Every time I drove into the car park and I saw his car there I would get a pain in my stomach.
I was the financial controller of this sizeable operation and while it was a great role for my career CV it was tough going at times.
The culture was very strange as the MD used have moles everywhere running to him with selective tales about what was going on. I’m not sure if he realised it at the time but many of the cute ones used this opportunity to manipulate things for their benefit – it created a really awful atmosphere for everyone.
His secretary was the worst of all as she ran to him with everything, even things that she overheard incorrectly. Before you knew it people were being hauled into his office to answer for things that had never happened. As a result this young girl who was totally manipulated was despised in the place.
I was summoned to his office ..what’s up now??
“I’m no longer happy with my secretary and I want you to get rid of her. My wife will come in and replace her for a while” I was told.
I questioned what she had done that was so wrong as I felt this was a basic piece of information that was needed before we could do anything.
“Just get rid of her” I was told.
The culture at the time was very ‘macho’ – if you were a real manager and had “balls” you should be able to do things like that in your stride.
I was in the horrors. How could I do such a thing without any justification? I just couldn’t.
I never fired her and thankfully some other opportunity popped up in the organisation that she was interested in soon after that – phew!
Thankfully those ‘macho’ management bullying days are a thing of the past ….aren’t they?