Kid was 17 under me. Didn't do what he was told, mouthed off, would hide.
Eventually got fired. Then about 3 months later, groped a random lady in a near by park, ran to the store to steal a car, tried to car jack a customer, who stabbed him a few times, and he locked himself in the employee restroom to hide from the police.
Lazy, incompetent, couldn't handle ANY criticism, and SHE STOLE MY FOOD. Anything I ate she would stare down and be like, "Ohhhh my godddd that looks so gooood." I was the manager of a very small business, just me and two girls under me so we spent a lot of time together. She would talk about how she couldn't buy groceries or keep her utilities on but she wanted to have another baby. and she was cheating on her husband. I hated her so much it gave me anxiety. She screwed up my business too because of her mistakes and our clients hated her. I eventually told my boss it was her or me. Boss didn't like confrontation so I said okay and took a job elsewhere. The girl ended up getting fired but it was too late. I wasn't going to stick around after that.
Oh and several times she took her antipsychotic meds during the day (I think they were meant to be taken at night) and got out.. She slept through the phone ringing and me yelling her name because I needed help. Ugh. I get mad just thinking about it.
My boss had a former employee who he had a disagreement with. The employee started calling his house in the middle of the night and hanging up, repeatedly.
Showed up unusually early to find her sleeping on the job. She was a lifeguard. Fired on the spot.
Always late and always asked when we could take a break. Every day he had some injury which excused him from working hard like the other guys. He wanted to use a company truck to pick up a girl he was seeing to go to dinner. One day he showed up at the job site at noon and said he had court that morning. Never let me know and had no paperwork to prove it. Fired him there on the spot and have no idea what he's doing now.
The company I work for is pretty hard to get into , even if you have an impressive resume or an awesome reference. Unfortunately we had a new client. In 1 quarter his business would keep our lights on for about 10 years. He asked if his cousin or "little nephew" could have an entry level position at our company and we reluctantly said yes.
The kid surfed the web all day looking at cars to buy. Whenever we'd ask him if he completed a task he'd either lie to us and say he did or say he didn't know how to do it and didn't want to bother any of us for help. Then he brought in all of his gaming systems into the conference room saying that clients could play them while they waited. Which would have been nice but he played games in the conference room all day. So it came to a point where we gave him the least amount of work to do (ordering paper, delivering lunch, etc).
Two years later the client comes to us and says that he's going to have his nephew handle the work he was giving us for him / helping him start his own consulting firm. Apparently the kid lied like no other making his uncle believe that he was helping run our company.
3 months later he came back to us for our business. Nephew tried hiring a consulting firm to the side to do his work so he could play Sonic the Hedgehog all day.
Had a ranch hand I caught for animal abuse. I get a high school kid to work at my place every so often for those needed graduation community service hours.
He needed like a whole day worth of hours for graduation and it was a week before. His mom dropped him off in the morning, luckily I had enough crap to do that I could keep him busy for 10 hours on a Saturday. Got there at 6 am, obviously didn't want to be there, got him to help me castrate males (meaning he just held em down while I did the stuff you need a skilled hand for).
I give him the task of sorting ewes while I go fix a gate on the other side of the barn. Simple enough, Red chalk on the back goes out in the big pasture, yellow chalk goes in the little pasture with one ram, blue chalk goes in the pen with another ram. Simple enough, Just catch and sort. I had one ewe I called 'felicia' cause she was a BITCH. She'd run from you and all you could say is 'bye felicia'. And once you caught her she'd fight you tooth and claw to get away. IDK why she was this way, she just was.
Anyway. I guess he had trouble getting her to move and so he reared back and punched this sheep across the nose hard enough to knock out a tooth. Which trust me, takes A LOT. I've seen one run face first, full speed into a wooden barn and not lose any teeth and he knocked one out in one punch.
I was pissed. Pulled him inside, called his mom, sent him home, refused to sign off on his hours cause I had to spend time to make sure she didn't get hurt worse than we thought.
I should note, Felicia died a year later, but just of old age. But she did eventually calm down and that one missing tooth didn't get in her way too much.
I had this one girl who reported me to HR for having something romantic with my assistant. So, my assistant is a little over twice my age, he has children older than I am. I am married, so is he. Also, we work from home and he lives on the other side of the country.
Anyway, once this was discredited she started emailing my bosses boss from an "anonymous" email talking crap about me and all of management and spreading all these lies. All because I didn't promote her.
She also used to send me disgusting graphic screen shots of convos between her and her s/o of them fighting because he wouldn't get intimate with her because she has a gross .....downstairs.
Every second she worked for me was horrifying.
Was a week into training him, and he reply-all'd to a company-wide email chain with a sexist joke that included the word "tits" in it.
When you're training someone, it feels like you messed up however they messed up. The Fremdschämen was real.
I wasn't a boss, but I'll share this story:
I worked at the Old Country Buffet while in college. I was a cashier (free food and I don't have to cook it!)
My roommate wanted a job, so I hooked him up with an interview and he got hired. I trained him on the register on his first day on the job.
The next day, he was a no call/no show. He just flat out quit. When I got home, I asked him why he didn't come in. He said working there was too hard.
This job was impossibly easy. "Hi, welcome to OCB. How many in your party?" Punch that number into register and read total. Collect money. Wave goodbye.
(Man, I miss the food...)
Guy who was constantly on his phone. Had a bad attitude. And always failed miserably with hitting on the female employees, but never stopped.
Old mate was a dangerous, unstable, drug-addicted nutjob, but he worked his arse off and constantly made the rest of the crew laugh.
Until the ice got the better of him and he started really going off the rails. He'd snap, act like a lunatic, swing off motor chains... but I liked him.
Now, I wasn't in charge of the hiring and firing, I was just the team leader of the crew. I'd tell the real boss, over and over again, that he had to get rid of him before he'd hurt someone who looked at him sideways or drove over someone on the forklift.
He eventually quit the job, and I can tell you, I've never been so relieved. We genuinely liked each other and I was one of the few people in his life who could tell him what to do - primarily because I'd earned his respect and respect was the only currency he acknowledged. The second-last I heard of him, he'd taken a picture of himself sitting on the bonnet of his new car holding an (illegal) firearm, and posted it on Facebook.
As the manager of a communication agency, I'd say toxic people: workers that always believe the company is scheming something, that does whatever is possible for co-workers to distrust the company and so on.
We had one of those with us for 1,5 years. It was horrible. She "contaminated" good workers, told outright lies about things we offered her, faked her salary so her peers would think she earned much more, among other things.
In the end, we fired her, but her contamination led us to fire other two people who believed her and started redoing her toxic work. And no matter how many times we told them the things she told them were lies, they wouldn't believe.
Many years ago I ran an email helpline for an ISP. The company never actually made me a manager, but there were nine full-time staff and three part-timers taking orders from me. One of them, who I never saw because he worked nights, wrote replies to customer email that bordered on abusive. My manager had me re-doing his work during the day, and told me not to speak to him about it. I assumed they were using the opportunity to build an HR case against him, but they never took any action. He just went on like that until years later when he resigned to take a job with a different company.
The worst employee I've known is a girl who told me she hated waking up to come to work so in order to sleep longer in the morning, she would put her clothes on the night before and sleep in them and roll out of bed and come straight to work. She never wore pants, only thick leggings under heavy skirts. She lived with her parents and their 20 cats and would always be covered in cat hair. She didn't brush her hair and always wore a beanie, even inside. She eventually got fired due to it as she was a sales rep for our company.
Not a boss or manager, but there was a point where I worked for this electronics retail company that I was respected as one.
There was this dude who worked for the company for about 6 years. He was going to school, so promotions were out of the question for him. At one point he was the pride and joy of management because he never took the customer's crap and was a great salesmen. However... when it came to new people who did something better than him, he would get jealous. It got to the point where he would train the new guys wrong so that he could get their sales and have them viewed as terrible employees by management. It wasn't until I came along. He tried to teach me incorrectly, but I would always go around and ask other people just for in case. So it got to he point where I would pretend to listen to him and just do my job correctly. He would tell lies to the employees, even experienced ones, so that he could take their sales. He even tried to bullcrap new management so that his sales would increase.
I called him out on his crap during a company wide meeting. He wanted to fight me. A week later he quits his job, pretended to say he got a better job because he graduated school, then came back a year later because he was broke as a joke.
I was the team leader and I was supposed to mentor this beautiful girl which made my friends jealous why they didn't get.
She found me on Facebook and sent me a friend request within an hour of meeting...we had things in common like Harry Potter and English premier league although I support Chelsea and she Manchester United ( big red flag which I missed )
She used to chat with me late evenings about common topics, come with me for lunch and coffee and even hanged out a bit on weekends as she was new to the city
But the biggest problem was she was so dumb that even if I spent an hour explaining , she would mess up coding another one so similar to it .. it's like you explain someone 2+3 =5 and then they can't add 3+2 .. I guess she was selected only based on looks
I had to cover up for her work too...I straight up told my manager but he said to give her time and she didn't improve .. she constantly would complain that she can't concentrate as she was missing her family
After 3 months I thought enough is enough and recommended her to be moved to testing and she moved to another project which was close to her hometown. She stopped taking to me after that.
I work in a liquor store.
One guy didn't show up for 3 days and had his mom come in and apologize. A month later we started finding empty cans throughout the fridge at the end of each shift. He would also leave at random for 15 minutes without telling anyone. For pints at the adjoining bar or to ask for cigarettes in the alley, or probably to drink more of our product.
We had a guy at my movie theater who could never do anything important. Like we would be shutting down concessions for the night so everyone could go home and I would find him in the back making kid pack boxes, which definitely weren't needed. Or we'd have a giant movie in theaters that needed to be turned around quickly and he would be meticulously sweeping less than 1/2 a row while there were other huge messes and customers waiting.
You really can't fire someone for being slow. Like.. I guess you can but.. you can't.
I manage a restaurant. There are certain people who are just slow. And no amount of practice is going to change that. They just move at this pace that isn't conducive to working a cook line. You can do all the coaching in the world, and it won't matter.
There's this one guy we'll call Jordan. Jordan moves at the speed of mud. His mouth is always slacked open and he speaks in such a monosyllabic fashion that you'd wonder if it was a put-on.
We have Texas toast where I work. The procedure for dropping Texas toast is as follows. Pick up piece of bread, brush garlic butter across piece of bread, drop on flat top for 45 seconds. Flip for an additional 45 seconds. Serve. The end. Simple. I can drop an entire loaf of Texas Toast in under 20 seconds, followed by the 2-45 second cook times. This is a SIMPLE PROCEDURE.
Jordan stands there with his loose jaw flapping in the wind meticulously placing garlic butter on every square inch of each piece of bread, resulting in one piece of toast being completely toasted by the time the next piece hits the flat top.
I've gone over to him and demonstrated time and again. "Jordan, it's a quick process. Brush, drop, brush, drop, brush, drop, brush, drop, hit timer. Wait. Flip. Hit timer again. Serve." He nods his head affirmatively then proceeds to butter every square inch of the bread again.
He walks one-foot per minute to the fridge to grab cheese sticks to drop in the fryer. He spends 5 solid minutes putting chicken on a plate.
Half the time I just tell him to go do dishes.
But I can't really fire him because TECHNICALLY he's not doing anything WRONG exactly, he's just doing a poor version of the correct thing.
We were hospital aides on an inpatient floor. So we changed incontinent patients, did vitals, helped patients walked to and from the bathroom or chairs, that kind of stuff. Nurses depended on us to do our jobs so they could do theirs.
This girl would avoid doing any work she could. She'd constantly hide in one of the back nursing stations and hunker down where she couldn't be seen and read. She'd ignore callbells for select patients who were known to be incontinent and messy. Just sit and read while the bell went off and wait for one of the others to grab it. She was allotted a 30min break and constantly took up to an hour. When she was training a new girl, she encouraged the same work avoidance behavior.
Then she got busted for falsifying vitals. She was upset that she couldn't take her break on her schedule, so when she did go she was gone for an hour and a half. She came back after the second round of vitals for her shift was due, so instead of getting her ass in gear she made them up. Manually typed bullcrap into the computer instead of taking vitals on the machine and saving them (they went to a Wi-Fi cloud to the chart)
What ended up happening was she put an average blood pressure measurement (think 130/85) on a patient whose normal parameters were about 90/60. So the nurse sees this, notice the patients blood pressure is 40 points higher than it should be, so she gives him a dose of BP meds. His BP tanks, the patient nearly dies. It's a crapshow.
She gets busted because our heart monitor tech suspected what had happened, gathered ALL the vitals machines and printed out copies of every set of vitals that had been taken that evening. Even if you don't save it to the cloud under a patients name, the machine saves it.
None of the numbers matched the ones this girl put in the computer which proved she hadn't done her job. Who knows how long she'd been doing that without getting caught. We'd get busy and lose track of her all the time.
Because of that tech the nurse wasn't in trouble and that aide got fired. Good Riddance.
She wasn't prosecuted. I strongly believe she should have. My bosses thought it was embarrassing and figured firing her was enough.
The day she was fired we had a prescheduled employee meeting, an hour before the eveninf shift started. She was late to that and was floated to another unit, so flounced off before the bosses could say "wait wait". So she takes her purse to another unit. Gets called back, gets shown the evidence and she confesses and is fired. Has to walk back to the other unit to get her purse. Has to walk to our unit to get her coat and empty her locker. Had to wait for security to take her ID. The entire time she is sobbing. She wore a lot of makeup and looked a disaster.
It ended up being very public and embarrassing for her. The entire small hospital knew.
She still deserved to be charged. But, I hoped she learned something.
The worst employee you can have is one that doesn't do anything egregious enough to fire, but manages to make every single workday that much more aggravating.
The worst guy had an attention span of a gnat. You had to write down instructions for everything, even tasks he'd done a million times before, and check in on him every 15 minutes or so. And yet, given these parameters, he'd complete perfect work.
Every year during performance reviews, we'd argue about whether or not to keep him on. And every year, we'd keep him on, because the devil you know... I mean, at least we knew how to manage him, and he was manageable.