If you have ever been unfortunate enough to work for a bad boss, then you know exactly how much of a negative affect they can have on your performance and enjoyment in a role. It is for that reason we are going to use this month’s blog to look at what makes a bad boss – so you can ensure that you don’t have a detrimental effect on your own staff. (so that your company avoids having a detrimental effect on its staff) (so that your company hierarchy avoids having a detrimental effect on its staff) (so that you avoid having a detrimental effect on your own staff)

You lie

Depending on the nature of your role you may sometimes have to lie to your team. For example, if sales are down you may lie in order to keep up moral. But consistently lying to your staff can lead to a toxic environment that disrupts your team’s productivity. Furthermore, if you aren’t honest with your staff you can’t reasonably expect the same from them so try to keep things as open and as genuine as possible.

You micromanage

When we speak to prospective candidates the one thing they say they want more than anything is more autonomy in their role. Micromanagers who watch over their team every second seem pushy and overbearing, which can cause added stress. If you really can’t trust someone to deal with a task on their own, then why did you hire them in the first place?

You don’t take on board feedback

One of the cornerstones of a productive employee-employer relationship is effective communication. Your staff should feel that they can come to you and air any grievances they have. If you are unwilling to listen to them and take these things on board, you and your company will never grow.

You don’t give constructive feedback

Just as important as taking on board feedback is giving constructive feedback. As an employee there are few things worse than coming into work, giving your all every day and having no idea how your manager feels about your progress. Be sure to regularly sit down with your employees on a one to one basis and offer both positive and negative feedback in a constructive manner. Don’t wait until their yearly performance review!

You want everyone to be like you

Within every successful company you will find a range of people with different personalities and skills. A good boss will always embrace this fact and encourage individuality. Expecting everyone to be exactly like you is a sure sign you are a bad boss!

We hope you found this blog useful. Be sure to check in again next month.