In a previous article, we spoke about 5 types of coworkers everyone hates working with
, but this time it is about bosses. As the saying goes, people quit bosses, not jobs. We spend most of our time at work, hence, the time we spend with our bosses is more than the time we spend with our families. Now, imagine spending all that time with a boss who is a narcissist, belligerent or mean; it is simply soul-crushing. And let’s be honest a bad boss can make the best of jobs horrible and makes a -bad job an absolute nerve-racking nightmare.
When you work with a horrible boss, you are left with no choice, it is all bad scenarios here; you either force yourself to stay because you have financial responsibilities and a family to take care of and in that case you will end up as an unproductive demotivated employee, or you just put your stuff in a cardboard box and leave to face the unknown. The ugly truth is that working with a horrible boss is unavoidable, it will happen to you at some point in your career – unless you are super lucky. So, while you might be familiar with one type or more, these are the models that instead of driving organizational profit will drive the employees mad.
The Credit Stealer
You work on a task or a project day and night, you give it a lot of effort, then your boss claims ownership of the work you have done, just like that! They receive all the praise given and don’t give credit or mention your efforts in front of the upper management. Even worse, you may come up with a brilliant idea which they propose as totally their own.
They are driven by an unstoppable urge to take control of everything, from the smallest to the biggest detail. They fully involve themselves in your work and even the way you get things done. To them, the end result doesn’t matter as much as their complete involvement in the process. They think that their way is the only way that works. Simply, they put their touch on everything, from a simple email to a big proposal.
The word says it all, this type of a boss is full of themselves and always hungry for power. They are not concerned with their employees’ happiness but only their own. They are self-centered, manipulative, and use their team as pawns for their own benefit and success. It’s never about their director reporters but rather about what’s in it for them in every situation. They like to outshine everyone around because they always want to be ahead of everyone else.
Constantly criticizing, berating, and belittling their direct reporters, even worse, they do it publicly. They pass the snarkiest remarks with a sly smile on your face. They would publicly shame you and when or if they were able to apologize for that attitude, it won’t exceed a casual sorry in private. This type is mostly not focused on solving a problem as much as they are focused on giving their team a hard time.
The Over Promising
Disappointing and never true to their words. They are all talks and no action. You walk into their office asking for a raise or a promotion and they watch you walk out of the room with all those sweet dreams, little do you know none of them will come true.
In conclusion, if you are one of these horrible bosses, work on yourself. If you are a victim of one of these bosses, try to find an escape whether through finding a job or until then, switching departments.