Bad Employees, Hostile Work Environment August 27, 2014 Melinda Longoria, MSM

Ok, let’s get real. Why would you unite with boss-haters? We’ve all worked for a bad boss at one time or another. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, approximately two million Americans quit their job every month due to a bad boss. Most managers fail because of lacking people skills and poor communication.

But, are you a boss-hater?

At we don’t hate “bosses” in general. Not all bosses are bad. In fact, we regularly outline bosses who deserve the title of “Great Boss”! But, we do hate BAD BOSSES who practice poor leadership, bringing frustration, exasperation, and havoc to the workplace. So, don’t be a chronic “Boss-Hater”. We can learn things from every boss that we’ve had, whether good or bad. Boss-haters can be bad for the organization. So, what is a boss-hater?

Jack Welch, executive chairman at the Jack Welch Management Institute, published an article on LinkedIn, “Are you a Boss-Hater?“, in which he encouraged readers to take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves if they might just be a breed of boss-hater that has a gloomy view of the working world. He recommends thinking of a boss that you’ve personally encountered who didn’t have a problem. If you are not able to think of a single boss, then the problem might be that you’re a boss-hater and you should therefore work on opening up your mind.

You might be a boss-hater if…

  • You think that “everyone is dumb but you”.
  • You feel that you are a noble victim, speaking truth to power.
  • No matter who you work for, you hate every boss.
  • You feel the system and organization’s flaws are always at fault.
  • You are not able to find value in anyone above you.

Maybe you are not a boss-hater. You simply have a Bad Boss in your current position. There are three things that you can do about that trying situation. Leave the job, change the circumstances, or accept and adapt to the situation.

Stay clear of boss-haters in the workplace, because they usually are drawn together and united by their boss-hating attitudes. There are better ways to engage in the workplace than creating more negative than positive results. The organization may catch wind of the disgruntled group, and your boss may even try to retaliate. Don’t make yourself and those around you miserable by being, or uniting with a boss-hater.

What if you have a boss-hater working in your department or on your team? Mary Abbajay, president and co-founder of the Careerstone Group, recommends that you confront the individual. Identify the source of his or her problem. Do they hate you, or is it all bosses? If they hate all bosses, they are a boss-hater. Work on building a better and more constructive relationship with the employee. If you can not find a solution, consider letting the negative employee go. And, if the employee just has a problem with you, identify ways that you can correct your own behavior.

Even though a boss may have earned their position, that fact does not make them a good boss. According to Dr. Marla Gottschalk, practice manager, organizational development, at Rand Gottschalk, a manager with deep technical expertise is not what’s important to be a good manager. “Great managers don’t simply manage the numbers – they coach, clarify goals, provide feedback, align work with our strengths and inspire. …They express real concern for their team, have open conversations and are willing to provide ongoing support.”

Let’s strive to appreciate good managers and BE GREAT BOSSES!

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Disclaimer: Boss-haters do exist in the workplace. However, working for a bad boss is quite draining. Do you have an experience working with a real bad boss? Tell us about it HERE.

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