Horrible Bosses

Brittney Means, Opinion Editor

Bobby (Boss): “Oh yeah, we’ve got to trim some of the fat around here.”

Kurt (Employee): “What do you mean by trim the fat?”

Bobby: “I want you to fire the fat people.”

Kurt: “What?!”

Bobby: “They’re lazy and they’re slow and they make me sad to look at.”

This is from the movie “Horrible Bosses.”

Horrible bosses don’t just exist in the movies; they’re everywhere.  From the jerk boss you have now to the guy who hires the little children in China to work.

Have you ever not wanted to go to work for the simple fact that you hate the person you work for?  Have you ever wanted to show up to work, slap your boss in the face and turn around and leave?  Does even the thought of your boss make you cringe?  If the answer is yes, you have a horrible boss.

According to Human resources there are many themes running through bad bosses.  The most common trait bad bosses have is their love for brownnosers, tattletales, and relatives who report to them. They choose favorite employees and cover up and make excuses for the poor work of their favorites. They ignore selected people until there is a problem, then nail them for it and just discriminate against the rest of the employees. 

Sound like your boss yet?  If not, I’m sure one of these characteristics will.

A boss is bad if he or she is not qualified for the boss job by either skills or experience, will not let go of problems or mistakes and continually returns to discuss negative events and searches for faults in employees, will not accept constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement and can’t deal with disagreement from employees who have their own opinions about work related issues, bad bosses lack integrity, breaks promises, and are dishonest and last but most certainly not least bad bosses cause dissention among staff members by his or her actions and comments.

When it comes down to it, an employee may feel there is not much they can do when dealing with their bosses’ bad behavior.  The employee may feel inferior to the boss and continue to work in that stressful atmosphere; some may even quit their job all together to avoid confrontation.

However, according to a poll done on humanrecources.com, the majority of the people that took the poll said they would talk to their boss about the issues going on.

Talk to the boss and tell him or her issues you are having.  If that doesn’t work, talk to that person’s manager and if all else fails the next people you can talk to are the members of the Human Resources staff at your business.   More power to you if you want to talk to your boss because that is the best thing to do. 

Respect is hard to give to someone who doesn’t deserve it but hang in there and maybe one day you will get to be the great boss!

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