10 Worst Employees

Supervisors, are your employees the worst?  After reading Careerbuilder.com’s new annual list of the Top 10 Worst Employees, you’re likely to agree that the people in your workplace aren’t really that bad.  What makes an employee bad enough to be considered “the worst”?  One common thread is criminality.  That’s right, if your employees commit major felonies or crimes of a despicable nature, they’ve at least got a shot.

Of particular interest to me was Worst Employee # 6–Food TV’s own Robert Irvine.  As I reported yesterday, Irvine embellished and fabricated the more impressive parts of his résumé, including claiming to have cooked for the British royal family.  According to the list, Irvine also *misstated* his credentials when he represented that he had catered for four U.S. presidents and helped to make Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake.  When the falsities were discovered, he was pulled from the series but was reinstated this week by the apparently forgiving Food Network.

Here are the top 5 worst employees on the list (without the individual’s name, though, which is included on Careerbuilder.com’s original list of worst employees:

1.  After seeing an ad in the paper for a job that sounded like hers, this architect thought her company was planning to fire her. For revenge, she attempted to sabotage the Jacksonville, Fla.-based business by destroying $2.5 million worth of computer files. She told investigators she went into work over the weekend, got angry, disconnected internal power cables and deleted files from the server. She was arrested and charged with damaging computer equipment.

2.  This deputy coroner of Augusta, Ga., plead guilty to stealing $325 in gift cards from a deceased woman. She obtained the woman’s personal belongings after her death; her family alerted authorities that the gift cards might be missing. She was sentenced to seven years probation and ordered to pay back the $325 within 90 days and pay $5,000 in fines.

3.  Four employees of the Marion County (Fla.) Emergency Medical Services Alliance, including firefighters and EMTs, were arrested and accused of grand theft for collecting pay upwards of $20,000 per person for hours they didn’t work. A police news release stated that several part-time EMS paramedics were clocking in for each other, exchanging badges and not actually working the hours for which they were paid. All employees have resigned or been suspended without pay from their full-time jobs.

4.  A judge in Niagara Falls, N.Y., was hearing domestic-violence cases in his courtroom when a cell phone rang. After no one owned up to the phone, the judge “snapped” and jailed all 46 people who were in the courtroom. New York’s top court removed him as a city court judge, saying punishing innocent people is “inexcusable.”

5.  In an FBI affidavit, this bank-teller supervisor admitted to taking $10,000 at a time over several years from the Westminster, Md., bank where she worked as a teller. She told investigators that she used the money for vacations, bills and college tuition for her kids. She is facing federal embezzlement charges of more than $1 million.

It’s one week after Thanksgiving but it’s not too late to be thankful for the wonderful people in your workplace.

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