What is a Bad Boss?

Bad Boss - Spot oneWhat is a Bad Boss?

Now, just what exactly is a bad boss? Well, the term bad boss can mean many things to people because there are different types of bad bosses. Referring to a bad boss is suggesting that their ‘behavior’ is bad; but not necessarily the person. Although, some bad bosses are truly bad to their core.

Those who make good bosses understand and have leadership qualities which make their employees thrive. On the other hand, a bad boss does the complete opposite. Employees serving under a bad boss will suffer greatly at their hand. A bad boss can suck the joy out of your job altogether and decrease the possibility of success for your department or for the company as  a whole.

Types of Bad Bosses:

There are many, many types of bad bosses! Some of the most common types of bad bosses include, the micromanager, bully, weakling, dictator, inadequate toddler, fear monger, dreamer, robot, people pleaser, owner, etc. Time Magazine rates the top five worst bad bosses as follows:

  1. The “crooked politician” 
  2. The bully 
  3. The micromanager 
  4. The workaholic 
  5. The BFF 

(Click any of the bad bosses above to learn what they are.)

How do you spot a Bad Boss when applying for a job?

Bad bosses are not that hard to spot! Sadly, Bad Bosses are prevalent like a plague. Just do a google search for the term Bad Boss and you will find so much content on this subject. On the job, over time, you will easily be able to identify if your boss is good or bad. But, what if you are applying for a new job? Here are the top three ways to spot a bad boss during a job interview (although there are countless more signs).

  1. The first indicator of a Bad Boss is their vocabulary. They use self centered words like, “I” or “me” instead of “we” or “our team”. This could be a sign that they are not team players and may try to take credit for their employee’s work.
  2. Next, how do they pay attention to you? Do they give you their full attention? Or are they distracted by E-mail, their phone, or other things? Good bosses maintain eye contact during interviews. This could mean that they are rude, not interested in you as a candidate, or not interested in their company anymore.
  3. Finally, what kind of answers do the employer provide to your questions? Job candidates are encouraged to bring a minimum of ten questions to a job interview. If the employer does not directly answer your questions, averting the subject, then you may be dealing with a bad boss (or the company is not a good one to work for).

Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss?

Disclaimer: Most of our Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous. However, working for a Bad Boss is not funny! Do you have an experience working for a Bad Boss? Tell us about it HERE.