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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.

 How to Deal with an Incompetent Boss

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.

Ultimate Software Review – Best Companies

Ultimate Software – Best Company to Work for Review

Fortune.com has included Ultimate Software on the top 100 best companies to work for. This year it was ranked among the top, as well as last year. People Magazine has named Ultimate # 3 on their list of Companies that Care. The employees feel proud to say that they work there, and with all reason! Ultimate Software has 4.5 out of 5 stars in different job platforms and excellent reviews of their staff. It is, without any doubt, a place where you can develop your career: great work atmosphere, challenging tasks, and nice feedback with coworkers and superiors.

“People First!” Motto

Ultimate Software puts their employees first. This motto definitely speaks for the company. Although the workload is demanding and stressful, the CEO Scott Scherr, qualified as one of the top CEOs this year and with 95% of the employees’ approval. He takes care of everyone at the company. The supportive and caring attitude of this company creates employees who, in tern, take care of the customers. Since the employees feel valued, it is easy for them to make their customers their number one priority.

The company statistics of employee engagement and retention clearly show that the staff of this company is formed by competent people who also fit the “People First” culture.

Benefits vs a Big paycheck

When aiming for a dream job, we always look for the best salary, in the beginning. However, benefits such as health care coverage, retirement plan, and time off are important too and those perks can make such a big difference in employees’ performance and their savings balance. Ultimate Software offers a 100% coverage of an employee’s health care and his/her dependent. This plan also includes dental, vision, prescription drug subsidy and access to mental health care; free boot camp classes, reward trips for employees of all departments, two paid days to charity and more are included on the list of perks of this IT company.

Work-Life Balance and Other Policies

Besides the paycheck and benefits, there are some other qualities that make Ultimate Software a great company to work for. This company lets the employees to maintain a work-life balance; in addition to family care programs, like a childcare center and lactation rooms. They also allow employees to have flexible work schedules and to take days off, if needed, or work from home.

Ultimate Software is an inclusive company which has a written policy that prohibits discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, and sexual orientation.  Here, women represent a large percentage, 37% and 42%, among executives and mid-level managers respectively. Minorities in this company comprise 43% of the total workforce.

Management at Ultimate Software

The leadership at Ultimate Software strongly believe in the CEO, Scott Scherr’s, philosophy about teamwork and putting the people first. If a manager doesn’t follow this philosophy, they are probably not the right fit. The key to making this philosophy work is that the managers truly care about their employees. One manager even told her employee, “I’m not your boss, I’m your friend.” Even those who have been promoted into different areas of the company remain friends.

Employees feel that their coworkers at Ultimate Software are their second family, and sometimes even their first family. They have fun at work together and this allows those friendship and family bonds to be formed. They have football, at the office, and happy hours. They go on trips to Disney together. Everyone has a level of commodore, trust, and respect with each other.

Finally

Working for Ultimate Software will give you the opportunity to start and develop a career, with excellent benefits, and a comfortable work environment. You will be engaged in a fun family culture which builds relationships. You’ll love your job, the people that you work with, and even management and senior leadership.

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Disclaimer: Bad Boss posts are normally about how bosses get it wrong, but we also like to write about companies that get it right like Ultimate Software! 🙂

The Bullseye Boss

The Bullseye Boss

The Bullseye Boss targets his employees by blaming them for everything. Even if you get to work early, do your best work, have a healthy relationship with your colleagues, and avoid breaking any rules, these actions will go unnoticed by the Bullseye Boss.

In business, you’ll find that there are bosses, and even coworkers, who will either contribute to your success, or put you down. The Bullseye Boss is a champion at putting a target on his employee’s backs and striking at any moment.

Working for this type of boss will make you feel humiliated as he undermines your performance, making your efforts seem absolutely worthless. So, how do you deal with a Bullseye Boss?

The below tips will help you to become well-prepared to deal with such situations.

Give your Boss The Benefit of the Doubt

Don’t become defensive. Give your boss the benefit of doubt by imagining that you are being too sensitive, or you are misinterpreting his tone. Your boss might not be necessarily focused on other’s feelings, but rather is concentrating on the facts.

Step back and reassess the situation from an honest point of view. Try and speak with your boss in a one on one situation to reduce any chance of misunderstanding.

Explain to your Boss How You Feel

At times, your manager might not be aware of the impact that his statement and attitude have on you emotionally. Maybe your boss has gotten carried away by his own personal feelings, which makes him unaware of the harshness in his tone of voice.

A sensitive and friendly conversation can help raise awareness on the issue. Rehearse your statements beforehand to avoid getting emotional during the conversation. Discuss the current issue, including how it has affected your work and request changes that you would like to happen.

Avoid Being Personal

Developing a thick skin will make it easier to put up with a boss that feels threatened by his staff. You obviously are aware that your boss is belittling others and is doing so out of his or her own insecurities. He may be acting this way to make himself feel better, or more satisfied, in his own work. If so, you can try to ignore it altogether.

It will not help the situation to call him out on his behavior in front of your colleagues. Instead, find out what caused the problem, fix it, and move on with your work. This will help to avoid the problem becoming an issue again.

Show What You are Capable of

Perhaps, your Bullseye Boss always sees you as a fool. He totally got it wrong because there is a reason you are employed in the first place. Prove your boss is wrong, by stepping up your performance.

By delivering quality work every time, your boss might see an error in his criticism. Ask your boss what he thinks that you could be doing differently. Maybe you’re not aware of some mistake that you’re making. Make him aware that you appreciate the job and want to please him. This will go a long way with your boss.

Finally

Every employee deserves to be seen  for what they represent and their capability. If a Bullseye boss doesn’t give you the respect that you deserve, try implementing the above tips. These tips will help to open the boss’s eyes to how valuable you are and the way that you should be treated.

Disclaimer: Coping with a boss who is always blaming can be a draining situation to be in! Don’t give up.