Five signs you are about to work for a difficult boss
Finding a job that ticks all the boxes (perfect job role, decent salary, and great benefits) is almost like finding a genie box. But finding a suitable work environment is made all the more complicated by the fact that some workplaces are just purely toxic. Let’s face it: A toxic workplace is just about the worst situation anyone could end up in (we wouldn’t even wish it on anyone).
It can take a terrible toll on one’s physical and mental health. It brings down your self-esteem, productivity, creativity and causes you to overthink, lose sleep, and question everything you ever knew. And that’s why we have compiled an anti-difficult boss checklist to help you in your next job.
- Unequal work and life balance
Every job has its expected hours of work, whether you are an hourly worker or salary employee (It is usually included in the contract).
As an employee, you agree to work – whether part-time or full-time – an average number of hours. Anything beyond the agreed work hours is considered overtime and should be compensated – if you are an hourly worker while it does not mean an extra income for a salaried worker. You deserve fair pay for your time and skills.
Whatever your work contract details include, be mindful of the hours you put in. DO NOT work overtime – except in particular circumstances. Be WARY of bosses that request you do an extra hour or two to receive a late report or some other work-related issue. Remember to monitor your work and life balance. The fact that you are a professional doesn’t mean you should sacrifice the latter for the former.
If it looks like the boss or manager at the company is obsessed with him/herself, run! This type of boss thinks too highly of themselves, ignores the opinions of others, and their favorite words are “I”, “me”. In most cases, they sing their praises, fail to see their shortcomings, and their actions are fueled by their ego even during the interview session. It is either their way or no way. This type of behavior tends to stunt creativity and wreak havoc on the employees’ mental health.
Except you enjoy second-guessing yourself, we’ll advise you to avoid a workplace with this kind of boss.
Holding employees accountable is an essential part of any company or business. But it’s another thing entirely to micromanage. It is far from healthy if the boss monitors and hounds you at every turn and hour, even down to the simplest thing.
Micromanaging is an excellent example of a toxic boss and workplace. It’s a sign that the boss either doesn’t trust the employees to complete a task or that he/she is unable to delegate tasks and control. It usually leads one to second guess and death of creativity. Except you have complete control of your mental health, it’s usually best you walk away from such an environment.
Any company that lacks employee retention isn’t the ideal company you would want to work for. Lack of retention is a HUGE red flag. It’s a sure sign that the employees having brief careers due to internal issues. So, try to pinpoint why the company you are about to work for has a high turnover. Is it due to management issues? Unfit to lead bosses? Unfair wages? Poor treatment of employees?
Whatever the reason, pay attention to how often the turnover occurs. In the long run, it is a blazing red flag. Flee if you can.
Communication is vital in the workplace. A boss constantly changing his/her directives, policies and management is only taking you for a cartwheel ride. Lack of consistent communication is detrimental to not only the business and also the productivity of the employees.
It makes renders them inefficient and unproductive. A good boss is transparent and clear in his communication. He informs his employees of any new change, message, and announcement.
In summary, he will keep his employees in the know.