What Not To Do: 10 Traits of a Bad Boss

Traits of a Bad Boss

At some point, almost everyone’s worked for a boss they didn’t like. But worse is a manager or supervisor that actually ruins the workplace for employees, significantly impacting motivation in the process. Here are ten common characteristics of a terrible boss.

10 Traits of a Bad Boss

1. Controlling: Horrible bosses often delegate without explanation, then constantly review work by micromanaging.

2. Indecisive: A typical trait of a horrible manager is indecisiveness. But when bosses drag their feet out of fear of making the wrong decision, they waste both time and their employees’ efforts.

3. Resistant to Change: Technology, people, processes, the market and various other business factors continually evolve. A bad boss fails to embrace change, which can negatively affect the efficiency and quality of everybody’s daily work.

4. Plays Favorites: Consciously or not, a bad manager often treats workers differently. If employees feel they’re overlooked for certain perks or promotions because of favoritism, morale is sure to take a hit.

5. Mean: An angry boss is a terrible boss. Whether a manager or supervisor yells, bullies or belittles employees, the behavior’s simply wrong.

6. Blameless: Everyone makes mistakes. But the bad leader won’t admit to them, placing the fault with others instead. Employees who feel they’re getting a bad rap for something they didn’t do will not only get frustrated, but their boss’ actions could impact their reputation as well.

7. Self-Righteous: A common characteristic of a bad boss is the inability to see that anyone else is right. This stubbornness can cause them to disregard other’s ideas and opinions, dampening the spirits of those voicing them.

8. Visionless: Many supervisors are so focused on the day-to-day that they don’t set goals for the future of their department. But most employees are eager to know where things are going and want a plan to reach the destination.

9. Egotistical: The bad boss is often extremely self-centered. But by making everything about them rather than their employees, the bravado will put off workers.

10. Unavailable: Absent bosses can be terrible bosses because they’re not accessible when employees need them to make a decision, in times of crisis, or simply when a delicate situation arises.

In today’s job market, retention is critical. To help your organization understand how to improve the work environment, download our tip sheet on how to be a better boss. For more guidance, contact Complete Payroll Solutions at 866.658.8800.

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