I was watching the movie Office Space the other night, and the boss in that movie always cracks me up. I thought that since today is Friday, I'd share some humor, and hopefully you could contribute some stories as well. If you haven't seen the movie or don't remember, here is a clip that pretty much explains it all:
Here are the five signs you should look for if you haven't figured out how horrible a boss you may have (you may already know…).
Hostile Work Environment
Does your boss yell, scream, belittle you, or more? The you have a horrible boss. Nobody should have to deal with a boss that only knows how to yell and scream to get things done. Heck, they don't even yell and scream that much in the military, and you're at a private employer.
If you boss is yelling, screaming, or cussing at you or your coworkers, get out! A leader that leads through fear will not get very far.
Doesn't Care About You
This is the epitome of the boss in the movie Office Space. He doesn't care about any of his employee's well being, and thinks that it is okay to have them do these menial tasks and come in on a Saturday. It can be horrible having a boss that doesn't care about you or your coworkers. In fact, this type of leader is probably pretty narcissistic and only cares about himself. If you have a boss that doesn't care about you, you shouldn't care about them or the company – get out now!
The Unfit Manager
Sure, we all want to think that our horrible bosses have a mental disability or something along those lines, but what happens if they really are unfit to be the boss? Maybe they are an alcoholic, or into drugs? It has happened, and it currently happens more than we would all like to think.
In this case, you may have an option of going through internal company means to try and get the boss some help, but chances are at most companies this won't be the case. I don't know what to tell you, but a drunk manager can be a horrible manager – don't stick around too long in that type of work environment.
The Incompetent Manager
I've heard this mantra time and time again: people are promoted to the point they are incompetent. And it is usually true – someone gets promoted because they do well at their current job, not because they would shine at the next job. As such, when that person gets the next job, they are incompetent. This can be a hard situation, because most new jobs will have a learning curve to start with anyway. But if you're boss just isn't getting past the learning curve, you really only have two options: stick around until he leaves, or leave first. The answer to that depends strictly on your company and how they tolerate poor performers.
The Boss Who Doesn't Know You Exist
Almost as horrible as the boss who curses at you is the one who doesn't even know you exist. Imagine going to work everyday and you boss never saying “hi” to you or remembering your name. It happens, and it can be an awful feeling to go to work each day to that environment. If your boss doesn't even know who you are, they won't even care when you leave, so don't be bothered by quitting!
Readers, have you ever had a horrible boss? I would love to hear your horrible boss story!