Monday, September 09, 2013

Have you ever had a really bad boss?

I have. Oh, believe me, I have.

And apparently so have a lot of other people. There's even a website devoted to the subject:, "Protecting People and Companies from Difficult Bosses." did an internet survey asking people why they would like to can their boss. According to AP, "Nearly a third said they didn't trust their employer. About a-quarter of those who responded cite their supervisor's micromanaging.

Another ten percent said the boss was taking credit for the ideas and work of others. More than a thousand people responded to the online
survey, which was designed by the human resource consulting
company, Development Dimensions International."

According to Badbossology, these are the most common bad boss behaviors:

--Reports and Surveys
--Harassment; Discrimination
--Inadequate Compensation
--Not Respecting Legal Rights
--Privacy Invasion

Having a bad boss is a really terrible feeling. Fortunately, I can name only one boss (and I won't mention his name here) that made my work life so unhappy that I actually dreaded coming to work. Also, fortunately, he wasn't my boss for long--just a little over a year.

I can vividly remember the day I found out he was leaving. I really wanted to throw a party! His last day on the job was a joyful one for me and my co-workers, all of whom were more than happy to see his departing backside.

And I would have to say, along with having a terrible personality and zero people skills, this boss's chief fault was his micromanaging. He was a serious control freak. I have often wondered how people who have no gift for interacting with other people end up in positions of power.

Of course, I have also had some wonderful bosses...ones who were characterized by good leadership skills but also flexibility, kindness, and the ability to delegate and not micro-manage. Thank the Lord for good bosses!

How about you? Have you had a really awful boss...or an exceptionally good one? I'd love to hear your stories!


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

At 60 years of age, I have had good and bad. Presently I have a really great one...because he understands his employees are part of his is not all about him. He is a servant-leader in every way...and those are the best!

I hope you will stop by and enter to win the necklace I am giving is stunning! Have a great week!

Cindy Swanson said...

Servant-leader!!! That's the key to being an amazing boss.

Just entered your contest!

Chris said...

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a joyful nusiance said...

Thankfully I have never had a bad boss.....well except this one principle I had worked for at this Christian school. ;) jk

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