How To Be A Terrible Boss

January 15, 2013

When we become managers the manage style we adopt is often based upon the great managers we have worked for in the past. More importantly we avoid the management techniques of the worst managers we have experienced.

So, if you’re lucky enough to have only worked for fantastic managers, here are some examples of the behaviours of terrible bosses.

Criticise Constantly

If you have ever received this treatment from a terrible manager you will know what this feels like.  No one likes to be criticised at the best of times, but constant criticism will affect all but the most hardened employees. Either you will give up and leave or take your frustration out on the manager in question … and lose your job anyway!!

Ignore Your Team When You Arrive In The Morning

If you really want to upset people then ignoring them is a pretty good way to do so.  Basic courtesy and common sense tells you that treating people how you would to be treated is a basic concept in inter personal skills.

Let People Down

Making a promise or giving a commitment and then changing you mind or completely denying that you made it, will surely create discontent amongst your team.  It will also mean that your team may never trust you again or believe anything you say.

Take The Credit For Other People’s Efforts

One way to really de-motivate teams or individuals is to tell your boss that you are responsible for all the good work completed by them. Delegate everything and especially when a good report has been prepared for your boss remember to put your name on it as if you produced it.

Don’t Trust Your Team

Never believe that anybody in your team is capable of doing the job as well as you. Become a control freak and never let other people think for themselves!  This way you will always be the one who is doing most of the work.

Micromanage Other People’s Work

Make sure that you are always real online casino looking over the shoulders of people who work for you. Constantly ask them why they are they doing something a particular way.  To be a terrible boss always insist that they only do the work your way and do not let them have any choice in the way they complete a task especially if they can do it better.

Some managers may be reading this and thinking, ‘These things are not so bad, most of my old managers behaved like this in some way’. Whilst this may be true, it is likely that this happened 15 or 20 years ago.  In today’s workplace the expectations of employees have changed.  They are more aware that there is a better way to manage, so where they have a choice they are more likely to leave.  So if you want to lose your best team members and achieve poor results try some of these out and see what happens.

Many thanks

Scott Rumsey

Senior Management Trainer & Consultant at MTD Training

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