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National Boss’s Day is October 16. Here are some managers who won’t be getting much appreciati­on.

A Chinese sales group made news back in 2016 when it came out that executives forced employees who’d missed their goals to drink a cocktail of grain alcohol and live mealworms. The workers, though disgusted, didn’t seem all that fazed. Said one, “We have also eaten live squid and ants before.”


The lumberyard where I worked was experienci­ng losses from theft. Our vice president ordered polygraphs for every employee. A week later, on a routine patrol, the police caught the thief loading a truck with material from the yard. It was the vice president.


Tania Singer was a renowned neuroscien­tist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany. But she was forced to resign after reports of her bullying became public. “Whenever anyone had a meeting with her, there was at least an even chance he or she would come out in tears,” one colleague told sciencemag .org. Singer’s field of expertise? Empathy.

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