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Bad Boss Behaviors

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15 Characteristics of a Bad Boss. Bosses: Avoid these to improve your management skills and aid employee retention. Employees: Any of these complaints resonate with you?

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Bad Boss Behaviors

  1. 1. WANT TO BE A GOOD BOSS? DON’T TAKE CREDIT FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES’ WORK
  2. 2. TOP 10 BAD BOSS BEHAVIORS
  3. 3. Takes credit for your work of respondents who said a boss had been the primary reason they had left a job quit because their boss took credit for their work 17%1 The Sleazer Older employees are more likely to find bosses who falsely take credit unacceptable 18–29 30–34 45–59 60+ AGE 77% 75% 61% 57%
  4. 4. Doesn’t appear to trust or empower you 2
  5. 5. Doesn’t appear to care if you're overworked 3
  6. 6. Doesn’t appear to advocate for you when it comes to monetary compensation 4
  7. 7. Hires and/or promotes the wrong people 5
  8. 8. Doesn’t back you up when there’s a dispute between you and one of your company’s clients 6
  9. 9. Doesn’t provide proper direction on assignments/roles 7
  10. 10. Micromanages you and doesn’t allow you the “freedom to work” 8
  11. 11. Focuses more on your weaknesses than your strengths 9
  12. 12. Doesn’t set clear expectations 10
  13. 13. PERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAY IT’S NOT AT ALL ACCEPTABLE OR A DEAL BREAKER THAT WOULD MAKE THEM WANT TO QUIT[ ] BOSS TAKES CREDIT FOR YOUR WORK MANAGERS NON-MANAGERS BOSS DOESN’T APPEAR TO TRUST OR EMPOWER YOU BOSS DOESN’T APPEAR TO CARE IF YOU’RE OVERWORKED NON-MANAGERS VS. MANAGERS 75% 75% 75% 50%50% 50% 25%25% 100% 100% 100% Non-managers tend to feel more strongly about the top issues than managers The Mafioso 25% 72% 75% 52% 68% 53% 48%
  14. 14. WOMEN VS. MEN Many of the behaviors examined had sizable differences between genders
  15. 15. WOMEN MEN [ ]PERCENTAGE OF RESPONDANTS THAT SAY IT’S NOT AT ALL ACCEPTABLE OR A DEAL BREAKER THAT WOULD MAKE THEM WANT TO QUIT Boss doesn’t appear to trust or empower you Boss doesn’t appear to care if you're overworked Boss takes credit for your work Boss hires and/or promotes the wrong people 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Boss focuses more on your weaknesses than your strengths The Extraterrestrial
  16. 16. WHY PEOPLE ULTIMATELY LEAVE said that a boss has been the primary reason they have a left a job44%
  17. 17. The more bosses an employee has had, the more likely they are to have quit because of a boss
  18. 18. NUMBER OF BOSSES THEY’VE HAD PERCENTAGES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE QUIT BECAUSE OF A BOSS 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1–3 4–6 10+7–9
  19. 19. of respondents who said a boss had been the primary reason they had left a job quit because of a boss' inappropriate behavior MEN WOMEN 26% 20% 31%
  20. 20. The Micromanager Top 5 Characteristics of Their Boss That Made Them Leave
  21. 21. MANAGEMENT STYLE 37%
  22. 22. CONDESCENDING ATTITUDE 30%
  23. 23. MEAN OR HAD A BAD TEMPER 30%
  24. 24. INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR 26%
  25. 25. HARASSED EMPLOYEES 24%
  26. 26. BEHAVIORS THAT AREN’T AS BAD Death Incarnate Befriending your boss is more important to men
  27. 27. said that it’s acceptable for their boss to refuse to “friend” them on social media 64% MEN WOMEN 59% 69%
  28. 28. said that it’s acceptable for their boss to not spend time together with employees outside of work 54% MEN WOMEN 49% 58%
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