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MANAGER SCOLDS TEAM WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, THEN RETURNS TO CLAIM CREDIT WHEN IT’S SOLVED

Have you experienced toxicity in any of your past or current workplaces? If yes, how bad was it?

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In my first job, I had a manager who was undoubtedly, one of the worst person I had the pleasure of working with.

He always gaslighted my team when things go wrong and then claim credit after when the problems are rectified, always claiming that he had to interfere to “clean up our act”.

Best part was that the instructions he gave was always unclear and ambiguous, and he always flared up when we tried to ask for more clarification. This led to my team having to guess our way into solving the problem, regularly opening opportunities for him to gaslight and claim credit.

And he was a coward through and through. When other manager came to publicly shame my team for minor errors, he never once stood up for us. He sometimes even joined in the fun.

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This led to my team being the punching bag of my department. At least one employee in the past has left because of that.

He had a lot of bad habits which I will not elaborate further, but his poor leadership and management had led the department to a high turnover rate, especially my team.

After slightly more than a year of my resignation, all of my ex-colleagues have left. Everyone in my old team now is fresh grad and less than 1 year of experience because of my ex-manager.

My mom says that this (toxic work culture) is the norm in workplaces, especially in corporate jobs. So now, I want to know how common is toxic workplaces in SG and how bad is it.

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