10 Ways Your Boss Kills Employee Motivation

Bosses can kill employee motivation

It’s so hard to have engaged employees.

It’s such a delicate thing to try and get right, because employees can be so fragile. As a manager, you have to do everything in your power to make sure employees are happy and engaged at all times.

Usually, the problem is the boss, and not things like the company, mission statement, or co-workers.

Knowing that the boss is the biggest problem, here are 10 things to watch out for. If you’re a manager and you’re reading this, make sure you avoid these mistakes to ensure that your employees are as engaged as they can be.

The secret to good leadership is to be authentic. Really be honest with your staff.

1. You Micromanage

This one never ceases to amaze me.

You hire an incredibly talented employee to take care of a task that you either have no more time for, or aren’t smart enough to do, and yet you micromanage them to the point where it’s not even them doing the work.

You need to remember why you hired this person in the first place, and learn to let go of that control. What you’re doing is making the employee feel useless, and this is obviously a sure way to demotivate them.

Even if you are 30% better at a task than someone who works for you, the time it takes for you to check on them every few hours, and demand approvals over trivial decisions, costs more in lost morale, passion for work, and destruction of self-respect among your staff than the 30% you think you’re adding.
- Scott Berkun

2. You Focus On Mistakes

Nobody likes to be surrounded by negativity.

Try your best to always have a positive attitude and to always create a positive environment in the office. Humans make mistakes, it’s natural, you need to learn to be more forgiving.

Instead of focusing on mistakes, try and focus on the wins (no matter how small) your team accomplished, this will ensure that they always stay motivated.

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
- Denis Waitley

3. You Dismiss Ideas

I’ll admit that not every idea is a good one, and not every idea that an employee has should be implemented, but it’s important to at least hear them out.

Make your employees feel like they have a voice, and some sort of say in the decision making process of the company. This will naturally make them feel more like they’re part of the company, and lead to higher engagement.

You should use some sort of tool (Uservoice, GetSatisfaction) to collect ideas from employees, you’d be surprised at how smart some of them are.

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
― Albert Einstein

4. You Don’t Keep Your Word

This one is just plain rude and it can easily kill all employee motivation.

If you say you’re going to do something, or even worse, not do something, you have to keep your word. One of the biggest keys to successful employee engagement is building trust between the company and its employees.

Like any relationship, if there’s no trust, it won’t work out. The lesson here is simple — keep your word.

Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life — all areas of life.
- Zig Ziglar

5. You Make Empty Promises

This one is pretty similar to #4, but it bothers me even more.

There’s nothing worse than getting your hopes up, only to have them destroyed. A promise is sacred. If you promise to do something for an employee, you better be able to keep it.

Again, this goes back to ensuring that there is trust, and that there is a solid relationship. Employees will be able to forgive one or two empty promises, because it’s not worth risking their job over, but don’t make it a habit.

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
- Denis Waitley

6. You Tell Inappropriate Jokes

I’m all for having a “cool” boss that jokes around with us, and is somewhat easy going, but it’s important to maintain that employer-employee relationship.

employee motivation can be killed by a bad boss

As much as employees would love to let loose, and be their true self, this is a professional relationship. The lesson here is think before you speak. If your joke is sexist, racist, or offensive in any way, you probably shouldn’t tell it. Save it for when you’re with your friends, not your employees.

Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.
- Ryan Freitas

7. You Hold Useless Meetings

There’s nothing more annoying than finally getting into a good groove of working, knowing that you have a deadline to meet, and a manager will call an unannounced meeting.

Most of the time (based on my experience), the meeting is spent with the manager who organized it talking. If you really need to hear yourself speak just for the sake of speaking, don’t disturb everyone else’s day.

Record a video of yourself on your phone, you’ll have more fun watching it later, and you won’t piss off your employees.

Meetings are toxic
- Jason Fried

8. You Measure Employee Success Wrong

I’ll give a personal example for this one to explain my point. I once had a manager that measured the productivity of software developers by the number of commits pushed to Github.

For those reading this that have no idea what that means, it’s like measuring the quality of an essay by the number of words, it’s flawed.

This totally ruined employee motivation, because they knew they were being judged on things that they shouldn’t be judged on. It’s important to understand how you’re measuring for success, and what metrics you’re using. Always look to improve the way you measure success.

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
- Abraham Maslow

9. You Set Unrealistic Deadlines

In order to properly motivate employees, they need to feel like they’re accomplishing something, or at least that their goal is attainable.

If you set unrealistic deadlines, you’re most probably going to demotivate your employees , because it will feel like they’ll never cross that finish line.

It’s important to keep this in mind. You can potentially break it down to smaller, more attainable goals so that at least there is an illusion of completion.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
- Douglas Adams

10. You Pick Favorites

This will definitely motivate the employee that you’re picking as a favorite, but obviously it will demotivate the ones that are being left out.

It’s obvious if you choose a favorite, other employees will be able to tell right away, so watch out for this one. Remember that you guys are a team, and are all on the same team, working towards the same goal.

With that said, there should be no favorites, everyone should be your favorite.

There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

A lot of these mistakes that managers make are so easy to avoid. It’s really just about treating your employees with respect.

Think about how you’d like to be treated if the roles were reversed. You would want to be trusted, you want to be asked for feedback and ideas, you would want to be left alone to do your work properly.

You would want an environment that encourages experimentation, testing, and failure (within reason). Worst comes to worst, you can always try some team building activities that will boost the morale at your office.

What ways have you seen employee motivation destroyed?

Let me know in the comments! Also, let us know what type of employee motivation tactics have worked for you.

  • sopranospinner

    Some micromanagers don’t give good instructions. You can’t get them to answer questions–they are too busy!–and then they hate the results and get mad and do it over–they are still too busy! If you know you want things a certain way, be clear about what that certain way is and then leave it to your talented employee. It’s very hard to be motivated when you KNOW your boss is going to come back and tell you they hate what you did because THEY wouldn’t tell you what they really wanted.

    • JacobShriar

      Great point! That used to happen to me. My boss would ask me to prepare a document every few weeks for clients. After the third time of me seeing him completely re-do it anyways, I stopped caring, and wouldn’t put in much effort to create it. It was so frustrating and demotivating

  • Lisa Gonzos

    Managing by fear.

    • Lester Nubla

      I totally hate this kind of management. >.<

  • Haley

    Managers that lead with emotion rather than business skill. They hold grudges and in a small office, talk always gets around. It is not professional.

    • http://www.danbenoni.com/ Dan Benoni

      Absolutely. It’s a fine line that shouldn’t be crossed in most situations.

    • http://www.danbenoni.com/ Dan Benoni

      Absolutely. It’s a fine line that shouldn’t be crossed in most situations.

  • Margaret West

    Bosses who take employee favoritism which results in secret punishments to those undeserving of it! When all upper management are involved the employee is rendered defeated without question! Why? Because they can!

  • http://glitternacht.com Rachel

    There are few things worse than prolonged and enforced silence. Not only does it stifle creativity, it lowers morale and crushes your soul. It’s a type of rule by fear, but you never know what you’ve done wrong. Managing without communication is a horrid way to manage, and that’s why I’m looking for another job.

    • JacobShriar

      Good luck in your job search Rachel :) I was in a similar position not too long ago

  • Marilyn King

    These are GREAT thoughts. We also wrote about simple ways to motivate your employees, thought I’d compare notes: http://qualigence.com/4-simple-ways-to-motivate-your-employees/

    • JacobShriar

      I really like “make them feel safe” in your post…

  • Karin Petersen

    When a crisis hits a company, it’s brilliant behaviour to ‘onboard’ the entire team and to create a lets-win-this-one-together, atmosphere. Engaged employees WILL feel personal responsibility; which is also a good thing. However this must be accompanied by a transparent ownership of the problem, on the part of management. Employees may have been powerless in preventing the crisis from happening; if it was due to lack of planning by management, shortsightedness etc. they need to own that honestly and openly. Failure to do this can result in a highly disengaged workforce, whose minds are crying “You screwed up and now it’s MY problem?”

    • JacobShriar

      I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying Karin…do you think employees should feel personally responsible when it’s the leadership who screwed up?

    • mnomnom

      That feels kind of manipulative…

    • Jewel

      another fake “team work”
      if we win, the money is mine
      if we lose, you pay the debt

  • Katrina Maniquis

    Another one is when you are a fresh graduate from college and your boss makes you feel like shit when she introduces herself as well as your manager but not you during a client meeting.

    The employer should make the employee, no matter the rank, feel that he or she is part of the team. This absolutely destroys employee motivation.

    • JacobShriar

      Yes! This is a great one!

  • Luke Torres

    #1 I had a boss who liked to edit all my emails to clients, even just the ones acknowedging receipt of the client’s email. I was not allowed to send emails to clients without his approval. It was so much bullshit and was highly disruptive of my work. That was one of the main reasons I quit.

    • JacobShriar

      That sounds so annoying…

  • v-2pro

    This perfectly fits the BPO industry =)

  • Cindika2

    Additional unmotivational boss moves:
    1. When he keeps changing his mind/direction
    2. When he asks for your opinion but doesn’t take it
    3. When he tries to do your job (and fail miserably and you end up cleaning up the mess made)
    4. When he listens to office gossip and doesn’t listen to your side of the story.

    • JacobShriar

      Lol, these are all great…I’m going to take a guess and say you’ve experienced these before

    • Paolo

      Had personal experience on Number 3…

    • Mon

      My boss does not gossip. But she collects information to use against you.

  • anonymous

    When your boss promotes you and takes it against you at times you fail.

    When your boss says “good job” to you for sending an email she herself composed.

    When your boss tells you that your idea is stupid.

    When your boss screams at you for fu*king up and then says sorry after making you feel so degraded.

    The list goes on..

    • anonymous

      Additional items:

      When your boss answers an email that is addressed to you almost ALL the time

      • JacobShriar

        Sounds like you’ve had some pretty shitty bosses!

    • Jewel

      omg.. i thought only my manager insist me to send the email to client he compost. I rejected it because of all the grammar mistake and empty promises he’s making to client. It’s like passing you the gun and say, go ahead pull the trigger and kill yourself. He insisted i send still and i edit the draft to protect the client and myself. Sigh…

  • momo

    When your boss gives your mates the most exciting projects that allows for craft mastery. While dumping all the dirty mediocre projects on you.

    • JacobShriar

      If it’s a recurring thing then yes, that’s a terrible idea

  • Nicky Abuso-Balderosa

    When your Boss asks you every six months what your career plans and aspirations are in the office yets does absolutely nothing to help you achieve them.

  • Paolo

    I have been a victim of empty promises…

    • Lester Nubla

      You are not alone bro…

      • Paolo

        Why do they even try to say those things, knowing you will remember them in the future? Why do they give false-hopes? Is it a item on there training to do so?

  • Paolo

    When he says that because of his 10 years experience and high-level, he can do that job in 2 hours and then assumes you can also do it in the same timespan…

    • Lester Nubla

      What’s worse, he/she could not even do it himself/herself but still sets an unrealistic deadline. -__-

      • Paolo

        His/her mindset is to test your limits, like how far can you go… But, for sure is UNREALISTIC!

  • Bear

    I am now in a hellish realm at my boss. He is always sleeping at office during working hours, he always notice my mistakes and doesn’t help us when we are struggling. As mentioned on this article, he is always giving me a very bad jokes

    • Lester Nubla

      You definitely have a very bad boss.

    • JacobShriar

      Wow, that sounds awful

  • Paolo

    There was an instance that I finished a hard job and since he already gave up on doing it, he scolded me for completing it myself… It was one of the most confusing instances I ever had, should I have given up too or should I have completed it!?! That is the million-dollar question…

    • Shi Yun Wong

      He’s pissed becoz now u look more capable than him

      • Paolo

        Yup, I guess I should have downplayed the task and let him finish. so he would be happy with himself…

  • unknownimous

    Based on my experience…
    My boss keeps asking me make a timeline for a project…

    After I make a realistic timeline based on the things I know he asks me to shorten it since he already told clients a shorter deadline…

    I happen to shorten it using overtimes and hard work but it will always be buggy since I didn’t have time to test it and blames me not being motivated enough…

    Another one is when in a meeting he asks us for ideas only to let you know he doesn’t really pay attention then after a few months a rich guy tells him the same idea as mine and totally agrees with him…

    I really experienced 8/10 things on this list… It’s such a shame, he had so many talented employees only to have them quit one by one…

    I’m a Software Developer by the way…

    • JacobShriar

      Having worked with software developers for most of my career, this is so true! I always tell people that the sales department is the one that needs to be convinced of looking after employees instead of customers…it’s hard when the incentives are commission bonuses based on number of customers…
      Hopefully managers will learn how to treat people properly.

  • Don

    the problem is : this reading is for the top people but it’s the lower ones who are reading it. probably reaction from the top, ” WTH?” , reaction from lower down,”WTF!”

    • JacobShriar

      lol, both reactions are important…I’m hoping the content spreads to both the top and the bottom. Everyone needs to be on the same page ;)

  • Maldito

    I’m sure this goes for Dyn Corp International Company. lol! The worse company to support the US troops in Afghanistan. “Most” americans they hire or I’d say 70% are idiots!

  • alex

    Yes this should go up to the top and bottom. As a manager you are sandwich in between. Sometimes as a manager you are forced to do somethings which you know is not right. In the end the empolyee only blame the manager but not the boss.

    • Jewel

      Tell me about that when your manager is the one making all the stupid decisions and refuse to face client by not attending any meeting. And guess what, you get to be blamed for all these stupid decisious made.

  • Meh

    Managers who have no idea what they’re doing and yet expect you to do what they say. Managers who ask you questions but are obviously not listening to you when you answer them. Managers who couldn’t bother to put up the appearance that they;re on your side. Managers who clearly have their scorecards as first priority and their subordinates last. Managers who say one thing in front of you but do the complete opposite with their managers (we will always find out).

    I have had a total of 8 managers in my career and I can only give proper kudos to one of them. In other words, 7 out of every 8 managers should be shot by firing squad..

  • Khairul Zaim Ahmad Azahari

    Boss who doesn’t deal with you face to face instead channelling it through colleague or embarrassing you in front of others…

    • Nolo

      i have that happen one time and i felt horrible.

  • Mon

    I cried reading this. I am an employee and (sobs)….

    • Jica

      I feel you, man.

      • Mon

        Last Tuesday, a colleague asked me to include the payment for the activities in the exhibit that she was organizing in the line item budget of a forum that I was organizing (there is a huge week-long company event and my forum is just one of the forums to be held that week, the exhibit will feature the company’s projects and all). When my boss saw my line item budget, she got irritated and told me to do otherwis and passed a new one. When it was my colleague who passed her budget for the exhibit to my boss, she got irritated again and told her that she should have just asked me to include the exhibit budget to my budget.

    • Jerico Biermann

      Do something about it, always remember that no one is a victim, you are in control.

  • Farmer

    11. Or you don’t manage and don’t communicate, and expect your sub-ordinates to do EVERYTHG the way YOU want.

    • JacobShriar

      lol, classic

    • Jewel

      talent required for employee: mind reading

    • Paolo

      I experience this alot… No communication on the details… And he says he doesn’t want to micromanage you…

  • jmparker78

    How about the ones that are never there when you really need to talk to them? They’re always around when they need to nitpick or hold useless meetings or do other things that interrupt the flow of work, but they disappear into the aether when you have something to bring to their attention.

    Then there are the ones that have the job of evaluating your performance when you KNOW they could never do your job. I’ve had some jobs where managers were people promoted from the trenches but I’ve had other jobs where the managers were hired as managers because they had gone to school for management. They had no idea what we did or how we did it, yet they judged the quality of our work.

    • JacobShriar

      Great comment! Both of these are so true

  • MikeD

    I love being told my ideas are great and I should work on implementing them but being held to other deadlines so tightly there’s absolutely no time to work on improvements.

    • JacobShriar

      lol, that’s terrible

    • Jewel

      I know exactly how you feel. They all choose to work on things that they like to work, eg. new interesting project or the easiest part and leaving the other tedious project/ jobs to you. And later on comment that you aren’t competitive and not ready for bigger, newer task. (Sometimes, people can be very good at putting words into other people’s mouth.) To top this, when the project is successful and won recognition, they went ahead to claim the rewards, so much for team work.

    • Jerico Biermann

      You will soon learn that there is never enough time, if you want to implement your ideas and make a big splash then you will have to make the sacrifices. I know the feeling, I put in the extra time, effort isn’t effort until it starts to hurt, in the end the reward was the satisfaction of accomplishing the goal.

  • Guest

    My intermediate Manager who ask my counterparts (from different department contributing to a project) dumb questions about our project, instead of asking me. It was so embarrassing when the counterpart says “your boss is asking weird questions which you could answer them better than anyone of us, why don’t you update your boss?”

    When I approached him and told him that he could have checked with me first, (so that he doesn’t look so stupid in front of others). He shouted at me and asked “are you telling me I cannot ask anyone else about your project?”

    He doesn’t respect me, neither did he had any self-respect.

    • Paolo

      That’s his decision not too talk to you first… Hehe..

  • LoongtheLearner

    Heard a message this past weekend. Employers look for these in employees: dependability, positive attitude and initiatives.

    Employees, meanwhile, look for these in employers: affirmation, recognition and empowerment.

    I just want to touch on the affirmation bit. This is like #2 in the list. If the boss corrects mistakes and leave good job alone (i.e. ignore them since the staff is SUPPOSED to do good job), it creates an imbalance in the employees. They will think, ALL the things I did well do not matter. I blew up this one. That’s so demotivating.

  • Demotivated Employee

    As an employee, do we have a right to comment or criticize on our employer’s work? I did frankly say to my boss that her writing of an email to some recipients which she cc to me was confusing. My boss got very angry to me and cannot accept it. Instead, she said im the one who did not read it carefully. After a while, we got a call from one of the email recipients saying that there is a mistake on the day and date stated in the email. Hahaha. I hope all the bosses out there please dont think that you are too perfect.

  • Shi Yun Wong

    had one lady boss who used to pass us her expired food, scold us for walking too slowly, for not dressing up, lecture us at length when we were already so short on time for real work. she kept firing her secretaries for various reasons (like when they refused to do ot). other depts got so confused becoz her staff kept changing! boss from hell.

    • Paolo

      Yeah! I feel you…

    • http://www.danbenoni.com/ Dan Benoni

      Wow that sounds awful! Hope you don’t have to deal with her anymore! That kind of manager shouldn’t exist!

      By the way @shiyunwong:disqus and @paolozap:disqus, could you tell me which Facebook page/post led you to this post? Thanks in advance! :)

      • Shi Yun Wong

        o I left that job long ago..but she really left a deep impression on me. 3 kooky lady managers (2 other under her) and I could only take one year of it. I heard she got booted out eventually. o err I was reading another post here then I saw this…

  • Harley Quinn

    My last job had (still has) a daily morning 8:15 meeting for the whole company. They embody every other awful thing in this article (the HR person for a long time was only in that position because she was boinking the CEO and had no HR experience, talk about playing favorites), but going to those little morning pep-squad meetings when you hadn’t drunk the company kool-aid was particularly soul crushing. Upon leaving that place, I literally felt life returning to my body; the de-zombification was incredible.

    • JacobShriar

      lol, that’s hilarious

  • mansengkwan .

    My boss said if its not my job scope, i dont have to do it. Then he ask me to do it and said no choice because customer paid alot in this project…

    What my company did is doing web design and when customer came request a lesson. We open a class and I teach them the basic of doing website… WTF? am I a designer or lecturer? Boss: No Choice,, customer paid alot….. uhhhhh yea…. right….

  • thinkingoutloud

    It is hilarious to read this because my superior commits most of the offenses above. Another to add is complaint a lot. Complain about the team to peers and within teammates. Sighh. We are so motivated. Ra-ra

    • JacobShriar

      haha yes! lots of complaining

  • Mary Grace Marquez Cabanilla

    I do have a previous manager who commits most of it, and worst, more than the ones listed. In short, she ruins my motivation. It is a pioneering company and I am glad I am one of the first employees who was hired, and at the same time, I AM HAPPIER for I’M THE FIRST ONE WHO QUIT for I cannot deal with a MANAGER who is very unprofessional and a GOSSIPER. Never a single regret now in my life for I myself is on a greener pasture and I think I made the right decision and better career advancement, WITHOUT HURTING OTHER EMPLOYEES (HUMAN) RIGHTS. :)

  • amiha

    In my own opinion every one of us here have
    boss and even our boss also have boss and so on. Even CEO got customers to deal with. What I am trying to say is we can list down all our grievances and still will not stop the boss-employee bad relationship because of one thing: we are all human. I too disagree on “boss” who passed their frustrations to their employees and numerous times when I encountered it, I stood up for what I believe in. For us employees what I can share based on my experience, if you really cannot stand it QUIT! Because having bad relationship with your boss is suicidal and you’ll be surprised how many ill feelings you just suppressed in
    order to survive.
    But as per what my father always told me (I am working overseas anyway and already married) if you can’t stand the heat inside the oven, why suffer? Just quit! You will be surprised how good feeling it is especially before you resign you are able to express your ill feelings to that boss or at least to HR officer who can record your encounters with your boss. That’s not easy and it takes guts, but sure way of bringing back your morale and confidence.

    • Shereen

      Haha, yes Amiha, that was exactly what I did (Also worked overseas). It sure brought back one’s morale, confidence, integrity & sanity. But also can be devastating in landing another job, cos the sore looser/vindictive ex-boss will go around spreading rumours & unproven lies about you, in order to try and kill your rice bowl, so to speak.

  • phendys88

    Mai i love this and i hope my boss realize that he/she need to be more compelling interm if motivating his subordinates. Fyi i have confronted tis to my superior who happened to be dwelling around ur faults and blame for not meeting deadlines and on and as long as it did not work at a time he/she wud most likely pin point at you and ask whats wrong with ur performance of not executing a good job instead of asking why can i meet the kpi so called… So frustrating and am more relieved of the confrontation but yet it created a scar and things doesnt really work if attitude is the problem!

  • Lyn

    My boss got promoted into a position he is unqualified for and pretends that he knows everything. He broods over employees making them feel uncomfortable and when there is an emergency he cannot jump in to help because he doesn’t know anything. My team has lost trust in him and will not respect him for this matter. When he confronts stress, he will go into his office and hide. I am left to pick up the pieces as the next manager in line. I’m not sure what you call this. But it’s getting on my nerves and each team member.

    • circleNOTL7

      Peter principle, sounds like.

  • Peter Tham

    Managers who do not add value to their employees can be very demotivating. Managers must contribute to the growth and development of their employees who can then, in turn, contribute towards the growth of, and achievement of the common goals. Managers must provide guidance and bounce ideas off their employees and not merely harp on the employees’ weaknesses. Many managers fail on this count.

    • JacobShriar

      Definitely…I think it comes from a lack of respect.

  • http://www.RonOliverClarin.com/ Ron Oliver Clarin

    After 6years doing remote jobs, Someone hired me for an office based managerial position. Honestly, all mentioned here are applied on them. Now, I resigned, continue enjoying remote job and coping up what loss during those months. Thanks for writing this.

    • JacobShriar

      you’re very lucky that you’ve been able to work remotely, that’s the dream!

      • http://www.RonOliverClarin.com/ Ron Oliver Clarin

        You’re lucky too! Because you share an awesome article that office people should must read it. Also, I dreamed to have working with great people like you.

  • Anthony Tran

    Trickle Down Management:

    Something I saw a lot while working as a manager in customer service.

    Essentially how it works is that a manager works with a long-serving employee and builds a rapport and relationship with them. Then, when newer employees come into the fold, the long-serving employee then thinks it’s fine to browbeat the newbies into conforming to whatever way they choose and the manager allows it because ‘they’ve been here longer, they know the ropes’.

    In my previous industry, the role was usually entry level customer service with some employees working there for over a decade and despite a very easy learning curve, still walk around snubbing their noses at newbies because of some apparent pride in seniority.
    This train of thought damages work morale because it creates a three-factioned alliance: newbies vs. seniors vs. seniors-and-managers.
    I’m all for long-serving employees to teach newbies the ropes, but if i ever hear the line ‘I’ve been here seven years before you, I know more,’ then I’m quick to pull them aside.

    If you want some sort of authority, go be a manager, don’t hide behind a time stamp.

  • Mudd Mitaq

    This is so helpful! I hope we could learn from here no matter whether u r a manager, Lecturer or a boss. This article definitely for u all!!!

    • JacobShriar

      Thank you :)

  • Anna Mouse

    I actually had a boss who would go out of his way to demotivate employees before a major project. It was just crazy. It would be similar to a captain of a ship saying, “Well the trip will be long and hard and MY GOD with you idiots mucking everything up we will be lucky to survive! So who is with me?!”
    The person who promoted this guy left two weeks later. Companies really need to stop allowing outgoing managers from hiring employees and if the employee has already been hired – check them out before the probationary period is up.

    • JacobShriar

      Lol…I had a similar thing happen to me in the past, so rude.

  • anna

    I just recently had a boss that would say things to his associates like you give me the most problems….I’m getting away from these fools refering to some employees.He always played favorites.He also had unpredictable mood swings.Eventually he was transferred to another store.

    • JacobShriar

      Terrible that he was just transferred to another store like it’s no big deal. I’ve heard that way too often. He’ll just do it again at the next door, they should get rid of him for good.

  • jamie

    My boss scored 8 out of ten on this

    • JacobShriar

      That’s a great one, I’ve experienced that too!

      • jamie

        Its annoying isn’t it? I mean, I know its a workplace and that she’s my boss but I don’t think that it gives her the right to meddle in my personal affairs. Especially since she’s not even trying to know me on a personal basis. This was the same issue (including the ones on the list) that the previous group of people had with her. Unfortunately, management still lets her be that way. We’re going to be shuffling schedules by the end of the year and it’s the longest 3 months of my life. I hope I don’t end up with her again lest I’ll be turning in my resignation letter since I can’t bear work with her for another year. Wish me luck!

        • JacobShriar

          Good luck :)

  • Kimberly Buckley

    You want micromanagement? I’ll give you micromanagement stories.
    My current boss has done all of the following:

    * Remotely logged into our work database to make sure I was doing my work. Every day while on a week long beach holiday. He also called to ask why certain things weren’t done – not accounting for the time difference and the fact he had checked it at the equivalent of 7:00am and I don’t start until 9:30am.

    * Gone onto my password protected work computer to check I am emptying/actioning my emails at the end of the day while I am training our clients and unable to respond to my emails.

    * Will ask me about our office/my work protocols and deliberately say something wrong just to see if I answer with the correct process and trying to psyche me out.

    * While at a remote relaxation and meditation retreat he climbed up a mountain to get reception on his phone to check that I was answering the company emails. He called and left a passive aggressive message that there were emails from Wednesday that hadn’t been dealt with by 9:00 am Thursday. These emails where from 7:00 pm onwards – after I had left the office and before I had arrived.

    • JacobShriar

      Lol, this is unreal…It doesn’t get any worse than that! I really hope you find a new job soon ;)

      • Kimberly Buckley

        Already Searching!
        I’m not going to fall into the trap of being so desperate to leave that I put myself into a position that is just as bad. I’m going to looj for a job that I love to come to and enjoy.

  • Keisha

    My supervisor never entertains my ideas. When I make a suggestion he throws a bunch of reasons at me why my idea won’t work and his reasoning doesn’t make sense most of the time. It’s like he is afraid of me knowing as much or more than him or solving a problem before he can.

  • Jerico Biermann

    My boss, transferred as part escape from his multiple sexual harassment grievances placed against him and a golden opportunity from the upper echelon in that region to get rid of a major headache.
    Allow me to give you just one example of his incompetence level. He is the senior director, a department manager was experiencing critical shortages on much needed printing paper from the supplies and resources office, she CCed him the email thread exchange to gain support. He sent the thread to every department manager with the following tasking, with a 2 hour suspense.
    //ALCON, Want to know who many times the toilets are used on a daily basis by employees and customers.//
    We all had to talk the admin assistant into strategically letting him know that the issue was clearly “Printing” paper not “Toilet” paper.
    We received another email to stop work in progress and provide the data immediately.
    My boss is a Michael Scott, I thought these types were fictional characters. I am here to tell you that they exist.

    • JacobShriar

      LOL, that’s a great story.