Verbal reprimands are usually a sign of a toxic workplace… with screaming, yelling, or explosive tantrums from your boss being a sure sign that you should start looking for a new place to work. Now, that doesn’t mean that every piece of feedback falls under this category. Sure, it might not feel great when your boss tells you you’ve made a mistake or that you need to up your game… even if the Chief Executive answers to someone and feedback is literally just a part of the job. It can get confusing, though, when you get feedback that you should have done something that you already did or receive instructions to do something that you’ve already doing. Especially when this feedback is given to you in a loud and forceful manner, it can make you wonder if your boss is actually trying to improve things or if they just like hearing the sound of their own voice.
This IT professional shared their account of being verbally reprimanded by their boss in front of their coworkers, telling them loudly that they should have taken care of something that they had already sorted “a month ago.” They had the receipts and could prove that the work had been done, while their boss struggled to provide the source who had told them that the alleged issue was still present.
See their post below, along with some of the responses it generated on the online community where it was posted.