If you think there aren’t many bad bosses out there, think again. Sure, the idea of a horrible boss rings true with enough individuals that widely-acclaimed film Horrible Bosses was a national hit. Having said that, do you know what’s almost worse than having a horrible boss? The simple notion that you might be a horrible boss.
Research conducted by Global Resources Consultants reveals five negative traits that are universally hated in a boss. Let’s take a look at what these are.
- You “walk and talk” to employees and they lose their breath just trying to keep up.
- You can’t wait the 30 seconds it takes for your microwavable meal to heat up.
- You’re already at the bottom of this blog post because you couldn’t wait to read all five characteristics.
Believe it or not, more people dislike know-it-all bosses more than impatient bosses. You might be a know-it-all if:
- You can’t resist the urge to top an employee’s story with your own little anecdotes.
- Employees frequently glaze over their eyes when you’re talking.
- Your first thought on reading this is, “Well, I do know it all.”
- Employees rarely look happy during or after interacting with you.
- You consistently raise your voice.
- You never catch your employees “being good” (you fail to give employees a compliment on a job well done).
Disorganization is the number one complaint of Generation Z employees, which makes it the number-one complaint among Gen Z workers. Gen Z employees, many of whom are in entry-level positions, might be less able to overcome the craziness of a disorganized boss.
- You haven’t seen the top of your desk in years.
- You use a significant amount of sticky notes and they’re all over your desk.
- You call an all-hands meeting and then forget why.
Being a micromanager is, without a doubt, the most-hated trait a boss can have. Employees at every level say a micromanager is the worst type of boss to have.
- You frequently follow up with employees on job duties frequently (more than once a day).
- You frequently find yourself standing over an employee’s workstation to monitor them.
- You’ve asked employees to redo work just because it’s not the way you would do it.