By Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya
A dream job includes not only your passion and high compensation but also good co-workers and an excellent boss. Unfortunately, not every job has a boss that will suit you and vibes with you. A bad boss will have a negative impact on your working experience and will sometimes force you leave your work.
Here are some traits of a bad boss to watch out for.
1. Speaks offensively and seldom communicates with the team.
Communication is the key to a relationship and the relationship between boss and employee is no different. If your boss yells or says derogatory words to you or the team, not only your self-esteem suffers but pressure also increases.
Your boss should know when or what to say during a talk and he/she should always communicate with the team. Your boss should give clear instructions about the project and provide the full job details.
2. Fear is his/her form of motivation.
Motivation is one way for an employee to work hard for the company especially since there are other things an employee thinks of. A boss that leads his/her team via threats such as firing you if you do not do your job properly should not be a boss in the first place.
Positive motivation such as offering rewards and providing constructive criticism remove the tension around the workplace and increase the self-esteem and energies of employees.
3. Wants complete control over your job.
A company hires an employee because he/she have met the qualifications for the job and he/she has the necessary skills and abilities. A boss that tells you what you SHOULD do, expects to do your job the way he/she have done it, and control every aspect of your job is a hazard to every employee’s personal growth and self-esteem.
A good boss should let their employees do their own ways of how to accomplish the project. They just need to provide clear instructions and specifications.
4. Blames the team for failures.
One of the worst feelings is being blamed by something you did not do. A boss that blames his/her team for failures and only accepts accomplishments is a really TERRIBLE BOSS.
He/she should always sticks for the team and he/she should always do what is best for the team. The relationship between boss and employees is always give and take.
5. Does not consider suggestions other than his own.
Your boss is THE BOSS for a reason. He/she has acquired enough experiences and has the required skill set to be in the position he/she is in now. Although the boss should always be the one to lead and employees should follow him/her that does not mean that he/she is always right.
A great boss asks suggestions from his/her team and consider other options for the sake of the project. The accomplishment of the team is also the boss’ accomplishment.
6. Does not do his/her job properly and you work harder than him/her.
Your boss should always set as a role model, as an example of the company’s vision and mission. Your boss should work as hard as his/her employees and he/she should do his/her part of the project just like anybody else.
As told by Moses’ teachings, “”Always do for other people everything you want them to do for you.”
7. Does not provide guidance.
First time employees need guidance from their boss and other co-workers especially in the first few weeks of their jobs. A proper briefing about the job should be conducted and from time to time, the boss should always check you to see your work and to see if you are comfortable and well-adjusted.
8. Does not have a firm goal or vision.
A boss should always have a clear heading on where to lead his/her team.
Your boss should lead his/her team as instructed by the company’s vision and mission. A boss could also lead his/her team on their own terms provided that it complies with the company’s vision and mission.
9. Ignores the importance of team-building activities.
Team building is there for a reason. It strengthens the relationship between the company and its employees. It is a medium where employees can release their stress acquired in the work environment and it is a reward for employees for all their hard work.
10. Your boss makes you work hard but the compensation is low.
Your salary should be based on your performance and the quality of your work. There should be a set of guidelines and rules assigned to you and you should not accept any other works that is outside of your contract.
A good boss rewards employees who work hard and provide good service to the company. Employees should not be underpaid and they should have the respect they deserve.
The difference between a great boss and a bad boss is a thin line most people do not realize. They should use their status for the greater good of the company and they should treat the employees with respect. The employees are the lifeblood of the company and they should be treated fairly.