Things not going well at work? Does it seem like the boss is always riding you, making your life difficult? Would you consider your manager a horrible boss?
Your relationship with your direct superior can be one of the most stressful aspects of any job, especially when you two just can’t seem to get along. You often find yourself wondering what you can do, or change about yourself, to make things better. But sometimes it’s not your fault. In the end, some of those we work for may be good people, but are horrible bosses.
It’s Not You, It’s Your Horrible Boss
Working for a boss who has little or no interpersonal skills can take a real toll on any employee. The physical and emotional stress can affect your productivity, your health, and your general state of mind. If the situation lasts long enough, it can impact not just your current work but your entire career.
But how do you know if you have a bad boss?
This infographic by OfficeVibe can help identify a less than effective manager. As you’ll see, there are indicators that can tell you if your boss is making it seem as though your job sucks.
Does your boss yell a lot? Do they expect too much? Create drama by playing favorites or assessing blame? Do they talk about their long-term vision, or does it seem like they’re always putting out short-term fires? Walk around angry and generally make your workplace uncomfortable with their disposition? Micro-manage, when a hands-off approach might be a far more effective management style?
These and other indicators could mean you have a horrible boss. And if you do, it may be time to forgive yourself and move on.
After all, life is too hard to carry other people’s baggage. Especially at work.