I had a boss at my last job that tried to be evil but was just too incompetent and off her rocker to do it. We used to call her “the space cadet.” She’d palm off responsiblity for all her projects on to other people in the department, then forget to check and see whether we’d done “our” work. So, of course, we never did any of the work she was supposed to be doing herself…
Thus her evilness was mainly confined to verbal assaults. But she was too chicken to chew us out to our faces, so she indulged in backstabbing instead. Among her “greatest hits”: declaring that a pregnant co-worker’s unborn child was not the result of her husband’s doings (not those exact words, if you catch my drift), launching homophobic diatribes against another (the punchline–she was gay, too), and calling the president of the college “a doddering old fart.” If that last one seems tame, you have to realize that nearly everyone in the college was begging him to get rid of her, and he wouldn’t do it because he felt “she could turn the department around.” Which, truthfully she was…in the wrong direction, though.
Most of all, la space cadet was best known for her lame excuses for not working. Once she failed to show up for work for about three days running. She did not try to contact anyone and calls to her apartment went unanswered. When she finally appeared, we asked her what happened. “I was sick.” Why didn’t you try to call us? “I forgot.” Two people asked her separately what was wrong with her and got two completely different answers…she wasn’t even bothering to get her stories straight! Another time she failed to show up for an evening meeting with the president and a donor. The next morning she came into the office, explaining that she’d had car trouble. I asked her what the garage said was wrong with it. “Oh, I didn’t take it to the garage–it started working again.” How convenient :rolleyes:
I left 14 months ago, and four months ago I got a call from one of my old co-workers saying she’d been fired. Apparently, 18 months into a three-year, $12 million campaign, she had raised $500,000. Oops.