Imagine having a new boss who felt the need to watch your every move, including your bathroom breaks. If you’ve ever been in this position before, we imagine you found a loophole at some point because one simply cannot get their work done well without much-needed breaks. As for monitoring bathroom breaks, that simply feels hierarchical in a way that is no longer conducive to healthy work environments. It’s merely invasive. Managers should have way more important priorities on their hands than needing to know whether or not their employees are taking a dump or grabbing a coffee.
To make matters worse, this employee had been working at the company for 18 years without any micromanaging like this. However, his boss left for another job, and the new manager that replaced him was the one who enforced these ridiculous, puritanical rules. He shared his side of the story via this Reddit thread and expressed numerous reasons why this policy was a waste of time. For one, employees were already given a set half hour for lunch every day, so there was no need to notify their manager that they were taking lunch other than to give him a false sense of superiority. As for the bathroom breaks, OP has explained his desire to take it up with HR. Based on the responses of folks in the comments section, many of which are included in the screenshots below, it looks like he is likely to pursue that route given the level of encouragement from others.
Keep scrolling for the full story. For more tales of bad bosses, here’s another one about a manager who ignored their employee’s PTO request and got backlash for it.