A BOSS who is harsh but fair is rubbish compared to a boss who is unfair but lenient, employees have agreed.
The first type of boss, which many superiors aspire to be, always loses out to the second type because the first type will still end up telling you off.
Account manager Helen Archer said: “We’ve all met harsh-but-fair. He’ll tear a strip off you when you fuck up but ultimately it’s your own fault, and makes you try harder.
“However the boss who, while unfair, is lenient with it – like my current boss Jane – is actually far preferable because you might get blamed for something you didn’t do but there’s no comeback.
“Take last week, when she called me in to tell me off for not sorting the client rota, which isn’t my responsibility and I’ve never done, but offered no punishment and in fact let me go home early.
“Meanwhile Neil took the rap for losing the Metzler account, which was all me, but she waved it away airily and said it didn’t matter. It’s great.”
Boss Stephen Malley said: “At work I’m harsh but fair, and everyone thinks I’m a bastard and invites Jane for drinks and not me. Which is harsh. But fair.”