Jamaican Workplace: My Journey, horrible boss syndrome

Workplace Harassment: Employees Don’t Quit their Job, They Quit their Bosses

Employees don’t quit their jobs, they quit their boss.

I read this statement in an article written by Alison McMahon on LinkedIn and I agree with it, 100%.

“Being in the working world for more than a 13 years, has given me too many experiences with incompetent, vindictive, verbally abusive and demanding bosses. Therefore, I have left many a position simply because of my boss.”

Years ago, I was dealing with a horrible boss whose actions hampered how I operate, my productivity levels and my peace of mind.

Migraine is a word I grew intimate with, because they are largely caused from the stress experienced; having to deal with my boss’s antics, at the office.

It all became too much.

I couldn’t cope with the harassment and vindictive behavior anymore, so I sent in my complaint and official report to HR. The stress went through the roof. Back then, even though I wanted to move on, the Jamaican job market did not allow for that.

I grit my teeth and bore the painful grievance process.

Very few companies in Jamaica have what most employees would define as an ideal work environment.

Many Jamaican companies have this ‘backra massa’ management mentality.

Your experience at work, is often just 50 shades less than slavery itself. Managers have these delusional misconceptions and so they verbally abuse their employees, make their lives a living hell and force them to quit out of frustration.

It is true, majority of Jamaican managers are promoted into these positions; they are not trained for it.

There is a learning curve; however, supervised employees usually suffer while these bosses learn. But most times, the culture takes root and if there is a ‘backra massa’ management mentality embedded in the organization then, purgatory would be better in comparison.

First world countries seem to have their priorities in order and from my experience, the employee is not treated as a minion – even though he is – but an equal partner.

When I worked for a company in the USA, I visited their office and it was heaven, compared to the one in Jamaica.

To me it was like visiting Google after being at Shoppers Fair.

It is important to note that when employees land the jobs that they have, it means they must have been deemed qualified. They would not be working for an organization if they were not found to be competent or capable.

This means that they can find alternative positions in other companies and quit their bosses.


Many people suffer in silence; ridden by stress and abuse.

Workplace harassment is a reality. It is abuse just like physical abuse! We should not tolerate it, just because someone is paying us every month. I encourage you to rise up and protect yourselves.

Report it and stop this immoral occurrence in the workplace.


She has published several books of poetry including ‘Jamaican Honey and Sauce’, Jamaican Pebbles, Love under the Caribbean Stars and Jamaican Pebbles: Poetry Pocketbook.

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe


One thought on “Workplace Harassment: Employees Don’t Quit their Job, They Quit their Bosses

  1. africanherbsman1967 says:

    In Jamaica many are promoted to up the managerial chain based on their qualifications, latest exam results and not their competence or acumen. So they have no desire to be an effective and genuine manager but only to be “the barse” that delegates everything, takes all the credit and does nothing of real substance.


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