People don’t leave jobs they leave bosses
Most people don’t leave jobs; because the job is too difficult, too boring, they leave jobs due to poor bosses. Bad bosses are bad for the economy, bad for business, bad for society and generally they are just bad – cue a sound file of Mr. Mackey from South Park – M’kay. They cause dread, doom, and gloom on Sunday nights before the start of the week. They cost employers and employees their health, wealth, and sanity. Hiring or working for a bad boss is the quickest way to ruin careers and businesses. If you have ever worked for a bad boss, I’m sure you can relate. If you are currently working for a bad boss, it is time to fire them and move on before they ruin your career or worse your life, but first: What is a bad boss?
Bad bosses come in multiple flavors, but share the following basic tendencies and characteristics:
Bad bosses have only one-way communication: their way or no way – generally the wrong way with a threat about hitting the highway.
They are so thrilled with their “power” that they basically think they are always the smartest people in the room and generally create a culture by surrounding themselves with “yes-men/women” to avoid having to realize otherwise. Discussions are next to impossible; ideas are only ideas if they thought of it. Innovation and productivity is lower on teams with bad bosses. Companies that tolerate bad bosses like this are heading for the cliff or already in free fall without realizing it.
Bad Bosses Play favorites, spread rumors, and pit people against each other – everything is personal.
It is one thing to have friends in the work place; it is another thing to create cliques and rumor mills. Bad bosses create situations in which people are divided, by marginalizing others in conversations and pitting people against one another by creating rumors. Everything is highly personalized; bad bosses have trust issues and seek to shelter themselves. Productivity and collaboration takes a fall when bad bosses go unchecked.
Bad Bosses bully and humiliate people in public, yell and scream when things don’t go their way, and rule with fear and cause people to walk on egg shells – think North Korea.
The bad bully boss is probably the most common you will encounter – or at least the most noticeably bad by definition. These people are probably narcissists that push their way to these positions. The proverbial axe is always hanging over the heads of who they lead. They keep people on task via the nuclear option and create intellectual blockades to new ideas or analysis. The bully boss is always looking for a reason to attack someone, even to the point of taking non-issues and making major issues out of them. Group psychological effects alone cost companies sick days, energy spent on covering themselves, rather than being productive. The long term damage to the company results in poor company culture, high turnover, and reliance on ineffective defeated workers or promotion of more bad bosses.
Bad bosses renege on promises, lie, cheat, and steal; they hide and horde information for themselves – they make devils seem reliable.
The unreliable lying bad boss are simply bad humans. The bad boss that lies to protect themselves, steal ideas, admiration, thunder from their “minions”, and cheat to get ahead. This is one of the most dangerous types of bosses. Business ethics are beyond their capacity to understand. They only care about themselves will throw people under the bus and lie to protect their jobs. A boss like this is a train wreck waiting to happen, they can cause company meltdowns, legal actions against companies, and destroy any notion of trust internally and externally – subprime mortgage lending, Volkswagen emissions fall out and failed quality control of Airbags at Takata are probably the result of bad bosses and will take years before trust can be reestablished.
If you find yourself working for Bad Bosses, it is time to Fire them.
No one should tolerate bad bosses long term, for health, wealth and peace of mind; a job search should be your first priority. Often, the bad boss has insulated themselves so well that going to human resources or presidents will have little effect. The tactics and strategies they employ causes companies to think they can’t afford to lose them or make them seem more reliable or trustworthy – complaints will fall on deaf ears. It is simply better to move on. But, here is the challenge for companies that suspect they have bad bosses.
Everyone is replaceable.
Bad bosses are replaceable despite their tactics and strategies to keep their jobs. It is up to GOOD management, human resources and TRUE leaders to set the stage for great corporate cultures. Analyze management strategies, ask questions, re-interview managers and maintain engagement with workers and bosses both good and bad. Create a culture of transparency – bad bosses fear the light; they can only hide in the dark recesses of a bad corporate cultures and Dante’s Eighth Circle of Hell. Great corporations with great corporate cultures don’t employ or promote bad bosses.