Saturday, May 8, 2010


Now that I'm among the 9% of Americans who are unemployed, I'm visiting a lot of job sites on the internet. I run across many, many great employment articles. Here are highlights from one that some of you may find interesting. It's titled, What Makes A Boss Bad. Click on the link if you want to read the whole article.

•Love brownnosers, tattletales, and relatives who report to them. They choose favorite employees and cover up and make excuses for the poor work of their incompetent favorites. They ignore selected people and discriminate against many employees.

•Fail to communicate, and may not even have, expectations, timelines or goals. Bad bosses change their minds frequently leaving employees off-balance. Bad bosses change expectations and deadlines frequently.

•Use disciplinary measures inappropriately when simple, positive communication would correct the problem. Bad bosses ignore employees until there is a problem, then pounce.

•Speak loudly, rudely, one-sidedly to staff. Bad bosses don't provide the air time for staff to respond to accusations and comments. They intimidate people and bully staff. They allow other employees to bully employees.

•Take credit for the successes and positive accomplishments of employees. They are equally as quick to blame employees when something goes wrong.

•Fail to provide rewards or recognition for positive employee performance.
These six were the top "bad boss" characteristics cited by readers. The following came up less frequently but were contributed by more than one reader. The bad boss:

•Is not qualified for the boss job by either skills or experience.

•Will not let go of problems or mistakes. The bad boss returns to discuss negative events continually and searches for faults in employees.

•Will not accept constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. The bad boss can't deal with disagreement from employees who have their own opinions about work related issues.

•Lacks integrity, breaks promises, and is dishonest.

•Does not have the courage to deal with a difficult situation despite knowing that it is the right thing to do.

•Causes dissension among staff members by his or her actions and comments.

My job counselor at the Missouri Employment Office will be glad that I'm keeping these things in mind during my job search.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ha! Ha! This points squarely between my boss's eyes. I'm not telling you who he is (you know him). Don't need the retribution, if you know what I mean.