It is every one’s wish to work with a good boss. However given the fact that we all are not the same, that wish doesn’t come to pass always. Working with a bad boss can be a very challenging and frustrating one. In fact it is one sure way to hit the rock bottom part of your career.
So the question is; ‘Are you a good or bad boss’? If you have issues with rating yourself, these 20 tips will make you know what side of the divide you belong.
Here are 20 typical signs that should serve as a detector for a bad boss.
1. Ardent Late Comer
The bad boss never resumes early for the day’s task. He arrives late when the day’s activities have far commenced. This habit never makes you achieve great results. Rather you will be labeled a bad boss, because it means you don’t take your job seriously.
You are supposed to oversee tasks in the office; staying aloof and not doing so means you are carefree and are not ready for the positive growth of your brand .Hard work is what will stand your brand out all the time.
Bosses who do not feel what members of their team feel will be termed insensitive. It is your duty to take the responsibility of knowing how your employees are able to juggle their work life and family life together.
4. Owing Salaries
It is no longer news that a worker is worthy of his wages. Therefore it is imperative for a boss to pay his team when due. If you fail to do this at the stipulated time, you will not be in their good books.
5. No Relationship
An unfriendly and harsh boss will never get the best of his team. Rather he will succeed at repelling his people. If you do not take building a good relationship with your team seriously, you will have failed at taking the boss-employee relationship beyond the work front.
Every one you employ wants to be sure that you will be able to manage well that which they have worked hard for. This is so because if you do not give them that security by acting it, you create a ripple effect of unpaid salaries .
7. Romantic Entanglement
Professionally it doesn’t add up for a boss to be romantically entangled with his or her employee. When this happens, productivity level is hampered and favoritism sets in. It is advised that as a boss you stay away from romantic relationships with your team.
Overwork is when employees are not given a chance to catch their breath after very hard tasks. Being a slave driver isn’t a too good medium to drive your team. Let them have some time of projects to recuperate.
9. No Breaks
It is mandatory for holidays like Christmas, thanksgiving, New Year and other festive dates to be observed. It is the right of every team member to be allowed on holiday. If there are reasons why that can’t happen, it is important to make it known. Vehemently refusing your team to unwind during these times is a bad act.
Some bosses don’t mind drinking to stupor during working hours. If you make it a habit drinking to stupor at the office, you will be labeled as irresponsible. It is better you keep your bad habit at home rather than in the office.
11. If Your Employees Resign Easily
Great bosses can boast of long standing employees. If your case is the reverse then it means they simply cannot put up with your excesses. It also simply means that they’re tired of you. That’s bad for business.
12. The Last To Get Information
It is your duty, as the one who calls the shot in the office to be the first to know about information flying around. When the reverse is the case, it means you are not really paying attention to the activities in your work environment.
13. No Reference
It is normal for employees to leave one organization to join another for reasons best known to them; it could be for better pay, new challenge et al. If the bulk of employees that leaves your organization never makes reference to you or your organization, then you need to check yourself, you are likely not a good boss.
14. Always Use Threats
You are indeed a bad boss if you are fond of bullying or threatening your team with queries, warnings, pay-cut, demotion or outright sack before you could get them to do things for you or the organization. If you are a good boss, it is supposed to come naturally even if it goes beyond the call of duty.
15. Not Interested in Welfare
You have the characteristics of a bad boss if all you care about is for your employees to meet and surpass your corporate targets without any iota of concern for their welfare. As you motivate them to meet targets, you should also show them that you care about their wellbeing.
16. Hardly Remember the Names of Your Team
If you don’t make the conscious effort to always call your employees by their names, it is a pointer that you are not really connecting with them and that is a sign that they are sure to perceive you as a bad boss. Calling people by their name, especially by their first names is the first step in connecting with them.
17. When you Get No Good Wishes
If on your special dates no member of your team send you gifts, text messages, or even puts a call through to you, then you need to watch it. It simply means that you have not been impacting them positively.
18. Employees are More Productive When You are Absent
Because of the bossy nature of some team leaders, most employees find it difficult to maximize their potentials. If your team performs better when you are away than when you are present, it goes to show that your presence is hampering productivity; if that’s your case, then you are a productivity killer, which is really bad.
19. When You Don’t Consider Suggestion
If you have the habit of always turning down people’s suggestions, it goes to show that you are authoritative and indeed a bad boss. In most cases you will realize that the numbers of suggestion you get when you call for it will be minimal or none.
20. You Don’t Get Invitation For Employees’ Functions
If year in and year out, you don’t get an invite to be at an employee’s birthday, wedding, burial, et al, it goes to show that you are a bad boss. You would have displayed some tendencies in the past that would have warranted that.
Did you pass for any of the signs stated above? If you did, then its time you had a rethink. No bad boss gets his organization to an enviable height in business. Rather he loses out on every side.
Some survey has shown that some business owners are the very architect of their own downfall. Take a proper cue from the tips above and make the necessary shift that is needed.