of work because of how toxic it was. My old boss called my new boss to say I didn’t resign but she fired me. I was so dumbfounded. She did fire me but that was after I resigned. Thank God the HR babe at the old place stepped in on my behalf.”
“My girlfriend is my boss and the management is cool with it. I work for a start-up and everyone calls each other by their first name. Whenever my babe and I are fighting like this, she’ll call me by my government name and even add Mr. to it. It’s the most annoying thing ever. I hate it with a passion.”