As much as I hate to admit it, there are some absolute knob jockeys in our industry. Sorry to those 99.4% of you who aren’t… knob jockeys I mean…
The trouble is most of the knob jockeys seem to be bosses & managers… and it’s time to call them out!
I’ve been lucky enough to be in recruitment for around 20 years… and in the rec2rec niche for just on 4 years. I speak to recruiters every single working day of my life. I hear all kinds of stories – most of them I take with a grain of salt… (and a double bourbon…) but in those rare occasions where 3 or 4 people corroborate a story… well… I’m a believer. (Not a Belieber… That would be A) Stupid to admit if it were true… B) Totally irrelevant to this post… and C) Ummm… just forget I mentioned it at all… ok?).
So… here’s where I share with you a couple of the worst examples? Obviously I’m talking about horrible recruitment bosses – not Justin Bieber singles…
- No Billings – No Seat – Yes… you read correctly… and I heard this story from 3 different people. This agency has a bigger problem retaining staff than Lance Armstrong does with telling the truth. The scenario goes a little like this. First day on the job… you rock up to work ready to take on the world… Ummm… you knock politely on the door of the Manager’s office… “Excuse me Mr Grinch.’ You begin timidly. ‘There doesn’t seem to be a chair at my desk…’ ‘That’s correct!’ comes the haughty reply. ‘And you don’t get one until you make a deal.’ Don’t get one until you make a deal??? Is he for real? I’m afraid he is… and worse still, the longer it takes to make that deal, the more Mr Grinch humiliates his staff. Continually pointing out to the rest of the office that you don’t have a chair yet… ‘And you know what that means…’ It gets worse. Mr Grinch continues the unbridled degradation by systematically taking away more of your tools… a fan… a calculator… coffee cup… Until finally you are left with nothing but a Yellow Pages and a phone… How’s that for knob jockey
- You can be my Fall Guy – This one’s a little closer to home, because funnily enough… it happened to me. At the time I was a Regional Manager at a Global Recruitment Business. I led a Sales Team of 15 guys who had just beaten budget. And it was a substantial budget. The rest of the business wasn’t doing very well. My Manager asked me to come to the office for a meeting on a Saturday Morning. I dutifully turned up… expecting… I don’t know… praise?… a promotion?… a raise even?… I was ever so slightly off the mark. I was given a formal warning. The official reason he gave me was that 2 of my staff had individually failed to make budget and I hadn’t sufficiently performance managed them. Hmmmm… Then he told me off the record that the real reason was that he was under pressure from the Global Owner to come down hard, or he would be out of a job. He told me that he feared he would be replaced by me, so instead of disciplining the underperforming managers it made more strategic sense to weaken my position… Oh yeh… did I mention he delivered all of this in a backward turned red baseball cap, a lycra cycling vest and a very smug smile on his face? Seriously… the only thing that gets turned on in a room when he’s in there naked… is the shower.
- Big Brother is Watching – Look… I’m not advocating personal emails in the workplace… but… If you don’t have enough trust in the staff working for you to do their job then I think you maybe the one with the problem. Seriously… This Manager spends all day… every day in his office… with the door closed… watching every email that comes in and out business. That’s close to 20 staff… Why? You tell me… But let’s face it – it’s not a great advertisement for good consultants, to join… or stay…
Many of us have war stories about our own Really Horrible Recruitment Bosses… and I would love to hear your story. Please comment… or send me your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will publish the best stories for The Written Reference community to vote on a winner… So, come on. Let’s hear your stories (no names of Managers or Businesses if you please!).