From the control freak to the space cadet, everyone has a story about a difficult boss. That’s because on the spectrum of average to totally psychotic, there are a huge range of bosses that no-one wants to work with. So in case you’re wondering who to work with next, here are six types of bosses worth avoiding. Hopefully none of them sound familiar.
1. The BFF Boss
Think no further than David Brent in the Office for this one. The best friend forever boss will avoid difficult and confrontational conversations refuse to make the hard calls. The BFF boss just wants to be liked, included and respected, but they try too hard for it, coming across as desperate and out of touch.
Bosses need to be able to make rational decisions, sometimes quickly, on both a small and large scale. When this can’t be done, employees can’t get on with their jobs or move the company forward. And when decisions like firing a staff member need to be made for the good of the company, the best friend boss is a huge road block.
2. The Workaholic
Whether it’s on holidays overseas or at 2:00am on a weekday, contacting staff and expecting them to be available at all hours is a huge frustration for staff who are trying to relax. Regardless of what hours the boss keeps, expecting the same of employees (when they’re not on call) is irritating. Because let’s face it, if the boss is calling while you’re on holiday, it’s not going to be to offer a pay rise.
3. The Control Freak
A control freak or micromanaging boss is one of the worst. They can’t let go of projects, delegate effectively and have little faith in employees to deliver outcomes. The control freak will often be found breathing down your neck, demanding to be CC’d on every email and be across every move every staff member makes, from meetings to toilet breaks.
They might think they’re doing staff a favour, but if someone at the top has to make all the executive decisions and approve simple tasks, quick things can get delayed in all the process. For growing companies, it becomes physically impossible for the boss to be across every little thing, throwing deadlines out the window and work grinding to a standstill.
4. The One With Favourites
The best bosses are fair, diplomatic and treat every employee equally. Sounds simple enough, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case, with plenty of bosses actively favouring some staff over others. From promotions and projects to invitations and inclusions, obvious favouritism leaves those out in the cold feeling resentful, disgruntled and undervalued.
It also means the boss’s favourites, whether they’re the best at their jobs or not, move up the ranks more easily and put people in charge who shouldn’t be.
5. The Emotional Wreck
From tears in the office to wanting to be your best mate, bosses who get emotional often aren’t taken seriously and don’t manage people well. They might have good intentions, but these get lost in all the emotional instability. Whether it’s work-related tears or bringing home-related emotions to work, bosses who can’t keep their feelings in check are a huge annoyance.
6. The Space Cadet
This boss has no idea what’s going on, what projects staff are across and what promises they’ve made. It means staff need to manage up, ask for things more than once, and remind the boss of meetings, projects and deadlines. It also means staff aren’t recognised for what they do, mainly because the space cadet has no idea what they’re doing.
Bosses who don’t appreciate their employees risk having unsatisfied staff who do mediocre work. If great work isn’t recognized, why would they do beyond the bare minimum? This doesn’t mean hugs and congratulations every time a task is completed; a simple “thanks” can go a long way.
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