Have you ever had a bad boss that resulted in you to wanting to quit? Are you worried that you might be falling short of your duties as a boss and wonder what exactly defines a bad boss? I recently read an article that rounded up responses from a survey on the actions (or lack there of) of a bad boss;
1. Play favorites. There is no level playing field with bad managers. They don’t have any impartial system in place for handing out promotions, big projects or even parking spaces.
2. Send emails at 2 a.m. Bosses who communicate this way make employees feel they’re never away from the job and compel others to be just as obnoxious. Vacations? Sick? No matter. You’re going to get emails so that you always feel like you’re being monitored.
3.Focus on weaknesses. Your performance review makes you feel angry or depressed. Your every flaw seems to be documented by the NSA, while the good things you’ve done barely rate a passing mention. A performance evaluation should be well-balanced and any feedback throughout the year should also point out what you’re doing right.
4. Are secretive. Bosses who hide behind their desks and don’t share industry news, company changes or the business strategy are being petty and selfish. While they certainly can’t share some information, employees who feel they’re working in the dark will soon seek the light — and find another job.
5. Are inflexible. Employees are asked to work erratic hours to keep up with international demands or scheduling changes, yet these bosses balk any time a worker needs to work from home or leave early to take care of a family issue. Bosses who won’t deal with workers and their needs individually are using a double standard that is unfair and short-sighted.
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How would you define a bad boss?