Annoying Employers: Commission-Only Pay, Demands for In-Office Presence and Daily Huddles

Alexei Sorokin
4 min readFeb 23, 2024

I initially named this story “Asshole Employers…” but it wouldn’t be fair to the ones I worked with. After all, they were mostly nice to me. However, some of their approaches to work and management were highly annoying.

Let’s start with the least controversial trait on the list — demanding in-office presence. It’s only in the last three years that remote work has become a norm in many workplaces. Or hybrid, or distributed — most of these formats would have been exotic in previous…

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/