Dear Supervisors of (insert employer’s name here),
I realize what a difficult job it is to supervise, I do. I’ve been a middle-management supervisor myself, and it sucks. Keeping that in mind, I thought I would offer a little advice.
Don’t call the workers morons and retards because you don’t like something they’ve done, even if it isn’t to their faces. And when I tell you- politely and mildly- that I don’t like it when people call each other “morons” and “retards,” don’t snap my head off and tell me that you don’t care whether or not it bothers me, you’ll say it if you want. This is perhaps not the best approach. I must say, having worked for years with people who are mentally retarded, that they are far nicer people than you are. You’ve just lost my respect.
Don’t chastise me for helping another worker when his clock card- which needs to be scanned before orders can be picked- is missing and he can’t find it. You couldn’t be bothered to help him look; you’d rather discuss burning CDs with someone else. When you finally come over to help us search, don’t belittle that coworker- who is only a kid- to me. If you’re having a bad day, I’d be happy to listen. We all have bad days. But don’t take your bad day out on this kid, and don’t take it out on me. If you care nothing for anyone else, then think about how thoroughly inappropriate and unprofessional you are being.
To summarize: it is not okay to call people idiots, morons, retards, or to imply that they will be worthless for the rest of their lives. Nor is it a crime to show a little humanity, a little compassion, when someone makes a mistake or is in a bind. I’m willing to bet that you’ve been there too at some point. Know that when you come up to me later and make friendly conversation as a way of mending fences, I’ll let you do it, but I’ll also remember what you’ve done, and think a little less of you in the future.