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Three Ways to Be a … Terrible Mean Girl Boss

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Terrible Mean Girl Boss

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#1) Gain Power by High Maintenance

The first objective of a mean girl boss is to gain power. This is done through a high maintenance strategy of a self confidence boosting physical appearance. Wear the latest trends, drive a flashy car, claim your parking spot, and decorate your office with your special touch. Working in an office with other women is rough business. Therefore, the only way to intimidate other women coworkers is to always be put together and beautiful. High maintenance is the key to your success as a mean girl boss!

Office policy: Always look put together!

#2) Establish your Clique of Mean Girls

Once you’ve achieved your position of mean girl boss, next you’ll need to establish your clique of mean girls. Always recruit one stupid girl. She will follow and never question your position. Next, find an appoint a know-it-all to keep you up to par on anything and everything job related. Avoid shy girls as they will buckle under pressure, and not be useful, when you need someone to get your back. Your clique of mean girls is very important to your confidence. If at any point, one of these girls tries to turn into a mean girl to you, immediately make an example of them by firing her.

Motivation: Upgrading personal gain & social status.

#3) Set Mean Girl Boss Standards

Be strong with your mean girl clique, but keep them on your side. Undermining, belittling, and talking behind their backs is ok by you, but do not tolerate this treatment by anyone else. Set standards that are impossible for anyone to follow, including your employees. As a result, your group will try harder to meet your expectations. Invite a select few allies to meet after work for drinks to carry on in a gossip session where you pick on many of those who were not invited. Align yourself with the most influential people in the organization. Step on anyone who obscures your path. Take credit for others work. Take every opportunity to make an employee the center of attention and feel stupid.

Objective: Make your clique the envy of your office.

How to Cope With a Mean Girl Boss:

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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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