10 Signs You’re a Horrible Boss And How To Correct It

The problem is not them; it's YOU!

You're done working with the most monstrous bosses of all times. You probably swore to yourself that when the time comes for you to manage people, you will do things differently. That day has now come - you're already a boss.

You may have good intentions like an all-expense paid team building for the top performing department or a company outing on its founding anniversary. But how can you implement all of these when there is a stack of emails, meetings, phone calls, and a whole bunch of demanding clients and tough decisions that were supposedly due last week?

With all that's happening, do you still have the time and energy to think if you're a kind and compassionate boss? Imagine how hard it is to balance the success of your business and your employees' jobs (including those lazy employees who are bringing you a headache, not to mention those you would love to kick out of your company's building).

If you have contemplated on this and you think what's written above is right, then congratulations! You're one horrible boss! And guess what? You turned out to be one of the persons you despised a lot and promised you would never become.

The ideal job environment does not only include your passion towards what you are doing and a compensation right for your hard work. It should also consist of respectful and polite co-workers, and of course, an excellent boss.

Sadly, not every company has this complete package, and not all boss will vibe with the applicant. Inevitably, whether we like it or not, that adversely affects the worker's experience and worse, the feeling of working alone with a terror boss might make someone want to quit the job.

In this article, we cited ten (10) signs of a horrible boss that you need to check out. Here are some of those:

1. You scare everyone (even the pizza delivery boy).

You may have noticed that no one approaches you with a problem at hand for quite some time now, but you just shrugged the idea off. Or how about this, no one has ever thought of initiatives and some creative ideas for your marketing plan either, right? Have you noticed that whenever you enter the conference room, everyone stops talking?

Stop playing naive. You commonly see this in the movies. When everyone in the office laughs exaggeratedly at your "not-so-funny" joke and everyone agrees with you even if you're not yet done talking. If this is not surprising for you, then yes, you turned out to be that kind of boss!

Sometimes, authority figures forget that commanding with respect has a huge difference from scaring employees. Making your employees feel frightened is never funny nor good. This practice creates tension and a barrier between you as an employer and your people as employees.

2. Your employees are busy whenever you're around.

When you walk around an aisle, do you notice that everyone is busy doing the reports and panicking over the smallest problem? Do you feel like your team makes huge decisions without you having any clue what the fuss is all about?

Maybe it's not because they despise you. The employees apparently think you are INCOMPETENT.

Being a boss is not easy. No one said it is. You've got tons of responsibilities, and you have to play different roles: a boss, a friend, and a shock absorber. But instead of taking it as a challenge, you took it as an opportunity to command and scare everyone.

3. You make threats thinking that will motivate your employees

Motivation is one of the things that makes a person work harder than what he is already doing. Motivation comes in different forms: a salary raise, an incentive, a free team building. But if you think that the best kind of motivation is through threats of firing him or her if he or she messes everything up is a sick idea.

You should never be a boss in the first place if you think of it that way. Creating a positive motivation like rewards and commendations clear away the tension within the workplace and help increase your employees' self-esteem and energy towards work.

4. You want to control everything (including the company janitor's job).

The normal process is you hire someone because you think he or she is capable of doing the tasks attached to a particular post, and he or she has the skills and abilities the company needs. Therefore, you (as the boss), should not tell him or her what he or she should do.

You should not control his or her actions. By doing this, you are affecting your employee's self-esteem and personal growth negatively.

One quick tip: It's never too late to stop being a control freak. Let your employees explore the task and do their ways in completing a particular project. All you have to do is provide an accurate instruction. If they mess up the first time, let them track where they made mistakes and revise the plan.

5. You don't like hearing and considering the suggestions of others.

Yes, you became a boss because you gathered enough experiences and had the necessary set of skills that your current position is asking. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that because you are the boss, you're always right. It just means you should always be there to lead your employees while being open to suggestions and feedback.

You are the one managing the team. And good management means you have to ask for opinions and suggestions from your team and contemplate on other options for the benefit of your project. After all, the success of your team is also your success.

6. You don't do your job properly (to the extent that a regular employee works harder than you do).

As a boss, you should set a good example for your team. Be a role model and honor your company's mission and vision. You as the boss should also exert the same level of effort as what your employees are exercising. You should work as hard as they do. Do your part in the project. Don't pass the responsibility to your teammates.

As what the old proverb says, "Always do for other people everything you want them to do for you."

7. You don't provide guidance.

Employees in their first job, as well as those new to the field, need instruction from their co-workers and most especially, from you as their boss. A proper orientation of the responsibilities of the one in charge is necessary and should be conducted as ALWAYS.


You as the boss should check the work of the new employees from time to time and see if they are comfortable with the workload.

8. The glass you are watching is always half empty.

Familiar with the quote "The glass is either half empty or half full?" Yes, things in the business world are unpredictable. Several clients are demanding; you have a phone call to make, and on top of that, your employees are taking sick days like unknown cancer had just spread out.

If they are in the office, they are usually late. They also leave early, look miserable, and move deadlines now and then. You caught your most trusted employee surfing for new job opportunities online, and when you create a working crew, someone offers them a new job with higher compensation.

And after that, all the skilled people you trained will eventually be part of the competitor's empire. But let's face it, life is never fair. You have to accept it. It's just mind over matter. If you expect the worst out of something, you'll end up getting it.

As the boss, you have to set a more optimistic and confident tone for your team, or else expect them to see going out your company's door.

9. Your mood swings are as horrible as your overall character.

Have you noticed your employees are most of the time confused, insecure, and jumpy? You're puzzled because even if everyone is doing a great job and the door of your office is always open for them, they still seem to whisper behind your back and tiptoe whenever you are there.

Have you asked yourself if you are the one causing the confusion? Are you like the Sunny Monday, the Grumpy Tuesday, the Empathize Wednesday and so on? Or you can also be all of them at some time or day?

If your mood is something that puzzles everyone, you tend to make them feel like the office is dangerous. Remove the tension by controlling your mood swings. It helps.


As what is in the paragraph above, it is never easy to be a boss. You have to take care of everything - your business, your employees, their jobs, and even their families. All you have to do is watch out of these signs and always strive to balance the stress, pressure, and your relationship with your employees.

Susan Culp is a blogger and a writer who loves sharing her ideas in business. She even writes for MoneyBanker. She also loves checking the current trends in the stock market and some business tips online.

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