You’re Allergic to Ragweed? Employee Discovers How This Plant Is the Perfect Toxic Boss Deterrent

Toxic bosses are among the major reasons why employees leave their jobs. According to DDI research, 57% of employees leave their jobs because of their boss.

“The research makes a clear case that we should stop using the term ‘soft skills’ to describe what are really critical leadership skills,” said Stephanie Neal, director of DDI’s Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER). “How leaders manage their emotions and how they make other people feel are the strongest drivers of talent retention. This leadership study gives an inside glimpse into the emotions surrounding frontline leaders to help organizations pinpoint the crucial gaps where people need more support.”

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Among the traits of a toxic boss are:

  1. Destroys team creativity
  2. Doesn’t accept mistakes and accountability
  3. No interest in the personal lives and growth of the employees
  4. Uses fear to force workers to do as he wants
  5. Does not care to listen to employee’s concerns

But in this post from an Original Poster with the username u/GuiltyServer, their toxic boss got what he deserved for refusing to listen to the reasonableness of OP’s request.

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Published on Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance, OP shared the following details: “I work in an office building, think maze of cubicles in a floor rented by the company but owned by the building. My supervisor is a warden wannabe, and for that, we’ll call him Warden. He patrols the cubicles looking for any excuse to verbally degrade anyone. Phone buzzing? He’ll pay you a visit. Getting up for the bathroom? He’ll be waiting for you to get back, you get the picture. Recently the building moved us to the first floor to make some repairs to what I believe was the sprinkler system and A/C. We were the smallest company on the floor, so we got put into what I assume used to be some room to house custodial or mechanical supplies. It’s small, nearly all concrete, and smells like chemicals and rust.”

According to OP, there was an ugly concrete indented hole in the wall of the new office space. So, out of her antipathy for wasting space, she talked to Warden to see if she could put up a small poster to cover the hole. However, their boss quickly replied that it was against company policy and that she should “check company policy before asking such stupid questions.”

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What OP did was go to HR and inquire about rules on plants, and they answered that she could have any plant as long as they were not enormous or in poor health. And so OP chose a ragweed plant and placed the potted plant in the hole.

And OP continued in her post with a note of mischief, “If you aren’t familiar with ragweed, it’s a pretty bad allergen, and, wouldn’t ya know it, Warden has an allergy to pollen, and this plant triggered it. He was reaming [sic] when he saw it and yelled at me to get rid of it, but I told him I checked with HR and it was approved. He ended up leaving in the early afternoon due to feeling ‘unwell.'”

Since then, Warden has avoided OP’s area. As for the ragweed, it grew to be about a foot tall, so OP transferred it to a bigger pot on her back deck, where it continued its lovely growth. OP finally had her chance to pay back their boss for his toxicity.

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