b Self-Helpless: True Tales of a Working Girl: Why We Don't Like Our Bosses

7/08/2006

 

Why We Don't Like Our Bosses

Here’s another article I found on Careerbuilder.com. It’s called Top 10 Reasons Why They Don't Like You at Work. The same reasons that Kate Lorenz gives here for not liking a coworker are the same reasons that many people don’t like their bosses. So bosses: Pay Attention.

"The sky isn't really blue -- it's actually cyan" Yeah, nobody cares what font your emails are in or what size or what color. Granted, messages should be conveyed in a clear manner, but they also need to be done concisely. If you write a 5 page diatribe on a new procedure instructing people to merely hit “reply”, they’ll never read it. Or if they read it, they’ll print up copies and poke fun at your use of BOLD, ITALICS, CAPS, and color. Trust me, people do this.

Chains of Love. Well, it certainly isn’t love for your employees, that much I can tell you. Your chains of love bind yourself so tightly that you will take down anyone that you find oin the least bit threatening or talented. Let the love flow… hug it out.

Workaholic Wannabe. You know how to work hard, but you don’t know how to work smart. In turn, you expect your employees to be the same way. It doesn’t have to be this way… there is usually a better, SMARTER, way of doing things. Learn them.

People Magazine Office Edition. You fall very easily into the trap of office politics. Since you have no mind of your own, you let others decide the fate of those that are under your wing. You sacrifice them up like lambs for the slaughter whether they deserve it or not. It’s nice that you’re so giving and selfless that way. Bravo. Not.

Devil's Advocate. You will find something wrong with every idea that someone approaches you with. It could be because, “It’s always been done this way” is why. I mean, who needs any other reason, right?

Yadda-yadda-yadda. Do you have to explain things several times to others before they understand what you’re telling them? Yeah, learn how to speak clearly so that others know what you want. It’s great that you understand your instructions, but if others don’t, you will never get what you need.

You gotta see the ba-a-aby! Yeah, hearing about your personal life is great, but for the most part, we don’t care. If you were good at anything else, we might care, but that’s not the case, so we don’t.

What's that on your nose? We get it, you’re an a**-kisser. But just once we’d like to see you make a decision on your own. Stop running to someone else to get permission for the most trivial issues that you should have the answers to. It makes you look weak to your staff. Trust me.

These are just some of the reasons that your staff might not look up to you the way you’d like. Think twice about how you are in the office and how others might perceive you. Because of office politics, it DOES matter what others think of you. It doesn’t make it right, but, if you’re in a position of even SOME power, make sure you’re using it the right way.

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