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8 Scariest Comments Your Boss Can Make

"You're fired" is scary, but obvious. These eight terrifying phrases could blindside you.
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Halloween is just around the corner, so it's time to talk about scary things. But there are things in this world that are much more frightening than ghosts and ghoulies. There's Kim Kardashian. There's the fact that some people like Kim Kardashian. And then there's your boss.

Even if you've got a great boss who cares about you, your happy life is in his or her hands. As we discovered in the slightly friendly ghost story "A Christmas Carol," your boss has the power to make your day easier or harder. He or she can treat you like a king, but we have to remember that bosses have a boss, too. And sometimes, whether or not it's intentional, your boss is going to make your life miserable.

Just remember: Scares run downhill.

With a single IM, phone call, or menacing shout from behind a closed office door, the boss can start a chain reaction of pain from the penthouse boardroom at corporate HQ to the night shift guy at the branch office in Timbuktu. If you've been in the workforce for even a couple of months, you've seen it firsthand. You might have even helped it happen, as your boss uttered a few short words that turned you into your team's personal Nightmare on Elm Street.

The worst part is that, just like a character in a horror movie, you usually don't suspect much until it's too late. A nice vacation at the lake before graduation turns into a fight for survival with a machete-wielding madman. A normal day at the office becomes a fight to save the project before you and the project get axed.

Here's a list of eight warning signs that your boss is about to make your day scarier than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and possibly just as bloody. We skipped some of the obvious ones like "you're fired" and "we're laying off half the company." We have the subtle ones that might blindside you. Being scared is one thing, but being tricked when you expect a treat just isn't fun.

You can't really avoid them, but you can steel yourself for the inevitable. And if you find yourself hearing them a few too many times, you know it is time to perform an exorcism ... on your job.

Check out the list, and then go into the comments and add the scariest things your boss ever said to you.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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progman2000
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10/30/2014 | 12:05:42 PM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
"Wake up"
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10/30/2014 | 12:05:14 PM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
"Why do we both drive through the same traffic yet one of us is always 20 minutes late to work?"
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10/30/2014 | 12:03:03 PM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
"How many grandmothers do you have?"
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10/30/2014 | 12:01:24 PM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
Yeah I know.  My point was that not all employees are stellar and can play the part of "boss oppressed".  Things I could easily say to prove case in point:

"So, your home computer doesn't get Facebook?"
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10/30/2014 | 11:58:00 AM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
The article -is- about scary comments your boss can make.

However, I bet a 'scary comments your employee can make' would be at least as entertaining! I would definitely read that.
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10/30/2014 | 11:38:34 AM
Re: Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
Funny, these all have the slant of the the employee being a hard worker, turning out great work and the boss being unreasonable.  I'm a manager and could make up a similar list of this I say to subordinates that is a direct reflection of how bad THEIR performance is.  
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10/30/2014 | 10:24:46 AM
Beware of the "Special Projects" Department
During a reorg, hearing  "<insert name here> has been assigned to the new Special Projects department" means s/he probably won't be with the company much longer...

 
Shane M. O'Neill
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10/30/2014 | 9:45:36 AM
Re: 8 Scariest Comments Your Boss Can Make
"Where were you?" is never a good thing to be asked.
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10/30/2014 | 9:00:39 AM
8 Scariest Comments Your Boss Can Make
"Since you were the last one hired, you are the first one fired."  Or, "Do you have a minute?" 
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