Two company managers in the US obviously haven't tuned into the body of knowledge on how to retain staff and create a happy and respectful workplace atmosphere.
Recently in Illinois the owner of a convenience store chain, Q-C Mart, decided to run a competition between employees at his stores, whereby he sent around an email announcing: "New contest - Guess the next cashier who will be fired!"
The email also said that the owner would be deploying mystery shoppers to his stores in order to find out which employees were violating management rules, such as wearing the incorrect uniform, and using their mobile phone at work.
The announcement went on to say:
"To win our game, write on a piece of paper the name of the next cashier you believe will be fired.... If the name in your envelope has the right answer, you will win $10 CASH. Only one winner per firing unless there are multiple right answers with the exact same name, date, and time. Once we fire the person, we will open all the envelopes, award the prize, and start the contest again."
Not surprisingly, the email went viral after one of the cashiers quit, filed an official complaint, and posted the email online.
Further, the employee lodged an application for unemployment benefits from her employer, but the compensation claim was challenged by Q-C Mart on the grounds that the employee had voluntarily quit.
However, administrative judge Susan Ackerman later sided with the employee, and instructed the convenience store chain to pay up. The judge also commented the contest had "clearly created a hostile work environment" by "suggesting its employees turn on each other for a minimal monetary prize".
Another workplace incident to go viral this week was the email sent around to more than 60 staff at PR firm Beckerman, by a boss who took the presence of milk very seriously.
As reported by news blog Gawker, the chief executive threatened employees with the sack if he caught anyone finishing the milk and not immediately replacing it.
'I have repeatedly requested until I am blue in the face that the person that finishes the milk must replace the milk,' the email read.
With just "three drops" left for his morning coffee, he continued: "The person that did this is either incredibly lazy, obnoxiously selfish or woefully devoid of intelligence - 3 traits that are consistent with the profile of FORMER Beckerman employees. I'm not joking. You will be fired for not replacing the milk, and have fun explaining that one to your next employer."
When asked by local media to comment, the CEO said "the message to everyone here was that behavior in the office that reflects selfishness and lack of respect for fellow employees is unacceptable".