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The Creepy Boss

Creepy Boss

You just arrived at your workplace and the most important thing on your mind is doing a good job. However, you got approached by your creepy boss who places his hand on your shoulder, or around your waist. His physical contact causes you to feel uncomfortable (this is often considered harassment). Any action that makes one uncomfortable, such as flirting and inappropriate touching, are termed as harassment.

Being aware of what is considered harassment allows you the opportunity to prevent, or put a stop to, such an act.

Below are signs that you have a creepy boss.

Asking for Late Night or Private Meetings

If you are always singled out to attend private or late-night meetings, this means that your boss is going beyond the professional limit. If you comply with these requests, even when they make you uncomfortable, you’re only making things worse for yourself. Your boss may even go as far as to ask you out for drinks or dinner privately. Let your boss know firmly that you’d prefer to conduct business during working hours at the office. This way you will not be alone with the boss, or caught in an uncomfortable situation. This also ensures that there are other people around to deter your boss’s attempts.

Receiving Calls or Texts from your Boss for No Reason

It is definitely necessary at times for the boss to be in contact with their staff after hours. However, if you are receiving late night or weekend calls that have nothing to do with your work, this might be inappropriate. Ask yourself if your boss is trying to use that opportunity to flirt with you when off the clock. There is nothing wrong with having a working relationship with your boss, however, some bosses go to far if they cross the line by making an attempt on their staff to gain their affection in an appropriate advance that is not work related.

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The best way to handle an after hours advance is to let your boss know politely that you are busy with family time. If you are married, you might make it known by bringing family pictures to the office and wearing your wedding ring. This may help your boss to deter their behavior. Even if you’re not married, you can display a photo of your significant other and it always helps to be clear about your distaste about the requests.

Displaying of Sensual or Playful Body Language

Check the eye contact and body language of your boss. If you catch him casting glances at you which you aren’t uncomfortable with, that could be the sign. Do not reciprocate these behaviors because if you do, you’re letting the boss know that his behavior is OK. Instead, be mindful of your own body language and eye contact so that it is not taken the wrong way.

Spending more Time in Your Office than His Own

If your office looks very relaxed, that doesn’t mean that your boss should be moving to and fro in order for him to flirt with you. He was assigned his own office! By always spending his time with you in your office, he is exerting his authority to move closer to you, which is not appropriate. In the same token, when you visit your boss’s office, keep your interactions business professional by first knocking and then when you enter, keep your conversations short and to the point. Ensure that you are not standing or sitting in a casual way. Exit as soon as you have what you need.

He Gives you Gifts and Asks for Secrets

During the Holiday or Valentine celebration, your boss gives all the staff a motivational gift but yours is special with a flirtatious quote. This is part of the attitude displayed by a creepy boss who shows that he wants to get closer to you. One way to deter your boss is to respectfully decline the gift by saying, “Thank you but I cannot accept this gift”. If your boss asked you to keep it a secret, respond by saying, “I do not feel comfortable with that”. If you hold your ground, your boss will stop giving you special gift, and requests for secrets. He may also respect you more by showing that you have morals and integrity.

Negative Effects of A Creepy Boss

Working under a creepy boss has a lot of negative effects, such as anxiety, embarrassment, headaches, depression and fear. This may lead to poor performance evaluations, change in career goals, absenteeism, or even getting sacked from your job. If you believe that your boss is harassing you, the best thing is to confront him directly. For example, you can approach him and say, “Sir, I don’t feel comfortable with you putting your arm around my waist or on my shoulder.” Don’t appear timid while confronting him. This is going to stop the harassment. However, if this does not work, you may need to report him to your company’s HR department so that further investigation and action can be taken. It is possible that he has done this to other employees, so by speaking up, you could be helping others who have dealt with the same situation.

Disclaimer: Dealing with a creepy boss is stressful. If you are a boss, recognize your work behaviors and take note that your actions could be making others feel uncomfortable. A work environment is not the correct place to make advances.

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The Rumpelstiltskin Boss

The Rumpelstiltskin Boss

If you are a lover of fairy-tale stories, you may have heard about a man named Rumpelstiltskin. Here goes the story….

The story was about the beautiful daughter of a poor miller. The poor miller visits the king and lies to him that his beautiful daughter. He tells the king that she has the ability of turning straw into gold.

The king, in turn, requests for the daughter’s presence. He takes her into a room full of straw, provides her a spinning wheel, and asks her to turn the straw into gold. She has to complete the task by daybreak or she will be put to death. The poor miller’s daughter was left alone in the room with no idea on how to spin the straw into gold. She began to feel afraid and started crying.

Suddenly the door opened and there stood a little man greeting the poor girl. He asked her the reason behind her tears. The girl told him that she needed to spin the straw into gold, before daybreak, or she would surely be put to death by the king. The little man said that he will help her, but he wanted to get something in return. The girl offered him her necklace, and he started to work, until all straw were spun into gold.

When the king appeared in the morning, he was full of surprise and happiness. But he became more greedy and ask the girl to do the same thing in another room with more straw, and threatened to kill her again if its not done. The little man came as usual with the girl offering her ring to him in return for his help, whirr, whirr, whirr, all the straws were turned into gold.

On the third day, the king came as usual, full of happiness, but still greedy. He offered the girl another straw room bigger than the previous two, with the promise that she will become the queen if she manages to turn all the straw into gold.

The girl sat down full of sadness unable to do anything to the straw. There came the little man again, but this time she had nothing left to offer him. The little man requested for her unborn first child in return for his work. Unable to find another option, the girl agreed and all the straw were turned to gold.

Years later, after becoming the queen, she gave birth to her first child. One night, the little man visited the queen and asked her to fulfill the promise that she made. The queen became frightened and offered him all the riches in the kingdom, but he was adamant. However, he promised to leave her alone for good if she managed to tell him his name within three days.

The queen pondered and inquired from people throughout the kingdom about the little man, but none was able to offer any meaningful response. Then one day, a messenger reported back to her relating an experience that he had about a little man singing, “Tonight tonight, my plans I make, tomorrow tomorrow the baby I take. The queen will never win the game, for Rumpelstiltskin is my name.”

The queen was very happy when she heard the lyrics. So when the little man came on the third day, she told him his name (Rumpelstiltskin). He became dejected and angry, which caused him to tear himself into two.

Who is a Rumpelstiltskin Boss?

The role of the little man from the above story depicts the character of a Rumpelstiltskin boss. These types of managers are self-centered with an egoistical nature. Although its not a bad thing to be proud of one’s achievement, which is the result of hard work, they take it to another level by being uncaring of other’s best interests.

The Rumpelstiltskin boss needs to recognize and appreciate the efforts of his staff that make the project a successful one. Praising himself in the presence of his staffs will surely hurt their feelings, which can lead to a withdrawn and unproductive workforce.

Fortunately, there are ways to stand up for yourself as an employee to avoid getting trampled upon by Rumpelstiltskin bosses in their quests for recognition.

Understand your Boss’s Weakness and Take Advantage

If your boss has a Rumpelstiltskin character, then you need to always be ahead of him. Use your instinct to determine his vulnerabilities regarding his job. Who knows, your boss might be the type that gets easily disturbed after making an error.

Make your Boss Realize the Effect of His or Her Behavior

If your self-seeking boss raised her voice at any of the staffs within the department, please don’t react in a negative way. Speak in a calm voice and make him realize the impression that his actions will have on the staff.

Maybe the staff are planning to change jobs because of his outbursts. If you get wind of this, your boss may benefit from knowing so that he can make some needed adjustments in his behavior.

Make a Plan and Execute it

If you have been working overtime and you are at the risk of loosing your health, quickly make a plan! Instead of working overtime everyday including weekends, set some limits. Check your wrist watch and explain to your boss about your own personal commitments. Many people have family obligations or perhaps a dog that needs to be walked.

Although he should be able to consider that your health comes first.

Create a Good Working Relationship with your Fellow Coworkers

If your boss desires all the credit of the successful projects, make him realize the importance of having a good working relationship with others by sharing accomplishment with fellow staff.

For example, show him the emails that you send to each staff praising their contributions. He should see their positive response, which will make him reflect and change his selfish ways.

Some managers always turn a blind eye to the needs of their staff. If your boss is the Rumpelstiltskin type with an egoistical nature, and that affects your work performance and contribution, you definitely need a change of job.

However, if you can overlook your manager’s personality flaws, or if they can be tamed with the possibility of developing a better character, take up the challenge and succeed in your work.

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Disclaimer: Bad boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not be taken seriously. Learning the traits of a bad manager can help you to avoid those behaviors and become a better leader.

The Bumbler Boss

The Bumbler Boss

Any employee in an organization is generally looking forward to meeting their new boss. In most cases, you believe that this new boss will aid in your development in becoming an expert in your chosen career.

Unfortunately, there are many managers that aren’t qualified for their position but still manage to get promoted and hold on to it. These types of managers are incompetent and cannot even manage their own household for that matter. Therefore, they should not be in charge of a multi-million dollar department, or company, which makes them a Bumbler Bosses.

So, how do you know if your manager is the Bumbler type? The below tips will help you in recognizing the traits of an incompetent boss.

Too lazy to Handle Projects

If your manager always finds his or her work too cumbersome or constantly turns out late assignments, or he doesn’t even at all, then your boss is a bumbler’s type. Competent managers always handle their projects effectively while also giving their staffs the needed support and advise without complain!

Of course, we are all human and there could be an occasional late assignment due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re referring to a bumbler type as someone is does this as a habit.

Always Employing Consultants

The Bumbler boss’s way of putting off decision making is by delegating their projects to their subordinates. Some Bumblers even will go as far as hiring a consultant in order to avoid making decisions on their own.

After the consultant options are presented, a debate may follow that takes hours, days, or months. However, the company becomes poorer due to the hiring fee. When the consultants leave, the Bumbler boss is left considerably behind in their assignments again.

He or She is Highly Secretive

Is your manager the type that always hides information from the staff? These type of managers hold the view that their staff will be confused or distracted from their work.

However, any manager that has this trait is surely afraid of being challenged by his or her staff. Bumbler bosses would rather defend their position, rather than facing challenges that will move the company forward.

Always Avoiding Responsibilities

If your manager always has his door closed, or an excuse to cancel your one-on-one, or the scheduled department meeting, even when it’s important, then your boss is surely incompetent.

A competent manager must always be available to the staff, whether for a clear explanation about an assignment or to give positive feedback on work done by employees.

Having a Bumbler as a manager doesn’t mean your career is doomed! Don’t be so eager in looking for a new job in your bid to escape the incompetency of your boss. There is much to gain from working for a Bumbler boss. Try to adjust to his or her demands, and overlook your Bubmler boss’s failings. This could serve as a blessing in disguise in the future.

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Disclaimer: Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not be taken seriously. If you work for an incompetent boss, document everything, keep doing a good job, and keep your emotions in check.

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The Dead-Man-Walking Boss

The Dead-Man-Walking Boss

One of our readers writes, “At one of my previous jobs we had nicknames for nearly everyone. My favorite was a guy who leadership hired, from outside of the company, as our manager. We found out that he was getting fired about two weeks before it actually happened. For that two weeks we called him “Dead Man Walking”. Incredibly rude…but hilarious.

Many managers aren’t aware of an impending sack from their jobs, which makes them a “Dead-Man-Walking Boss”. Even though any firing leads to shock, sadness, and insecurity, the management position, in general, are quite frequently the first position to be laid off. This can happen for many reasons, including budget cuts, but also could be due to the availability of others who are more reliable, skilled, and knowledgeable at the work.

Although a manager might not be able to stop the board’s plan to follow through with the firing, the level of shock can be reduced by paying attention to the following warning signs.

#1) Lack of Communication

Having employees is the reason that you are a manager. Therefore, you need to make sure that your employees are happy and that they do not leave the organization. A high turnover rate is a very strong sign of a bad manager. If employees do not feel valued, or appreciated, they are more likely to leave the organization. Show your employees that you really care about them by having regular one on ones and helping them to progress in their career goals.

In turn, your employees will feel more job satisfaction and your reputation, as a manager, will not suffer. If you have a large amount of staff resigning from their jobs, this is a warning sign that often leads to a manager being sacked.

#2) Where is Everyone Going?

While surfing the web, during your lunch break, you observed that your colleagues and, gasp, even employees are heading for a meeting room. Shouldn’t you be wondering why you weren’t invited? When you are being left out of key meetings, like this, the project being discussed will definitely last beyond your tenure with the company.

Although your staff and colleagues might not have the knowledge of the looming sack, they have been asked to leave you out of the meeting. This means that your expiration date has already been determined by the board.

#3) Why Did Sally get Your Assignment?

The company may have decided that some projects are beyond your capability. Maybe you are being lined up for better opportunities, but it could also mean otherwise. If your responsibilities are being assigned to other staff, that shows that you aren’t fully trusted by leadership to handle such projects successfully. If you’re being asked to step down from high exposure company projects, or committees, leadership may need to bring you out of these roles so that less employees are impacted when they let you go.

#4) Your Boss Is no Longer Available

At one time, your boss may have valued your opinions, to the point where he sought you out on certain questions to get your advise for a meeting. You may have even been previously asked to sit in on these meetings with him, which are now not happening. You may have a sense that he is unavailable. Perhaps he or she has canceled your one-on-ones or even refuses to schedule a meeting with you to discuss anything. If you start receiving discussion solely in E-mail format, that should have been a one-on-one conversation, this is a clue, by the company, which isn’t good for your job reputation.

#5) Did They just Hire your Replacement?

The final blow could be the new employee who, coincidentally, has the same, or better, qualifications than you have. Has your boss asked you to train the new employee on what your job responsibilities are? The new guy keeps getting more and more of your work to the point that you are now not doing anything. This new person could be your replacement. This is a bad sign that you could be getting fired.

Do Not Fret; Take Action!

A manager should not worry too much about the above points, rather, he or she should take action. If there is an opportunity to hold onto your job, if you desired, ensure that you are performing well while also planning your next action at the same time.

What Are The Signs of Getting FIRED!

Disclaimer: Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not be taken seriously.