Have you ever watched an episode of “The Office” and cringed at something Michael said? If you were an Office fan, you probably found yourself doing that a lot. It seemed insane that the antics Michael pulled didn’t get him in more trouble than it did on the show. Sure, Oscar went to HR when Michael outed him to the office, but even then, Michael really wasn’t reprimanded.
While he’s a funny and endearing character to watch on screen, working for someone like Michael Scott would be incredibly trying, to say the least. Here are five fictional bosses who really ought to consider getting a professional liability insurance policy, for their own good and the good of the company.
Professional Liability Insurance
Before getting into the five fictional bosses discussion, it’s worth learning what exactly professional liability insurance covers. This insurance type offers financial support against liability in the result that your small business is accused of offering poor services and/or products to clients.
Michael Scott—The Office
If you have managed anything, you know it’s not as easy as it looks. Every employee has a different work flow and each has a unique personality and background. Strong, consistent managers are aware of these differences, and are able to get their team to work together. Michael couldn’t always do this with his crew, and when he tried, disaster usually followed. This meant their clients received late shipments on their orders, or worse, having to issue a product recall, costing the company thousands of dollars.
Ron Swanson—Parks and Recreation
Ron has to keep his deputy director Leslie Knope reigned in at all times, but he rarely (never) succeeds in doing this. Leslie is a rambunctious and spirited parks employee who tends to get caught up in parks dilemmas that make the Pawnee community upset. When she married two male penguins, one such community member petitioned to have her resign. Ron consistently goes to bat for Leslie in the series, recognizing her strengths as an employee and knowing she does what she does to make the town better. Because Leslie has a talent of ruffling feathers, professional liability insurance is a guaranteed way of protecting her job and the parks department if they’re sued.
Sam, a retired MLB pitcher who opened his own bar employs some colorful wait staff. There’s the naïve and ignorant bartender, Woody, and Carla, a violent and foul-mouthed waitress. Carla harasses and berates customers, and never lets the other waitress, Diane, end her shift without a slew of insults. If a waitress openly attacked a patron, you can bet the establishment would get sued. How was it that Sam got away with it for so long?
Mr. Burns—The Simpsons
A recurring character on “The Simpsons,” Mr. Burns owns the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and treats his employees poorly and unfairly, to put it mildly. Known for sicking his hounds on employees and potential business connections, Mr. Burns doesn’t care if there are repercussions, he’s rich, so who cares? But really though, it’s only a matter of time before the community has had enough, and the county sues, right?
Bob Belcher—Bob’s Burgers
Despite trying to be a good dad and an even better cook, Bob employs his three children at his restaurant, Bob’s Burgers. Between his 9-year-old daughter Louise writing vulgar messages on the chalkboard, his son Gene handing out spoiled food samples, and his eldest Tina making the customers uncomfortable, there’s a reason Bob doesn’t get a whole lot of business.
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