… the HR Minion. Because even minions have opinions. And giggles.

You call that onboarding?


Just a quick little story to get your brain hurting for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.

Here it is:
Manager brings on a couple of temporary employees to take on some neccessary, albiet tedious, tasks on a project in order to make sure everything is ready to go when the project rolls out. Makes sense, clear expectations, everything is going smoothly. Then, while training those temporary employees, the manager lets it slip that the previous employee handling this step of the process is no longer with the company. That, in fact, that employee had committed suicide a week ago. They then proceed to share details. Dude. Dude. Not cool.

So, there you have it, now I want to hear any bad onboarding stories you have. Hit me up in the comments and the best (worst?) one will earn yourself some yummy homemade fudge I am making this week. Yummy fudge will make everything better.

5 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 David Porter :

    Company brings on new administrative assistant. During the first week, she leaves the work area and building at 10a; 12p & 3p without fail. Behavior seems odd because the company is located in industrial park so few people leave. Suspicions arise she is either drinking or using drugs making these departures necessary. When asked about why she is leaving, she says she has to go to the bathroom and no one showed her where the restroom was located. In fact, it was in an obscure place in the building and was not well marked. Upon showing her where the bathroom was located, the departures ended immediately.

  • 2 HR Minion :

    David – The best part of this story is that they went straight to drug use and she never asked where the bathroom is. 🙂 Good stuff.

  • 3 Steve Boese :

    My story was nuts, it is pretty long and I posted the story on my blog a few months ago. Essentially on my first day of work at my first 'real' job a few of the supervisors took me an alcohol heavy lunch, followed by happy hour and even more drinking at (unknown to me at the time) was the most popular gay bar in Newark, NJ. Good times!

  • 4 Deborah Herman :

    My daughter had what she still calls "the most miserable 2 weeks" of her life at a small family owned company she was placed at as a temp to perm. The husband said she was going to work with his wife to lighten her workload. She was never introduced to her co-workers, she had to share a desk with someone and they gave her a STOOL to sit on. She never did any of the things she was hired for – then they started acting confused about what they were going to do with her. They started hinting that they might give her a job that was salaried and required her to work nearly 12 hrs/day. She called the staffing co. to let them know what was going on and he fluffed it off telling her (basically) to suck it up. When she finally got up the nerve to openly discuss her concerns with the wife – she was told the next day that "it just isn't working out" and she was let go. The staffing guy called her after she left and said he placed someone else there and they quit too. We think the wife really didn't want the help and purposely made it miserable so she could get rid of her!

  • 5 HR Minion :

    Steve – There are many reasons why that story is so funny. 🙂

    Deborah – Ah, that sucks. Nothing worse than coming into a job and being pushed around like that.