Horrible Boss? 10 Ways To Know If You Have—Or Are—One

July 13, 2016

We’ve all heard the old saying: People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. So how do you know if your boss is merely bad, or just plain horrible? And if you’re the horrible boss, are you aware of the things you may be doing to demotivate your team?

Some interesting research, recently shared by our friends over at, has revealed what employees say are the 10 most common habits of a really horrible boss. How many of these rude, crude and maybe even lewd behaviors have you seen exhibited by managers? (We’re guessing “too many.”)

Tell us your “horrible boss” stories in the comments section, and share any tips you might have for dealing with the problem of horrible bosses: What worked—or didn’t work—for you? Oh, and managers… feel free to chime in. Have you ever been guilty of some of the habits on the list? What was your wake-up call, what techniques did you use to modify your behavior, and how did your team respond?


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