It’s no surprise that someone who isn’t qualified for their management position might not be very good at doing it—what’s surprising is the vigor that these people display when doing petty and cruel things to their subordinates, wielding and abusing every last shred of stupid power they have with enthusiasm.
At least in functional organizations, there are checks and balances to the abuse of power in the form of HR departments and upper managers who at least have an interest in reducing the organization’s liabilities.
This delegate shared their experience of handling a nepo-hire boss, who refused to let another worker, Max, take their bereavement leave, repeatedly insisting that the worker provide evidence of their grandmother’s untimely demise. When the delegate pointed out to the boss that the organization hadn’t been following or recording Max’s leave property, which according to their contract, meant that they couldn’t be stopped from taking bereavement, the boss still refused to relent. It was time to go over her head—luckily, an upcoming meeting with the company’s executives would set things right.
Read on for the delegate’s tale of malicious compliance, originally shared with the popular Reddit sub of the same name.