5 Reasons Why You Might Be a Bad Boss

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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’re Impatient

You might be impatient if…

  • 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.

You’re a Know-It-All

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.”

You’re Overly Critical

You might be overly critical if…

  • 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).

You’re Disorganized

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 might be disorganized if…

  • 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.

Micromanager

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 might be a micromanager if . . .

  • 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.