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The Argumentative Boss

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The Argumentative Boss

Have you ever worked for an argumentative boss? The argumentative boss is prone to creating conflict and arguments within his or her department.

So, you want to be an argumentative boss?

Question Everything – Your employees will fantasize about hiding under their desks if you question their every move. Ask lots of questions! “Did you spell check that document before you sent it? Are you sure it’s broken? Have you contacted IT about the issue? When will my package arrive? Why is it late? Did you tell UPS about the issue? Why are you wearing red shoes today?”

As you question everything, ask your employee to check again, or do the task again. They must have done it wrong the first time.

Agree with Nothing – Disagree with any response that is provided to your endless inquiries. If your employee says one thing, tell them another. They are wrong, you are right, always; period. End of discussion, until it causes an argument, which was your goal in the first place.

It’s Always your Idea – Never meet in the middle. Never admit that you are wrong. Never admit that they are right. Learn to say, “You did that wrong”. Manipulate the circumstances to make them think it was your idea. Once they learn to give you credit for everything, life for them will become much less taxing.

Start Arguments – Do you want people to stay out of your way? Start arguments that will cause people, everyone, to avoid you. Your employees will try to solve their own problems. They will avoid telling you about errors and fix them before mentioning anything to you. When something goes wrong, they will sweep it under the rug.

Hold your Ground – If an argument arises, you have won! Hold your ground during the argument. Don’t back down. Insist that it’s your way or the highway. Employees don’t agree with some new policy that you’ve implemented without their consent? It does not matter to you. Use write-ups as a form of intimidation to get your way. If someone confronts you, write them up.

Follow these steps and you will soon create a department that is chaotic and disorderly.

Learn how to Argue like a 3 Year Old

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New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss

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New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss

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Bully bosses are toxic! Their abusive speech and other bad behavior spreads like a virus, infecting the whole office.

Bully bosses communicate by losing their temper, yelling, and belittling their subordinates.  Often a bully boss will single out one employee to take out their negativity or aggression. If you’ve ever had to experience the abuse of a bully boss, you know how draining it can be.

However, the whole team will suffer at the hands of a bully boss, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Michigan State University. The study showed that the entire team suffers when a bully boss picks on just one employee.

How does the team suffer? Their productivity decreases as a direct result of verbal abuse and/or demeaning E-mails from the bully boss. Not only does a targeted employee suffer, but the whole team falls into conflicts which results in a loss of productivity.

“Teams characterized by relationship conflict,” lead investigator Crystal Farh said in a press release, “are hostile toward other members, mistreat them, speak to them rudely and experience negative emotions toward them.”

The whole group’s attitudes and behaviors start to reflect those of the bully boss as they act in a similar and hostile manner toward one another. The sobering truth is that everyone suffers at the hand of a bully boss.

When this happens, the company loses big time because now the whole team requires interpersonal relationships to be repaired. Trust among group members will have to be rebuilt as well.

Resources:

  • Entis, Laura. (2014) Bosses Who Pick on One Employee Ruin Everyone’s Productivity, Study Shows. Retrieved on September24, 2014 from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237110.
  • Farh, Crystal & Andy Henion. (2014). Abusive Leadership Infects Entire Team. Retrieved on September 24, 2014 from http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/abusive-leadership-infects-entire-team/.
  • Farh, Crystal & Chen Z. (2014). Beyond the Individual Victim: Multilevel Consequences of Abusive Supervision in Teams. Retrieved on September 24, 2014 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25111251.

The Boss from Hell…The Bully

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The Untrustworthy Boss

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The Untrustworthy Boss

Follow these simples steps to become the most untrustworthy boss that ever lived…

Dangle some carrots in front of your employee’s faces. That’s right. Get them to work longer hours and more productively by telling them they will get a raise if they do X, or meet a goal of Y. The department budget, that you were given, doesn’t even have room for employee raises, but they do not need to know this bit of information. If someone gets a little rowdy about paperwork, just say that you submitted a request to your boss and are waiting to hear back (but you never did). “My hands are tied”.

Never tell your employees what you think. Is the company going under at a more rapid rate than upper management is admitting? Respond with this little gem, “There’s no truth to those layoff rumors”. Keep your employees in the dark about the impending danger because it will only cause a frenzy of people leaving the company. Do they need to know that their jobs will no longer be available in another month? No. It is your job to keep them working ignorantly and blissfully at their desks.

Tell some lies. Say something like, “I’m paying you a competitive salary”. Always assume that your employees are dumb about the internet. They will not research average salary ranges and find out what people in their position are making. But, even if they do find out that their salary is way less than it should be, they’ll just assume that you are misinformed.

Always be concerned with your own advancement; not your employee’s advancement. . . but to them you say, “My job is to make you more successful”. They will surely believe that you are looking out for their best interests. In truth, you’re thinking to yourself, “Your job is to make ME more successful”. Always take credit for a job well done and place the blame around the room when something goes wrong.

Exercise your hidden motives. Need to eliminate an employee? Let’s just say his name is Rob. Try this tactic to get rid of Rob. You overhear Rob telling another employee about his coveted concert tickets for Saturday. Call an office meeting and tell everyone in your department that the paperwork is backing up. You’ll need anyone who can volunteer to stay for some extra weekend hours. “Your participation is completely voluntary”. When Rob doesn’t show up with the rest of the group Saturday, place a pink slip on his desk Monday morning.

Conduct some shady office romance. Nothing says untrustworthy like a boss who messes around on his wife with the office loosey goosey. According to Time Magazine, only three percent of successful men divorce their wives and marry the office tramp. So, go ahead and tell that hot mess that you’ll divorce your wife and marry her. She’ll believe it and you’ll feel better. Don’t worry about the distraction and morale killer that this is having on everyone underneath you; or your clients who may be wondering if you handle your business like you handle your marriage.

Always swear to confidentiality. Want to know what your employees REALLY think about you? Send around a survey which asks employees for their opinions of the company and management. Tell them that their responses will be confidential. All the while, you know that they signed away their privacy rights the moment they signed their employment contract. Now, your employee’s opinions are instantly yours. Realistically, you wouldn’t do this to your employees because you’re an untrustworthy boss; you probably don’t even care what they think anyway.

How To Tell The Perfect Lie

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The Out-Of-Date Dinosaur Boss

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How to be an out-of-date Dinosaur Boss? FIRST, and foremost you need to work for the same department or company for many, many years. Some can do this by starting a job right out of high school, at eighteen, or college, in their twenties or thirties. Then focus on your aggressiveness and strong tendency to acquire money into your forties, fifties, or right to your last gasping breath. Secure yourself a coveted boss position and hold on tight for the rest of your career! During your rise to the top, learn every aspect of your job so that you gain a knowledge of the inner workings of everything.

Next, exercise your obnoxious know-it-all attitude. Ultimately, your desire will be to hire employees who act and think like you do. But, that is just not possible. Act in ways that make newer younger, or fresh-out-of-college, workers resent you. Begin a long term habit of dismissing other’s ideas, opinions, and suggestions for any kind of change, innovation, or improvement. Adopt the mentality that if it’s not broken, why fix it? Say things like, “We’ve done it this way for the last 25 years”.

Lord your years of experience over everyone by ensuring that they know you are “great and powerful” and they are lowly and beneath you. Your position and social standing, in your eyes, give you the right to treat others any way that you choose. You say anything that you desire regardless of how cruel or unkind. Your employees have no choice but to overlook your downgrading remarks and shower you with their insincere praises. Never allow an employee to get a word in edgewise as you reminisce out loud about some great thing only you were able to accomplish for the company, back in the day.

In your earlier years, working for the company, you exhibit a knowledge of the technology within your business or industry. However, over time, as the out-of-date dinosaur boss, you will need to become incompetent and clueless as to the new technology and terminologies. Create some mass confusion by ordering incorrect equipment and distribute responsibility to fix the problem to your younger tech savvy workers. Never acknowledge that you need to move forward with learning the new technologies and always act in a perfunctory, uncommitted fashion, as if it doesn’t matter.

In the breakroom, surround yourself with those of your same age group. There is nothing more job securing to you than being able to relate to other out-of-date dinosaur bosses. Complain to your colleagues about the “young whippersnappers” because behind your back they are calling you an “old fogie”. Forget about what it was like to be back when you were a younger freshly new worker yourself. The day-to-day stresses of being the out-of-date dinosaur boss are enough for you to worry about.

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