Top 5 Signs of a Bad Boss, and How to Deal With Yours

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For most people, job stress is the most significant form of stress they have. The American Institute of Stress reports that 80 percent of workers feel stress at work, and four out of 10 workers say their jobs are either very stressful or extremely stressful. This stress in the workplace originates from job security, workload, work-life balance, and, of course, people issues.

In virtually every business environment, interaction is key to successful day-to-day operations. We interact with clients, co-workers, and our superiors. When we have an exceptional boss or manager, it makes life at work a bit easier — guards are down for the most part, and everyone is able to be on the same page.

On the other hand, having a bad manager or boss can result in higher levels of work-related stress and lower levels of employee satisfaction. Data published by Inc. indicates that a shocking 75 percent of employees report that their boss is the worst part of their job, and 65 percent say they’d take a new boss over a pay raise.

Sure, good employees make every effort to perform their best in any situation. However, employees are also conditioned to follow a leader, and when that leader is a mess, an employee may follow right behind. Harvard Business Review published the results of a study of 30,000 managers. The results indicated that over and over again, some 300,000 employees cited the same flaws among their bosses. Here is a list of some of those flaws and how you can get a handle on each situation. Most of these flaws are a result of things leaders don’t do or fail to do, as opposed to actions they take.