April 28, 2014
you ever had a REALLY bad boss? Well I have. This individual drove
everybody out and the company had to close the regional office, because
everyone quit or was fired. I quit after being there for just 6 months;
and, only days after being recognized as the region's top new sales
professional. I couldn't take it any longer! This job was so bad that I
don't even list it on my resume or LinkedIn profile. Nothing was done to
fix the situation, even after several people complained to HR, and one
individual recorded a meeting in which he was verbally assaulted and
threatened. Here are some traits that my former manager exemplified that
led to the shutdown of the office and the mass exodus of employees.
likes to be micro managed. Be a leader not a micro manager. Be someone
that your employees admire and want to work hard for. Do this by leading
by example with your work ethic, integrity, and by treating people with
respect. Do not constantly threaten people with their job. If this is
your idea of coaching your team, then you should not be in management.
As the boss you should be the teacher and find ways to help people
improve. Managing by fear will make your employees resent you and the
company. The first chance they get they will jump ship. My old boss
locked the back door, so we had to pass by his office every time we left
the office so he could keep tabs on us.
Do Not Create Office Politics
manager pitted his people against one another. He told one person one
thing that someone said and then told the other person the same thing.
Office politics kill morale and as the manager you should be doing
things to prevent it not perpetuate it. Don't be vindictive. Create a
positive environment where people want to come to everyday.
Do Not Lie and Be Mean to Customers
caught this individual lying to customers on more than one occasion.
Additionally, in a meeting with a CFO of a local company, he was so mean
and rude that she actually threw the quote across the table at him.
Then she kicked us out of her office, said she would NEVER do business
with us, and told us to not come back. Yes, this was the low point of my
career. It was truly an out of body experience.
Keep Your Dirty Laundry at Home
former manager was always telling us about the drama that was happening
at his house between him and his wife. Imagine that, his wife didn't
like him either. It made everyone uncomfortable and resent him even
Don't Gripe About Your Employees Working Hard if You Are Not Yourself
caught him watching YouTube videos all the time in his office. Then he
would take every chance he could get to tell us all how worthless we all
were and that we weren't working hard enough.
used to curse during meetings at employees and use public humiliation
to put people down. Again, do this and your employees will quit.
likes someone that is a know it all and can do no wrong. Don't take all
the credit when things go right and then be the first to pass blame
when things go wrong.
Have you ever had that pit in your stomach
develop on Sunday just from the thought that Monday is only a day away;
and, you know you have to go back to work? Well, I am glad I don't have
it anymore! That place is my rear view mirror. If your manager
exemplifies some of these traits, maybe just anonymously drop a copy of
this article on his or her desk.