We might all know people that remind us of Michael Scott in The Office, but when your boss reminds you of him it's a special moment. These people share what makes their bosses like Michael Scott.
What's the most Michael Scott-ish thing your boss ever did?
The Lack of attention to detailsGiphy
I handed him an aerial image I had printed. He told me I needed to reprint it and rotate it 180. I walked to my cubicle, waited a minute, handed it back to him right side up. His reply, "Perfect."
We had mice. Boss man was terrified of mice and a total skinflint who didn't want to pay for an exterminator. His big idea (I shit you not!) was to give me cotton to put in my ears and a blow horn. He then opened the back door, closed all other doors in the little shop, and I had to attempt to herd mice out of the store with a f****** air horn, with cotton balls sticking out of my ears. I tried to explain why it wouldn't work, but he essentially told me not to worry my pretty little head over it, and that was my entire afternoon. Most ridiculous s*** I've ever done at a job ever before, and ever since
The lack of sensitivity
It was this guy's last day with the company, and the managers brought in a cake for everyone to share. A very nice farewell gesture.
Except he wasn't moving to a new city or leaving the company for a new job. He had gotten fired. The managers literally fired this guy, then called everyone into the kitchen and said "Okay, today is Steve's last day with the company, let's have some cake!" Most oblivious, socially awkward, tone deaf moment imaginable.
The power struggleGiphy
My boss makes me walk 2 meters behind him because I'm tall and he's short.
Bad time to bounce
After a successful project, owner of the company invited everyone out to lunch (about 12 employees) at a nearby restaurant by the office. Little did she know, the place was very expensive, so she bounces early before the check comes, stating that she had a client call. She gives us money to pay for her meal and takes off, leaving the rest of us to figure out the check. It also turns out she didn't give us enough money to pay for her potion of the check so someone had to throw in a few extra bucks to cover that.
The extensive team power emphasis
Mandatory Staff Appreciation Day.
It fell on my day off, and I had to come in, to participate in the team-building activities that were scheduled. It went from 7am to 7pm, which was longer than a normal shift. That was my only day off that week.
Paying no mind
A few coworkers and I competed in a local Office-themed trivia contest. We came in second place, and one of the prizes was a "World's Best Boss" mug. We brought it into work and displayed it proudly like a trophy in one of our offices. My boss--who was not involved in the contest, has never seen The Office, is not friends with or well-liked by any of us, and is a huge idiot--saw the mug in someone else's office and just took it. None of us could figure out where it had gone until we saw her drinking out of it.
A skewed understanding of thingsGiphy
My boss put candles in his dishwasher to clean them and they ended up melting and distributing a thin layer of wax over everything
When you live an episode
We legitimately had to lay off 4 people last year, and management decided to wait until the day before the Halloween office party to do it. No joke. It was like the Halloween episode in real life.
I had a boss who got a promotion to senior manager. The very next day he pulled into the parking lot with a BMW 1-Series. No one on my team even knew they made a 1 series (cheapest possible BMW/badge car). He gets out wearing a BMW polo and a white BMW hat. He offered to take me to lunch in it. He jumps on the highway, adjusts his BMW hat and says to me, "I don't exactly do 60 in this thing!" does a little triumphant laughter and starts going 80. There was a cop on the bridge above us. We were immediately pulled over. I will never forget the look of defeat on his face.
The inappropriate comments
One of my co-workers is black and loves chocolate. He was talking to the boss one day and mentioned something along the lines of wishing he had some chocolate right now. Boss: "who needs that when we got some milk chocolate right here?" referring to my co-worker
When he was pushyGiphy
It was like my first or second week, he asked me to come see his band (three middle aged white guys playing covers of blues rock bands) play at a sports bar. I told him I had to pick up my parents from the airport on the night in question. He told me they should get a cab.
Behind the back comments
One morning I was in his office when one of the employees (5 employees total) got to the office late, maybe 9:45 or something. As she walked in he asked her why she was late and she replied with some excuse and walked away. He turned to me and said: Did you see that? She thinks that she is smarter than me. Someone needs to tell her that if she was smarter than me SHE would be running this company not me.
An unusual meeting
CEO of our company Skyped into a meeting, but accidentally hit his laptop screen and aimed the camera down revealing he was Skyping in with the classic 'no pants' style. It was like a real life sitcom moment
When he is just looking out for himself
Got the go ahead from corporate to buy a new coffee machine for the office. Bought a new Keurig, took it home and brought in his own old coffee machine for the staff to use. Terrible person, you know who you are!