A friend of mine once said to me “No matter how nice your boss is, there comes a time where you start hating them.” Funnily enough, it is true. Most people intrinsically dislike authority. I believe there was name for this disease, too that Linklater might have coined—stickittothemaneosis. But when people actually have a reason to hate their bosses, studies claim your bad boss can actually make you sick.
If you’re starting up your business, you might not realize what a huge burden you carry. Not only are you taking care of operations and finance and all that jazz, you’re also carrying your entire human resource. Their morale, their productivity, their likelihood to switch jobs depends on how you carry yourself around them. Because you don’t want to end up as another tale about horrible bosses.
What Makes a Boss Horrible?
Look, I understand that you as the head have got responsibilities of your own. You’ve got to get things done, and you’ve got to delegate duties. And I understand that making sure everyone is on the same page is tiresome and not as easy as it seems. But step into your employee’s shoes for a moment, and step back to see how they view you.
Here’s an infographic by OfficeVibe that lists the features of a horrible boss. I’d be worried if you check more than 5…
This chart should be your reality check. Because as long as you’re controlling, condescending and quick to blame, eventually there will be a time when no one would want to work for you. Word spreads quickly about horrible bosses. And remember, this is a time where Millennials are taking over the work force, and they prefer flatter organizations with an open culture. You might be chasing away pretty good resources who would’ve done wonders for your company.
The Employee-Boss Dynamic
Speaking of which, you might want a clearer picture of how your behavior or management style is playing up with your employees. OfficeVibe did another survey to ask people how a bad boss affects their career at an organization. What surprised me was that over 65% people said that they’d rather get rid of their boss than get a pay raise.
Here are a few more facts you should know of…
Being a manager does not have to mean being a bully. That’s what you’ve got to keep in mind.
A New Perspective
Being a leader and getting things done is great. It would make your workers feel fulfilled and accomplished even. But if your behavior has become downright abusive, that’s where you’ve got to stop and reset. Stop micromanaging, stop trying to control every little detail. Hire good employees and give them some leeway to do things they want, too. Doesn’t mean you have to stop watching over them. Just means that you should you could try subtler ways of employee monitoring for the freedom generation.