A bully boss will go to great lengths to terminate an employee they no longer want. Frequently age discrimination, a kind of senior-employee-phobia, is the root cause. As both a defense lawyer advising companies, and in my role as the Undercover Lawyer advising individuals, I’ve witnessed the following pattern many times:
1.) First Time Supervisor is in his/her 30′s and nervous about being in charge of other employees
2.) First Time Supervisor is intimidated and scared of employees who are in their 50′s and 60′s, but doesn’t want anyone to know it
3.) Employees in their 50′s and 60′s get micro-managed and nit picked by the First Time Supervisor over minuscule issues, which are the only issues the First Time Supervisor understands
4.) Older Employees get sick of being nattered at about non-essential aspects of their jobs
5.) The Older Employees voice their concerns about First Time Supervisor to higher management, exposing gaping holes in the First Time Supervisor’s job knowledge
6.) First Time Supervisor reacts angrily, and starts “writing up” the Older Employees for minuscule mistakes in non-essential areas of their jobs
7.) HR informs the First Time Supervisor that the Senior Employees have too many years of good appraisals to fire them right away for job performance
8.) HR and First Time Supervisor decide to “re-engineer the department” and “flatten the structure” (which means eliminating 2 senior level jobs occupied by older employees)
9.) To discourage the Older Employees from applying for one of the three so-called “new” jobs, the three new jobs pay far less than the two eliminated positions
10.) The pay range of the three new positions are perfectly acceptable to young employees in their 20′s who have roommates to help pay rent and no families to support
11.) This change is reported to the Press and the Government as “utilizing efficiencies for the net creation of one job”
12.) Bullies in other organizati0ns point to “jobs creation” like this as proof that “if you don’t like it here you can just quit and find a position with another company”
Take a look at the video below, then let me know in the comments section if you have seen or experienced this pattern in your own work life.
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