5 not-so-obvious signs you’re a horrible boss and employees probably hate you
“I am not one of those so-called toxic bosses,” you say. Well, don’t be too sure.
Here are five not-so-obvious signs you’re a terrible boss:
1. You say things like “We’re a family” or “We are building something big”
This is often a gaslighting technique used to make people take on things that aren’t really part of their job description, because how else can a boss rationalise forcing all his or her employees to attend their colleague's naming ceremony or wedding and contribute money towards it? You can’t enforce what people use their private time and money to do.
Another way the "we are a family" phrase leads to toxicity is sending employees on errands that have nothing to do with work, like picking up your laundry.
We are building something big in another phrase toxic bosses say to force you to take pay cuts and work crazy hours. It’s often healthier to differentiate work from family.
2. You have no filter
A quality of a good boss is tact, and a quality of a bad boss is a lack of tact. There are just some things you shouldn’t say, like sexual jokes such as “I bet you had a wild night last weekend” or “When was the last time you had sex?”.
Also, when passing criticism, you shouldn’t cast aspersions on their character or mutter full-blown insults like, “You are dumb” or "fool" “stupid”.
3. You don’t pay salaries on time, but you expect your employees to work
To expect people to put in their best and even come to the office and not pay them when due is akin to emotional torture. If you can’t pay your employees, you probably shouldn’t hire them in the first place.
4. You are always calling for work at odd hours and weekends
If you are sending an urgent email or putting a phone call through by 12 a.m. in the middle of the night, then you are quite toxic. Except that it’s a matter of literal life and death, there is no need to send that mail or put that call through to your employees. The same rule applies on weekends and when they are on vacation.
5. You love long, pointless meetings
Before you schedule a long meeting, ask yourself, “Can this be an email?” If you love to waste everyone’s time in meetings that really don’t add to productivity, then rest assured that your employees or subordinates probably hate you.
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