Corporate Eye

Have A Bad Boss? Help Is Here

Poll says “The #1 reason people quit their jobs is their boss”

In one of my recent posts, I promised advice for the poor souls who work for a bad boss.

I was one of these souls and here is my story:

Micro-management, nit-picking nasty, Ken had it all. Just like about everyone else, he was jockeying for position within a new organization. This may have been the reason for his behavior. It seemed I couldn’t do anything right. Everything I did was criticized. There were continuous calls for updates; I remember one day when I had to hide in an unoccupied office to get some relief. I felt so much stress I had to go to a doctor; my blood pressure was high.

I bought what seemed to be every book about working for a difficult boss. My colleagues were great, but the pressure continued. I met the deadlines but that wasn’t enough. Ken didn’t care about my personal matters. This was a time when corporate concern about balancing work-life matters didn’t exist.

Somehow I got through the year.  The rough year was over, so I thought. Yet looming was my performance appraisal. I foolishly thought that I would get at least an average rating and qualify for a modest pay increase. The time came for my appraisal feedback; everyone got theirs but not me. I got my feedback one night when I went to an ATM machine. My check was directly deposited to my account. When the little receipt came out I knew my appraisal was not good.

Ken finally called me into his office and told me what I already knew: he gave me a “less than acceptable” rating, and all I got was the Team award that everyone received-no salary increase. I even had to endure Ken’s critique. I was angry and foolishly went to talk with Ken’s boss. A risky move. He listened but nothing was done.

Read more stories at MY BAD BOSS CONTEST. Sometimes it pays to know you are not alone and the site has more resources that could help you.

A site with lots of sources is Badbossology.

I wish this was around when I worked for some bad bosses. Be sure to visit Management Malpractice in the Useful Sites section.

Another good resource is the List Of Bad Boss Sites . It has links in a number of countries: Bad Bosses transcend geography.

As I was writing this I received an e-mail that said, “A Gallup poll of more than 1 million U.S. employees reveals that the number 1 reason people quit their jobs is their boss. ” C-Suite take note, especially if you are concerned about your high employee turnover rate. The e-mail also contained a link to an e-book “Why Your Boss is Programmed to be a Dictator”. It just may give you some insights on how to handle the Boss.

Good luck!

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Ed Konczal has an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business (with distinction). He has spent the last 10 years as an executive consultant focusing on human resources, leadership, market research, and business planning. Ed has over 10 years of top-level experience from AT&T in the areas of new ventures and business planning. He is co-author of the book "Simple Stories for Leadership Insight," published by University Press of America.