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The 13th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Hire-to-Harm Manager

It's generally considered poor employee management to allegedly attempt to motivate employees by causing them serious physical harm.

Today’s post is a lesson in how not manage a poor performing employee.
Believe it or not, it’s generally considered poor employee management to attempt to motivate employees by causing them serious physical harm. It’s even worse when that serious physical harm results in an employee’s death.
From Cleveland.com:

A Solon man who hired a handyman to do some yard work around an Elyria convenience store is accused of conspiring with two men to hurt him, resulting in the handyman’s death, Elyria police say.
Willie Fisher, 46, of Lakewood, was found shot dead about 6:30 p.m. Friday behind the Convenient Food Mart on East Avenue near Fuller Road, police said.
During the course of their investigation, police learned that Fisher was hired as a handyman to do some yard work around the store by 56-year-old Bruce Arnoff, of Solon, a news release from the Elyria police department says.
Arnoff became upset with Fisher, and he asked two East Cleveland men, 29-year-old John Sullivan and 18-year-old Saint-Velle Pruitt, to “cause serious physical harm” to Fisher, police said. Their actions resulted in Fisher’s death.

The Convenient Food Mart is not directly owned by Arnoff, property records show. It’s unclear if he is an employee at the business or works for a third party that hired Fisher.

If you (allegedly) cause the death of an employee by (allegedly) hiring two men to rough him up as a workplace motivational tool, you might be the worst employer of 2018.

Previous nominees:

The 1st Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Holy Harasser

The 2nd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Arresting School Board

The 3rd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Camera Creep

The 4th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the (in)Humane Society Harasser

The 5th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Political Pension Preventer

The 6th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Sadistic Sergeant

The 7th Nominee for Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Pregnancy Provoker

The 8th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Age Discriminator

The 9th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Retaliator

The 10th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Whitewasher

The 11th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Supervisor Supremacist

The 12th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Soulless Supervisor

Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.

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