How to tell if you have a bad boss

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    The main reason people leave their job is because of their boss.

    Here is a list of six signs you may have a bad boss…

    1. You Do It

    Does your boss ask you to do things that he is not willing to do himself? One of the most frustrating things in the world is a boss who doesn’t work his way into her position from the bottom up.

    Whether he was given her managerial role because of some advanced education or because he knew the right people, employees often find it difficult to take orders from a boss who has never had to experience the more difficult aspects of working up the ladder in a company. Oftentimes they never performed the duties you are responsible for and have little understanding of them.

    This can be especially frustrating when your boss begins to give you tasks that he has never had to perform. It is even more maddening when the tasks are something you know the boss would not be willing to do at all. If your boss hands over the phone to you when a mad customer calls telling you to deal with it, you can be pretty sure that you have a bad boss.

    This can also be a difficult situation when your boss does not have a good grasp on how long it takes to complete tasks. Your boss may expect you to compile reports in 30 minutes, but he may not realize just how long it takes to do the reports if he has never had to do the task in the past.

    2. Taking Credit Where No Credit Is Due

    Does your boss take credit for your work without giving you the recognition you deserve? Imagine that your boss’s supervisor is looking through the work that you have done. As the supervisor views a project or report, he offers praise for a job well done.

    You are anxiously waiting for your boss to tell the supervisor just how hard you and the rest of the team worked on the project, but your boss takes all of the credit without mentioning your name.

    Does this make you mad? It should. A good boss is always willing to spread the praise around because it builds morale, confidence and inspires people to work hard. A boss who personalizes all of the successes of your office is only looking out for himself. One of the classic warning signs you have a bad boss is when he takes credit for your work without giving you recognition.

    3. Missing In Action

    What would your boss say to you if you were late? Granted, being on time is part of being a good employee, so you should not feel like you have the right to be late, but this can be much harder to adhere to when the boss is always late. Some employers abuse their power and think that they do not have to follow rules. Coming in late, leaving early and making up random schedules is disrespectful to everyone in the office. While rank does have its privileges, there is no excuse for tardiness, especially when it affects the day-to-day tasks that are required to keep an office running smoothly.

    4. Cover-Ups

    Has your boss ever asked you to lie or to make up a report to cover for a mistake that he or she has made?

    Some high-level managers and supervisors spend their time figuring out how to keep their jobs instead of actually doing them. A small compilation of mistakes is often enough ammunition for management to replace a supervisor.

    If your boss is consistently making mistakes, missing deadlines and then asking you to help make excuses, then you are in a bad situation. There is no excuse for an employer who is not willing to stand up and face his or her own mistakes. Not only is it unethical, but it destroys any respect that you and your co-workers may have had for the person.

    5. In the Background

    Sometimes employees make mistakes, but good bosses will defend them and their mistakes in public. If it is a costly mistake, you can probably expect an earful once you get behind closed doors, but in public, your boss should always be on your side.

    In some cases, bosses may be intimidated by customers or superiors and point the finger at you. This is the most obvious sign that you have a bad boss. If your boss gives in to the urge to point the finger and cannot step up and take the heat with you, you really have little reason to respect the person as an authority figure.

    The workplace can feel like a battleground these days and every soldier wants to follow a general they can trust.

    Is your boss the kind of leader who will stand well behind the battle lines and give orders, moving troops in and out of harms way, hoping only for her own good? Most of us want to follow a leader who will walk out to the front lines with us and help us fight the battle. It is easy to respect a boss who is willing to get dirty with you.

    Employees will always work harder for a boss who works alongside them, who understands the difficulties of the day-to-day routine and who is willing to help them do the hardest and most grueling parts of the job.

    6. The Micromanager

    This boss dictates precisely each step necessary to accomplish any task. This is the kind of boss who not only respects results from employees but demands that tasks are performed his way. This is the kind of boss who tells employees what to wear and how to behave. If you’ve ever had a staff meeting about which words you can or can’t use while in the office, chances are great that there is a micromanaging boss located somewhere in your organization.

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