How to Recognize and Protect Yourself from a Bad Boss

Updated on September 26, 2016
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Red Flags During the Interview

More than 82% of employees currently report being unhappy with their working conditions and site a bad boss as the cause of their displeasure. With the economy in a slump and a serious job shortage in the U.S., most people just accept poor working conditions due to a lack of options. Many employees do not complain in fear of retaliation.

A bad boss isn't easy to spot, but working for one will have lasting effects on your daily life and future career prospects. They come in many forms from incompetent slackers to evil egotistical maniacs with a master plan. How can you tell if the person interviewing you is a bad boss?

Many applicants seeking a job focus intently on performing well during an interview and fail to consider whether the boss and the company is one they would really prefer to work for. Potential bosses are on their best behavior during the interview process, however there are things he or she may do that indicate they are a bad boss.

How to Screen a Potential Boss

  • During an interview, pay particular attention to how this potential employer treats existing employees within the company, especially if your interview is conducted in a group setting. Take notice to whether he or she listens to the input of other employees and if they seem supportive or dismissive. A bad boss will not encourage other staff members to ask questions or finish a train of thought.
  • Directly ask a potential boss what his or her short and long term goals are for the company. If you get a cookie cutter answer, or no answer- you probably won't want to work for this individual due to his or her lack of dedication, foresight, and organization.
  • If a potential boss keeps you waiting for your interview, it can indicate he or she has time management deficiencies or they don't respect your time. You can expect this potential boss to treat customers this way also. If you will be directly working with customers, this lack of time management and respect for others can impact your effectiveness in pleasing customers.
  • Ask questions! If your potential boss doesn't consider your questions thoughtfully, looks at his or her watch, acts distracted or uninterested, it is a red flag. Chat up any employees you can talk to and ask them what they like about their jobs. If they roll their eyes or say run for the door- he or she is probably a bad boss.

Welcome to the Bad Boss

If you missed the red flags during the interview and initial correspondence, it is likely you will soon find out that you are working for a bad boss. There are seven classic types of "bad bosses" and chances are you can easily spot which category your taskmaster falls into. Unfortunately, bosses may be a combination of these categories, making dealing with them even more difficult.

The Dictatorial Control Freak

This boss is the "hovering" type who must oversee every detail of every project. They can be found looking over your shoulder at the computer to track your progress and your activities. This type of boss can be particularly defeating as they want tasks done their way even if there is a more efficient way to do them. Their faithless attitudes leave employees uninspired and unheard. If you work for a control freak, it is important to not them bully or intimidate you. To survive, you must stand up for yourself and always be ready to defend your work product and probably your integrity.

The Incompetent Slacker

The incompetent slacker usually lands his or her position from sheer luck, inheritance, knowing someone in the company, or by smooching the right behinds. It is obvious to everyone this person is winging it on a daily basis and this boss is usually clueless about running the company. As a boss, the slacker rarely interferes with an employee's day to day tasks as he or she does not have a clue as to what needs to be done or how. This boss succeeds only because he or she has the right people supporting him. In times of success, this boss will also take all the credit. It is important to have a clear job description in writing and make sure you comply with your duties. Eventually this slacker's luck will run out. This boss doesn't know enough to make well thought out decisions for the company. To keep your job, it is best to "suggest" things to this boss when he is way off base and let him think the great idea was his.

The Ostrich

The ostrich is the paranoid boss who fears his or her responsibilities and upper level management. He or she is the nervous type who double checks everything done by lower level employees. He or she will avoid controversy and try to keep staff on track to avoid rocking the proverbial boat. Should you have a question about a project, you cannot expect this boss to give you a quick answer as he will have to triple check the answer with upper management. His or her lack of confidence may overshadow any work done by his employees. To deal with the ostrich, it is best to always double check your own work to prevent anxiety and embarrassment to the department.

Mr. Penny Pincher

Normally, the Penny Pincher boss is either the owner of the company or a supervisor of a company under tight budget restrictions. He or she limits the amount of money spent on needed office supplies and always has a quick excuse ready for anyone seeking a raise. If this boss is in a profit industry, the best way to deal with him is to demonstrate your requests for supplies or raises with detailed analysis on savings to the company or through your own accomplishments in making the company money.

The Egomaniac

This boss works very hard to uphold his own image and he does not pay much attention to those he tramples on his way to the top. While he will pulverize anyone who gets in his way, he soon forgets those who helped him get to where he is. To effectively deal with this boss, it would be helpful for you to be the president of his fan club at the office. If he or she is competent and worthy of respect, supporting this egomaniac may take you up the corporate ladder. If he is not respectable, it could hurt your working reputation to be associated with this boss.

The Passive Aggressive Boss

Probably the MOST frustrating boss of all, he or she may seem very nice and laid back when you first meet him and you may think he or she is even cool. You will first get the sense that this boss really goes the extra mile to be "nice". All at once this boss has a surprising change in behavior similar to pouting. These bosses have difficulty in saying what they really want and feel but expect things to be done their way. These bosses have a true personality disorder that cause them to be passive and agreeable one minute, and stubborn and resentful the next. They purposely procrastinate with tools needed to get the job done in silent protest, yet they will never verbalize the fact that they are angry. They will leave you guessing what you did wrong on a daily basis. These bosses are nice to your face and later you will realize that with every problem in the office, he was secretly throwing you under the bus of responsibility. It is best to keep good notes, document everything, and only try to catch this boss on a stable day if you need input. As an employee you must step back from their behavior and realize you are not at fault for their mood changes.

The Evil Boss from the Deepest Depths of Hell

Sadly, there are some very evil people in this world and many of them are bosses. These bosses are bad seeds. These bosses are the liars, embezzlers, con artists, and thieves. Their agenda's rarely have anything to do with the job at hand, but a master plan that goes beyond the work place. If you encounter this boss, you must proceed with caution. These bosses protect their master plan and will demolish anyone who interferes. You must not act until you have documentation of his or her activities and can prove any claim you make. If this person is the owner of the company, it is best you leave before you are implicated and report this boss to authorities. If this person is not the owner, collect your proof and present it to upper management or the proper authorities before this evil boss terminates you.

Example of a Horrible Boss

What to Do If a Boss Gets Out of Hand

If you are in a situation with a boss who is abusing you there are some things you can do to make your situation more manageable. If speaking directly with your boss does not work, these additional steps may help:

  • Speak to the human resource department where you work if you have one. Present your case in a calm manner and don't make accusations you can not prove.
  • If there is not a human resource department where you work and the situation is unbearable, contact your local Equal Employment Security Commission. They offer free services and protection to employees in abusive situations. Most offices have an intake form online in which you explain your situation. Once they receive your information, they compile an official report if they think your rights are in danger. The ESC can intervene and offer mediation services between you and your employer and determine to prosecute your employer. This agency handles cases involving a violation of civil rights and most claims must be categorized as discrimination due to race or gender, disability, sexual harassment, and retaliation by the employer towards the employee as punishment.
  • Keep a detailed log of all daily activities, accomplishments, failures, and conversations with your boss in a hidden location. Add any thing that may be relevant in your case. These items will help you in your cause and can be vital if you are wrongfully terminated by a bad boss.
  • If you are in a dangerous or volatile situation or subject to physical or sexual harassment, consider purchasing a small, undetectable video camera to capture abusive behavior. Many mini cameras are available and can be worn on your clothing disguised as buttons and pens. Voice recordings are not admissible in court if a conversation is recorded without the knowledge and consent of the recorded party.
  • If you are the victim of a bad boss, it is important to protect yourself and avoid long term harm to your career. Despite a job shortage in the United States, no one deserves to be subject to abusive bosses just to keep a job!

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      • letstalkabouteduc profile image

        McKenna Meyers 

        2 years ago from Bend, OR

        I was recently a victim of a work place bully so I found your hub very enlightening. My boss wasn't the bully. However, it was my boss' hands-off style of leadership that let the bully seize control. If a leader isn't doing her job, someone will step and take charge...often, it's someone with ill intent.

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        poetryman6969 

        4 years ago

        Get a red stapler. Keep your resume fresh.

        Figure out nonlinear means for boss control. If you pay close attention to what is going on sooner or later you will notice that when X happens the boss is so completely absorbed, moved, frightened, made busy, etc he can no longer annoy you. Now the question is: Can you make X happen or appear to happen without getting into trouble? Better yet, find Y, Z and even W that keeps the boss out of your hair. Is there someone in your boss's chain of command who can reliably be provoked to push your bosses buttons?

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        ocfireflies 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Excellent hub. I totally agree that the "passive-aggressive" boss is the toughest one to deal with. Voted up.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Sadly, you are right bydojo. Thanks for sharing your insights here!

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        Ramona Jar 

        5 years ago from Romania

        I had to work for few months for someone who didn't deserve the position and was, for the lack of a better word, an idiot. I was SO frustrated back then that I wanted to punch the person in the face.

        The best solution in this case is to look for another job, while trying to ignore/have minimal contact with that person.

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        NicoleAnn 

        5 years ago from Illinois

        great hub! Voted you up...I especially enjoyed each detail of the different types of "bad bosses" very informative..Nicely written =)

      • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        That is terrible Maggie. Sounds like this guy is a true misogynist who dislikes women. It sounds like he is very disrespectful to you. If you can't go above his head, I hope you can find a better job. :(

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        maggie 

        5 years ago

        My boss is rude to where a lot of guys don't even hear it. I am the only female in this unit, and he only holds contempt towards me. I asked him what have I done, he says I talk too much. People avoid me because what I say is useless. He denied having contempt for me, but turned around and said when I talk to him it is very disturbing. He is very busy and I make him lose his concentration on things that are not worth hearing. All of this tongue lashing and finger pointing was behind closed doors. I will only speak if it is something to do with work. He cuts up and giggles with the guys, but gets frustrated if I walk in. I am a memember of this team too.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        I bet you have rebeccamealey. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Great information on the types of bosses. It is hard to decide which one is worse. As a teacher, I have definitely had my share of the egomaniac in the form of pninciPAL. LOL

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        Diego 

        5 years ago

        My solution to this problem:

        Never accept having a boss. Work as a freelancer. Be your own boss.

        Bill hourly for your time. Have clients, not bosses.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for reading and leaving such a wonderful comment Dancing Water. I appreciate that so much.

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        Dancing Water 

        6 years ago

        Excellent hub, Tammy! Thank you for taking the painstaking time to thoroughly describe the types of bad bosses as well as offering sound advice as to what ones options are in addressing the bad boss. Wonderfully expressed!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for sharing that hifizah. These bosses are aweful. They expect you to dig a hole while they hold on to the shovel. I'm glad you got away. :)

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        hifizah 

        6 years ago

        Great article. You seem to conclude all types of bad bosses that exist. My previous boss was the penny pincher. It was really hard to get new supplies from him. I couldn't stand it, so I left the job after six months.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        You are so right jpcmc. Too many work places end up being all about the bosses ego and not about the service provided. Thanks so much for reading!

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        JP Carlos 

        6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

        These are great tips. Employees should find a workplace where they can be productive without bosses from hell. In many instances it is these bad bosses that hinder the productivity and growth of employees.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        This is sadly true GClark. People are on their best behaviors during the interview process too. There are so many people writing and saying that they are stuck with a terrible and abusive boss and there just isn't any other way out. The job market is so bad these people can't find other jobs. When the economy was good people weren't as abused because bosses knew employees had other options. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here!

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        GClark 

        6 years ago from United States

        Well-written article with lots of helpful information; unfortunately, most people don't have an opportunity to view a potential employer interacting with his or her employees. By the time a person has identified that her new bosses are absolute psychos it is too late to do anything other than look for a new job before giving up the present. Have a friend who has found herself in this situation at a time when the job market is at an all time low. Am sure there are others in similar situations.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        If your rights are being violated, you can contact the Equal Opportunity Commission and they can offer mediation services in your situation. If your boss is SOB and just acting like one you may be stuck. With the economy being so bad right now, it is sad how many employers are taking advantage of their employees because they know the employee doesn't have many other options. I hope your situation gets better. :(

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        At a loss and unhappy 

        6 years ago

        What do you do if your boss is HR and there is no one on the next level above?

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Mollymeadows. I think you are so right. There are some bosses that can't handle power to the point where it corrupts them. Hey, did we work at the same place? LOL.

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        Mary Strain 

        6 years ago from The Shire

        Tammy, this hub is a public service. Thank you for sharing the tools to deal with an abusive boss. I've worked with many of these types over the years and it's incredibly frustrating. I think some people just plain can't handle power!

        Up, interesting and sharing!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I am sorry you got a stinker dwachira! There are too many bad employers all over the world. I am glad this person is no longer your boss.

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        [ Danson Wachira ] 

        6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

        I had a boss who used to threaten employees if they did apply jobs else where, i wish i had such as these tips. Thanks tammyswallow, voted up and shared.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for stopping by thesingernurse. I appreciate that!

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        Tina Siuagan 

        6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

        These are very helpful Tammy. This hub is perfect for everyone - newbies and long-term employees alike. Great job on this one! Voting up and sharing as well! :)

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Senoritaa,

        To bad for you! These bosses can be so difficult to work for. I think you are right.. they are everywhere! I appreciate your visit!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Glad you found it moonlake. Congratulations to you on NOT having a boss. LOL! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Rinita Sen 

        6 years ago

        My current one is the first type, and my last one was the second. I guess they all exist everywhere!!!

        Great hub!

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        moonlake 

        6 years ago from America

        If I had a boss this would be lots of good information. Voted Up.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for sharing that Express10. These types of bosses are really frustrating. Their lack of leadership creates big problems like this for everyone. I am glad you are no longer dealing with it anymore. People like that will take advantage of the fact that you CAN handle every thing with out his intervention and it is easier to let you do it all than to fix the problem. Thanks for stopping by!

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        H C Palting 

        6 years ago from East Coast

        Thanks for sharing this hub. I had the ostrich type boss who refused to intervene with a coworker that dodged her work, thereby increasing my workload significantly. The ostrich also refused to talk to a very aggressive, large man known for yelling at customers and coworkers alike. No matter who complained, nothing ever changed. Eventually after creating other sources of income, I quit because I could not endure it any more.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for reading Cclitgirl. I have had some whoppers and some good bosses. Right now I have a pretty laid back boss.. ME.. LOL. I appreciate your visit.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        6 years ago from Western NC

        That's a lot of different types of bosses! Whoa. I've worked - and left - for some of them. Great info here. I just try to do my job and avoid my boss. LOL.

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        Cathy Nerujen 

        6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

        This is a great hub. I recognized a few of the people you described in here. How cool is that? Excellent advice about what bosses to avoid. Basically ...avoid all of them. I guess I'm screwed. LOL.

        No, my boss is actually almost decent. :)

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Lord de Cross.. do you laugh in gest or recognition?

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        This is the best thing about hubpages RealHouseWife.. NO BOSS!! I am a great boss to me.. but I haven't figured out how to give myself a big fat raise yet. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Joseph De Cross 

        6 years ago from New York

        hahaha!

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        Kelly Umphenour 

        6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        I have worked for a couple of the bosses you described. Ew. It makes life miserable to go to work and I'd dread it before each day....the long walk down the punch in clock hall!! My mantra was "please be in a good mood today! Please be happy today!" lol. (or not lol!).

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for reading iamaudraleigh!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for reading CClitgirl. Keep an eye on your boss today. :)

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        iamaudraleigh 

        6 years ago

        Voted up...thank you!

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        6 years ago from Western NC

        I LOVE this! I'm headed to work in just a bit...I'll be thinking of you and this hub, tammy. :)

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for reading and sharing Ashley! I appreciate that. I hope you enjoy the tunes!

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        Elle Lewis 

        6 years ago from South East Asia Maritime Section - Phils

        Great Hub, very informative. Thanks so much for sharing. I grabbed a copy of this on my FB wall!! Loved it.

        tc,

        and the; Top 50 Songs for When You Are In A Bad Mood..( on my FB wall) and now downloading.. Thanks again!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I won't tell him you said that Ruchira. ;) Thanks for your comment and visit!

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        Ruchira 

        6 years ago from United States

        Such a worthy hub. Every person has a boss and this helps us gain an insight into it. Pssst....I have a forgetful one or should I say a self centered one...lol

        Only. Hope he does not read this :)

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        It is very true fpherj48. One day I will publish the whole story. It is sad to hear how many other people out there have it bad as well. :(

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I agree Angela Kane. These bosses don't deserve their jobs in these hard economic times. There are plenty of people willing to fill their shoes in a way that best serves the company. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thank you so much wonderingwooley!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks jainismus! Now that I am on hubpages, I am TRYING to be my own boss. :) You are sooo right! Thanks for reading this hub!

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        Paula 

        6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Tammy

        How sad and disappointing that you had to experience this lack of proper management fiasco. However, it is so rampant. What you went through is due to....what else?...money. If a company or agency wants to place top-notch, well-qualified Administration, take a guess what's required. TOP-NOTCH Salaries, complete with an ample benefit package.

        When the money is tight...OR the "owner" is cheap and greedy, here is a perfect example of "you get what you pay for." Terrible slip-shod situations that have unlimited turnover of staff because they've hired an irresponsible moron to run the ship. There you have it, Tammy. Sad but true.

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        Angela Kane 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

        Great hub, the worst bosses are the bullies that try to get under your skin and make your days at work horrible.

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        wonderingwoolley 

        6 years ago from Madison, WI

        This is a super informative, well organized, great, fantastic hub! I learned a lot, and will be sharing it with everyone I know who is cursed with an awful boss. Thanks so much!

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        Mahaveer Sanglikar 

        6 years ago from Pune, India

        The best way is to be your own boss! But your tips are very useful for those who want to work under a boss. Voted up.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I am glad you are a good boss and focus on your business and growth for all. You are a dying breed. :) It is wise to recognize that inspired employees lead to success. Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your hubs as well.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Gosh Nell, that doesn't sound like fun. I had a control freak boss who loved to watch me work. It is hard to say what she did when I wasn't there, but I was always around because she didn't want to answer the phone for five minutes while I went to the bathroom.. LOL. Bad bosses make for LONG workdays. Thanks for sharing your story and for your visit.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I have worked for the majority of them as well. This will wreak havok with your nerves for sure. There are few normal bosses left. Thanks for your visit!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Clueless.. That is bad for business and employees. That had to be very frustrating. Thanks for sharing!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for sharing golfcart34. Working for a passive aggressive boss is one of the worst experiences ever. Their indirect insults are counter productive and make it impossible to get anything done. If she fired you for having a disability you could sue her pants off. I am sorry you also had to go through all of this.

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        The Finance Hub 

        6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

        Great hub, a topic I never really thought about. These days, I own my own company and well, I don't think I'm like the bosses here! I guess I'm a good boss, but then again, I don't even look at myself as a boss. I believe that for a business to thrive, a business owner must look at employees like business partners, all working on a mutual goal to achieve success! Great hub voted up and interesting, hope you enjoy my hubs as well!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        You are fortunate Ardie. I have had a boss like that in my life. She was a great person of unquestionable integrity. When I was very young, she took it upon herself to polish me. Many people get offended when a boss tries to do this, but in my case I figured I could use the professional help starting out. Working for a bad boss is terrible and you will know one if you find one. In your case I would say if it isn't broken.. don't fix it. There is no shame in ANY kind of hard work.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thank you for your kind words Frank. I appreciate your visit and your comment.

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thank you hoteltravel. Humor does make it more bearable in most situations. Practical jokes in the office make for a fun day. Thanks for the vote up!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Alocsin! How awesome of you to notice!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        It certainly does Marcy! Well said. Thanks for reading!

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        Tammy 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Lord! That is a very funny ancedote. I appreciate your visit and your kind words.

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        Nell Rose 

        6 years ago from England

        This is a fantastic hub, and so very true! I had an evil, well, I was going to call her something but better not! so called boss! she was a control freak, every time I went to get coffee or get another piece of work she would go through my emails, desk drawers and even put my work on the window ledge to check it out! she made at least two other people leave! eventually we both got made redundant! I just wish I had gone to human resources! this hub will help loads of people looking for a new job, and of course a new boss!

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        daisynicolas 

        6 years ago from Alaska

        I worked with all these types (LOL) in my lifetime. No wonder I'm a total wreck (sic).

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        Carolee Samuda 

        6 years ago from Jamaica

        What about a good guy, very attentive and easy to talk to but have no idea how to run a business? This boss usually owns the business and spends the money without making sure the utilities and staff are paid. He then has to run around finding money for this and that. He has no management skills but will let people know he is the boss.

        BTW, that was my boss once.

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        Amanda Tallman 

        6 years ago from Vermont

        This was a fantastic hub! I had the displeasure of having to deal with the passive aggressive boss and ever since getting the boot from her I couldn't be happier. I also made sure to document everything as before I disclosed a disability I never had a problem with this person.

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        Paula 

        6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Tammy...Marking this hub up, useful & interesting. You've covered this topic extremely well.

        A not-so-well-kept-secret of major corporations is that they pay big bucks to hire people like myself to run seminars specifically geared toward training Upper & middle mgmt for the EXPRESS purpose of keeping their "feet on the ground." I say this, because despite being trained, tested and groomed to be the "ideal boss," so to speak...human nature is an enormous reality.

        What you will find is that regardless of age, education, background and/or experience.... place authority and power in a person's hands and the temptation to abuse it and use it to one's advantage and manipulation is a strong force.

        Unfortunate & often difficult to deal with or maneuver around, but it is what it is. Your suggestions should definitely be jotted down!

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        Sondra 

        6 years ago from Neverland

        Tammy, I couldn't imagine working for a bad boss - it would make every day so difficult to start! I've been lucky that all my bosses have been super great and very understanding. As a matter of fact, lots of people ask me why I'm still in my deadend security job. I tell them its because I can do ANYTHING and my boss understands - if I need time off for family my boss encourages it, and if I call off sick I don't get reprimanded or a difficult time for it. He is a great boss and I go out of my way to be a loyal employee :D BUT when the time comes to look for a more perm position I will look for your warning signs :)

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        Frank Atanacio 

        6 years ago from Shelton

        This hub should be posted on Job Boards and college campus boards yeah a super hub :)

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        hoteltravel 

        6 years ago from Thailand

        Well-researched and neatly put. Will share it with employed friends. When dealing with a bad boss, humor is one thing that makes it bearable. Voting up, useful and interesting.

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        alocsin 

        6 years ago from Orange County, CA

        I like that you not only point out the qualities of a bad boss but how to deal with the problem. Voting this Up and Useful.

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        Marcy Goodfleisch 

        6 years ago from Planet Earth

        You have captured so many of the typical personality types! I love the humor you injected in what is also a very grim (and real) topic. I agree that what goes around comes around, but it sure takes a while for it to happen sometimes, doesn't it? Great hub - voted up, useful and interesting.

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        jacy albertson 

        6 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

        Ugh, I've had my share of nightmare bosses, to say the least. And they're no better than the rest of us. They merely act that way. Good, and useful hum Tammy!

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        Joseph De Cross 

        6 years ago from New York

        Magnifecent Tammy,

        I should fire my boss then! What do I know is that what goes around, comes around..and it applies to them. The momentum of hatred they build leads them to a 'point of no return,' and eventually they will fall. Just one example: My ex boss got so fat, that his wife left him, and his sedentary life led him to the hospital and so on..! Thanks for putting this effort so well Tammy!

        LORD

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Superb hub! Excellent details and descriptions. I am lucky enough to never have had a bad boss. I actually married two of my bosses (not at the same time) so they must have done something right. Voted UP among others!!

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        wlionpage 

        6 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

        Oh..such a wonderful hub, I have noticed all positions Thanks

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