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jobspot - Turning the tables on bad bosses

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RECRUITMENT

There are all sorts of awful employers out there - those who make you dread going into work, or whose power to sack you at a moment's notice imposes a double bind;

wanting to protest but fearing the consequences.

I have had my fair share of them. The first took delight in humiliating his staff by challenging their ability to do the job; including marking their letters out of 10 and testing knowledge of British Standards. However, he did at least have the grudging respect of his employees because of his rigorous approach to technical issues.

Most realised that they could learn from the experience of being there.

A second employer had the same lack of social graces but not the intellectual back-up.

He delighted in throwing things at technicians, physically fighting with contractors and making receptionists cry. Neighbours would regularly call the police to investigate the sounds of his murderous rampage.

Fortunately I escaped. It must be said there is nothing more satisfying than that carefully prepared blistering resignation speech knowing you have other employment to go to.

Governments may like the stability of a non-flexible employment market, but most employees breathe a collective sigh of potential liberation when they hear that employment opportunities are growing.

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