Working For Horrible Bosses

This Article On Working For Horrible Bosses 

Being that I have now had 8 jobs in my fairly young career, I have run into some pretty awful bosses.  I do my best not to take these situations too seriously, because at the end of the day it is just that, a job.  However, I do like to use these situations as a learning experience for when I am a manager to make sure I don’t treat my employees like I have been treated in the past.

Types Of Horrible Bosses

There are different types of horrible bosses I have run into, but all of them have 3 major flaws that show themselves in one way or another.  The first and most annoying trait that a bad boss has had is micro-managing anything and everything you do.  This is that boss that is always in constant contact with you needing to know what you are doing at all times of the day.  They sit there daily and check on you with this sense of nervousness as to not lose you.  This is also a boss who can’t get much done as they are worried about you delivering them what they are looking for.  As you sit in your cubicle, you can’t help but think “what is my boss doing all day? Oh yeah, that’s right, taking the credit for everything I am doing…”  When I was working for a fortune 500 manufacturer with revenues over $15 billion, I had a boss who would not leave me alone.  It was always, “where are you going,” “when is that report going to be done,” or “why did you leave on time?”  It didn’t matter that 2-3 days each week we had a status update meeting where it laid out what we were working on and when it would be finished.  It got to the point where I had to leave to get out from under his “leadership.”

Horrible Bosses: Micro Managers

 Another lovely feature I have come into contact with is what I am calling the “clock watcher.”  Let me explain what I mean, this is the boss that constantly needs to have tabs on you, when you show up, when you leave, and when you take your lunch.  Ever since I graduated from college, I haven’t had an hourly wage job and have always been a salaried employee.  Now from what I understand being an employee with a salary, yes, I do not get overtime, but I should be given some leniency if I need to come in a bit late or leave a little early.  At my 2nd job out of college, my boss constantly would talk to me about “making up my time.”  Yes, I had a doctor’s appointment and came in at 9:30 which is later than my 8:00 start time.  However, was it ever taken into account that every month I was working at least a half-day on 1 or 2 Saturdays or that I would put in 50+ hour weeks during monthly/quarterly audits?  As you could probably imagine, this would wear on you rather easily, and before too long, I had moved on from this job as well.  Don’t sell me on the job having flexibility and then you watch my time like the payroll police!

Horrible Bosses: Backstabbers

 The final characteristic I will get into is the backstabber.  This is that boss we have all had and they are the ones who will be the first to push the blame onto you when things don’t go their way.  It obviously had to be the person compiling the data’s fault, but no fault to the manager who was supposed to review said data.  Another minor characteristic that comes along with this is these managers are bona fide brown-nosers.  They are so obsessed with trying to cover up their downfalls that they suck up so much to their boss that it is ridiculous.  At the same time, their boss is too blind to see what is going on.  At my 1st job, I had a manager who fit this profile to a “t.”  When it was time for the praise to be handed out, he took it all for himself, but when there was just the slightest thing wrong, I was thrown under the bus.  I was in a position where I couldn’t win or please anyone.  It wasn’t worth fighting because I was outnumbered by people not on my side.  It drove me crazy and I moved on from here as well.

How Not To Be Horrible Bosses

 Now I have used all of these situations as a learning experience to make sure that when I am managing people, I never treat my employees like this as I have first-hand accounts of how demoralizing this can be.  The last thing I want is for my employees to despise me.  I take pride in going to battle for my team and leading by example.  When I need to, I will fall on the sword for them.  I am also very flexible with hours, as long as the time is put in and the work is done, all is good in my world.  If you don’t give me a reason to keep track of what you are doing, I won’t.  Now, if you are falling behind or delivering sub-par work, then we will have an issue.  I think this is why I always develop teams everywhere I go that will give me 100% all the time.  They know I appreciate what they are doing and the hard work they put it in.  Let this be a lesson, take care of your employees so you don’t have to find new ones!

About The Author And Career Opportunities: Bob Vogel

Bob Vogel is a staff writer for Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage And Real Estate Information Center and an assistant area sales manager for Gustan Cho Associates. Bob Vogel is a licensed mortgage loan originator and is aggressively recruiting individuals who are looking for a career as a loan officer . Bob Vogel’s passion is helping others succeed, whether they are mortgage loan borrowers or motivated individuals who are looking in starting a career as a mortgage loan officer . Bob Vogel can be reached at 847-529-7920 or you can email Bob Vogel at

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