10 Signs You May Be a Bad Boss

by Evil HR Lady on June 11, 2020

Are you a good manager or a bad one?

That’s actually not an easy question to answer. There are times when good managers have employees who hate them and bad managers have employees who love them. Bad managers can get results while good managers can have failures. 

If that’s possible, you may wonder why it’s important to be a good manager. Bad managers will have short term successes, high levels of employee burnout, and higher turnover. These are all expensive and a bad way to run a company.

A good manager doesn’t guarantee success, but good managers are willing to take feedback, make changes, and treat their employees properly.

I received an email from a reader whose manager was impossible to work with. I asked him to describe what made this person a bad manager. The reader sent this list describing how their manager treated them.

To keep reading, click here: 10 Signs You May Be a Bad Boss

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mr. Cajun2core June 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

I have had some bad bosses in the past but none *this* bad. I have had bosses do some of these but none that have done all of them!

I really fell sorry for this person.


Jerri June 11, 2020 at 6:56 pm

My former boss did all of these things, however he did them to get rid of existing people and bring his people in. Sometimes bosses aren’t unintentionally bad, sometimes it is intentional. And they don’t care whether they are doing a bad job or not, they are making strategic staffing decisions and acting accordingly. It would be good to go over this situation as well, because in the time of COVID, it’s the wild wild west and managers can get away with anything.


Mr Blond, James Blond June 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Exactly so. My former director sneered at me during meetings, gave me unreasonable deadlines, and generally made my work life unpleasant. As soon as I left (and I took 6 months to make sure I got a better job elsewhere), he replaced me with a crony from another division. A division represented 1/3rd of the company — but astonishingly was disbanded as unprofitable a few months after that.

Coincidence? I think not.


Nancy June 12, 2020 at 5:12 pm

I had a micromanager boss a while back. She once gave some project paperwork to an employee to complete an assignment and, a few days later, removed the paperwork from the employee’s desk, without leaving a note. The employee frantically looked for the missing paperwork and eventually learned that the boss had removed it from the employee’s desk. Maybe the employee wasn’t accomplishing the task fast enough? This is just one example of maddening behavior. I could write volumes about this bad manager.


Texan In Exile June 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

My previous boss hit at least five of these. And I fought back. No wonder she finally just eliminated my position. It’s easier to get rid of the symptom than to cure the disease.


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