5 Evident Signs of a Toxic Boss and How to Handle Them
5 Evident Signs of a Toxic Boss and How to Handle Them. There’s nothing more exciting than making it through the application, nailing the interview process and getting the job you’ve been waiting for. So, you had your first day at work and everyone seemed nice. Congrats!
But, only a few weeks later when you realised this place is a little too far from what you hoped for.
Gossips and tantrums began, making you feel uncomfortable at your own desk. The people who seemed so nice turned out to be the real antagonists. And the head culprit-in-charge is none other than the person you used to look up to, who just revealed a different persona aka “The Bad Boss”.
At some point in life, you will experience working with a toxic manager who knows exactly how to bring out the anger and frustration hiding in you.
Remember, you are not the only one who struggles here. In fact, a study in 2015 has revealed that getting away from their boss is the main reason why people quit their jobs.
Question is: How do you know if it’s time to quit or (maybe) stay a little longer?
First, you need to distinguish a bad boss from a bad person because there could be a big difference between someone with a personality clash and someone who is naturally toxic.
This article will help you figure out which category your boss falls in. The objective of knowing the true identity of your boss is to help you decide whether to handle them or just quit.
Here are the common management mistakes that some toxic employers make and a few tips on how to deal with them.
They can’t accept comments and rather take them too seriously.
This type of management does not create an environment where employees’ voices are heard. Because toxic managers are solely focused on what their peers and superiors have to say about their work. They do not give you the opportunity to tell them how they can improve their management skills.
And once you refuse to accept their unrealistic ideas, they will take it seriously to the extent of making both your professional and personal life miserable. This attitude is the reason why many employees opt to shut their mouths, try to keep their concern with themselves and play safe.
However, pretending you don’t see their flaws and mistakes just because you’re afraid to speak up is not helpful. Try to discuss your concern with HR Support so that they can give you the best advice to coping with toxic management. They may help you relay your issues to your superior and provide solutions to settle the problem.
They follow micromanagement.
They are the bosses who make you feel like there are CCTVs everywhere and you are being monitored so don’t you dare leave your desks! We all know too much supervision will eventually limit your growth and independence.
If you find yourself in this unhealthy situation, show your boss that you can accomplish your work on your own and that you don’t need some babysitting. Counter them by sending a proactive email that says you are already working on the project assigned to you and you are sending the report over.
They don’t care about your career development.
They are more concerned about their own success than yours. They will never ask if you would like to pursue a higher position in five years of doing a great job. Thus, if you find yourself in the same position after so many years of serving the company, then you are definitely stuck in a dead-end job.
Talk to your boss and address your concern. Tell them that you are not getting any younger and you want to fulfil something more, which you might find somewhere else — if not in this company.
They pick favourites.
Favouritism is often observed in many offices. While this can be motivating for some employees to deliver better results, it is sometimes discouraging when favouritism is not based on the performance itself. That’s what toxic bosses often do. They would pick favourites for the clear advantage of access to resources and benefits from their favourite employees.
For example, picking the ones with such appealing looks for the sake of sexual harassment in subtle forms. Whether you are the manager’s prey or just an outcast, learn to speak up when you know you have to.
They take credit for your work.
Toxic managers will leave all the projects to you and when your output gets good results, they will take the credit for your work without giving you any compensation for a job well done. But why? Because they are insecure about their position and they don’t let others shine brighter than they do.
You can stop your boss from stealing your glory without being unprofessional.
Step 1: When you do the project, make sure to document your work so that when the superior asks how it’s done, you’ll be prepared to show them how you came up with the idea.
Step 2: Tell your colleagues about how your experience working on the project went. This is a subtle way to let them know that the author of this project is you.
Step 3. Ditch your boss if you think credit-stealing becomes more intentional and suspicious in the long run.