Male boss: You use big words that make people feel stupid.
Me: What words? Which people?
Co-worker, later: Boss means you make him feel stupid.
Annette Mertens shared this bit of feedback from her boss on a LinkedIn post by Kieran Synder, the CEO of Textio. Snyder shared some of her nightmare experiences, including this gem:
“Great year! We’re not promoting you because you’re pregnant, but good news! It’s possible we’ll promote you when you’re not pregnant anymore. Then again, it’s also possible we won’t, because babies.”
These are two examples of horrible things that some bosses think are okay feedback.