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The Absolute Worst Stories of Horrible Bosses We Could Find

If you hate your boss, you’re not alone. A staggering 75% of employees say their boss is the worst and most stressful part of their job. Now that’s a cheery stat!

But since misery loves company, we’ve rounded up the most horrible stories of the most horrible bosses on the web. Plus some advice—because unlike your boss, we can’t present you with a problem without also giving you a solution.

  1. Cut a peach wrong? One boss thinks that justifies a face-punch. (Washingtonian)

  2. Apparently, Hitler was an okay guy, he just “took things too far.” (Business Insider)

  3. This guy had his intern buy flowers for his wifeand his mistress. (The Guardian)

  4. Read Rainn Wilson from The Office’s picks for his top 50 true-life stories of horrible bosses. (Reader’s Digest)

  5. Check out this unbelievable story: “The owner's wife used to consult a monk in Korea for all of her business decisions. No matter how the interview went, the fate of the applicant was in the hands of some monk thousands of miles away who had never met this person.” (

  6. Only bad bosses say these 10 things. (U.S. News & World Report)

  7. Here are the nine core beliefs of horrible bosses. (Inc.)

  8. Discover the 31 telltale signs of a horrible boss. (Forbes)

  9. If these stories sound familiar, check out the cure for horrible bosses. (Harvard Business Review)

  10. Oh, and if you think you’re bad, learn how to change from a horrible boss to a real leader. (The Business Journals)

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