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3 Characteristics of a Bad Boss

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Bad bosses can make your work life pretty miserable, making you hate a job you once loved and taking away your motivation to do a good work. But what makes these bad bosses so bad? The Harvard Business Review did 360 qualitative interviews to find out which characteristics of bosses people find most unpleasant.

Bad bosses can make your work life pretty miserable, making you hate a job you once loved and taking away your motivation to do a good work. But what makes these bad bosses so bad? The Harvard Business Review did 360 qualitative interviews to find out which characteristics of bosses people find most unpleasant.

  1. Body language and tone: Even when some bosses try to hide it, their distaste still manages to come across in their body language and tone of voice. Without even meaning to, they can come off rude and condescending with simple facial expressions like furrowed brows and scowls.
  2. Interrupting the creative process: A good boss allows people to feel secure about their jobs and shows them encouragement while they are in the midst of their own creative process. On the other hand, a bad boss interrupts the process by making employees feel nervous by not listening to ideas, interrogating and having unfair expectations.
  3. Inconsistency: An inconsistent boss makes everyone nervous. A bad boss treats the management team differently than other employees and often has outrageous reactions to situations that don’t warrant it. This forces employees to walk on eggshells and creates an environment of nervousness and tension. A good boss is one who treats everyone with the same respect and manages to stay cool, calm and collected.

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“HANDS-ON” v. “HANDS-OFF” Most business owners/managers would probably think of their “style” as one of these two phrases often followed by an explanation and also using other qualities. These other things may or may not be related, but I believe they should be put in the mix. MANAGERIAL BALANCE: So in conclusion, I feel rather than listing characteristics of a bad boss, it’s better to exemplify THE GOOD BOSS. Afterall, bank tellers are trained to identify legitimate currency from counterfeit by having them handle only THE REAL THING. This way, when they are handed a counterfeit bill, it will strike… Read more »

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When others who have the same job as yourself, for example, custodian staff and she wants everyone to toss the trash except in your area.  Your area is the area that makes a true impression on people walking into the company for the first time and they see that the janitor has not picked up the trash because the supervisor says to custodian do not toss trash.  She is inconsistent with the custodial staff.  She needs to keep everyone the same.  Her reasoning is illogical by not tossing the trash.  Her expectations were lower.  Signs of bad boss, inconsistency, takes… Read more »

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