So Bad, There Should Be An Award
My boss is a tough guy to get to know. He never smiles much, always looks like he's going to kill or start screaming at someone, and comes up with creative names for everyone that include foul language.
A couple weeks ago, when all the summer help had officially started and my supervisor was on vacation, he called everyone into a meeting to welcome everyone and go over the ground rules. After spending no more than five minutes doing that, he officially started in on a 15-minute long insult fest. He made one guy walk up in front of everyone, pull up his pants, and bend over before he finally told the guy he didn't want to see his "a** crack" ever again and that he should get pants like the ones Urkel from Family Matters wears. Then he went around the rest of the table.
By the end, there was the guy who needed the Urkel pants, two un-peppy cheerleaders, a speechless old man, a "light pole f***er" (the guy had accidentally run into a light pole his first summer there), a "stupid, s***-headed lobster" (the kid had forgotten to put on sunscreen), and a bunch of "idiots who will never do anything right" by my boss's standards.
If this was an attempt to motivate us into doing our best work, this sure didn't motivate us.
Two days later, he felt the need to tell us we were working too hard and that he'd received some complaints about us working too hard. He even threatened to fire me if I didn't do exactly as he wanted and that he didn't care if any of us got hurt or killed on the job because our health and safety isn't important to him. All I could do was apologize for working too hard and promise not to work as hard. I went home speechless.
I never thought I'd see the day when doing your job and going above and beyond what's required would be worthy of getting yelled at by the boss and threatened with your job, but it apparently is that way with my boss.
My supervisor was back from vacation the following Monday and when I spoke to her about it, she was horrified. She promised she'd do something about it, since my boss's behavior violated some H.R. (Human Resources) rules. Since then, my boss has pretty much left myself and everyone else alone, except for when we have to be at a meeting with him. Hopefully, this will continue.