How to Identify a tough boss at your workplace

Recent research says people join companies but leave managers. So when should you quit if you have a poor manager? How do you deal with a bad boss and also retain your job? How do you work with a tough boss and grow without having to quit?

Everyone has a boss story. What’s yours? How do you describe your boss in your head, in your communication with family and friends? How does that make you feel? What you think about your boss ends up in your communication.

People around reflect your words back, forging an environment that is difficult to break out of. If you are obsessed with a negative aspect of your boss, it becomes the cornerstone of your life.

The situation then fills up your entire working day. So choose your words carefully in your mind.

How to find out a bad Boss ?.Finding the below symptoms will help you identify the Bad boss at your work place .

1. The Narcissist

Narcissistic bosses only care about themselves, specifically how they look to upper management and other employees. They’re only interested in hearing good things about their performance, so don’t expect they’d be open to your feedback. In most cases, they won’t even consider that they could be the source of the problem. They also like taking credit for their subordinate’s work, but are also quick to throw people under the bus when things go wrong.

2.The Micro-Manager

Whether out of job insecurity or control issues, micro-managers like to dictate exactly how their employees complete tasks, down to the smallest detail.


3.The Ghost or Under-Manager

Ghosts pretend they care about an employee’s development, but they don’t care enough to provide the time and support needed for that growth. They rarely communicate, leaving employees in the dark about their expectations and project timelines. It’s also because of this that their employees have no idea if what they’re doing is right or wrong, so even the ones that care about their job eventually lose interest. It’s hard to feel a sense of ‘job well done’ when there are no expectations set upon you to meet in the first place.

4.The Slave Driver

Bosses like this know their employees are already overworked, yet they keep on piling more jobs to do. They just don’t care. Some of these bosses are hard taskmasters because someone from higher up is also pressuring them. Others  are simply workaholic and expect others around them to keep up with the pace they dictate.


To manage your boss , you first need to confirm that you’re actually dealing with a difficult boss.

Observe your manager’s behavior for a few days. Compare how many times they’re doing things badly and the number of times they’re doing a good job. This good-bad ratio will give you a non-subjective way to determine if your boss is difficult to work with or if it’s all just in your head.

Try to see things from their point of view when they mess up. Could external forces outside of their control cause the failure or negative behavior? Consider their motivators, fears, and anything else that might influence their behavior. Pressures from upper management, customers, and investors may affect their behavior, too.

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