It’s quite clear that there is a little legal bond between employers and employees in South Africa. I mean, there’s a huge problem of unemployment in the country for such thing to exist. Getting a job is a big deal in the country, and it is understandable, unrealistic for anybody to bother, or ask for well established reciprocal rights and obligations between the employee and their bosses. The former are humbly at the receiving end of the deal, and ought to be grateful to own a job.

That’s the way things are. There’s almost no employment relationship, it’s impossible for most workers to boast of any rights and benefits associated with their employment status, social security is nothing, and there’s usually, absolutely no key point of reference whatsoever, for determining the nature and extent of employer’s rights and obligation towards their workers. With that, the country has a unique history of angry and dependent workers. Some are quite fortunate as they can stage a protest and gain insignificant attention. Others, however, must see their bosses as gods, and the annoying gods often anger their helpless worshipers to quit the jobs.

Based on a mini-survey we conducted all-over the country, the top 20 things South African bosses do to excessively piss-off their employees to such extent they quit their jobs are as listed below.

1. Assigning many tasks with an immediate deadline. A respondent stated; “He will tell me to do everything and to do them now! And he smiles into his eyes every-time so I left and didn’t tell him I was going”.

2. Calling the workers lazy.

3. Accepting too many clients than usual and making promises that are impossible to keep to customers.

4. Telling workers they’ll be fired in the presence of other workers.

5. Always saying the workers did a poor job.

6. Ignoring a worker’s late coming habit and shouting at another for doing same only once.

7. Promising salary increase after a short time, and pretending it was never mentioned for a long time. One o the respondents here added; “He even can’t tell my name, and was saying I just started yesterday.”

8. Pretending they don’t know it is time to pay – “He wants me to beg him to make the payment, I saw a new job and left.”

9. Allowing a worker to take a long break and denying others to take a short one even when it’s highly necessary.

10. Always forgetting the name of workers – “I think they deliberately do this to make you feel you’re not relevant, if you’re not relevant you’ll not ask for pay increase” One worker shared.

11. Always asking of the opinion of the most beautiful worker only.

12. Supporting A in a dispute with B instead of moderately resolving the dispute.

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13. Always asking workers to ask for your view on how to get certain things done, and shouting at them when they do.

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