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Signs of a Bad Boss

Many bosses do not have a clue about how they appear to employees, reports The Wall Street Journal. They run …

Many bosses do not have a clue about how they appear to employees, reports The Wall Street Journal. They run the risk of being a bad boss. Here are some warning signs from The Journal:

  • Most e-mails from some bosses are just one-word long. That shows they are abrupt and curt. Even using “yes” or “no” without explanation can send a bad signal to employees. It may lead to conflict. At the very least, include a thank you.
  • Bosses who rarely talk face-to-face to employees. Many of these bosses use e-mail and other technology to avoid speaking with employees. Bosses who speak in person with employees tend to encourage greater trust.
  • Employees who often are out sick suggest a bad boss. Sometimes, employees fake illness to avoid their bad boss. In addition, a 2008 study from Sweden showed that men who reported that they were poorly managed by bosses at work were between 20% and 40% more likely to suffer a heart attack.
  • Employees who work overtime but still miss deadlines from bosses. It seems like many new bosses tend to give unrealistic deadlines to employees.
  • Bosses who yell often hurt morale and lead to employee avoidance. The impact on communications and teamwork can be devastating.

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About ceo briefing - feb. 23 2011