Tell us about your bad boss

Everybody’s been there. You drag yourself to work, pour a cup of coffee, sit at your desk, gird yourself for another day and there he is – the boss. No, not Bruce Springsteen; this one’s a nightmare – a George Steinbrenner, Donald Trump and Mr. Burns all rolled into one.

This guy wasn’t good at the job when he was a rank-and-file worker. He backstabbed, played cut-throat office politics and smooched a bevy of backsides on his way to the top. He doesn’t have a clue about how to get the job done well and now he manages you.

Downsizing, budget cuts and increasing pressure to do more with less has made the workplace tough enough without having to deal with an overbearing boss. The fear of losing your job and looking for another one in this tough job market means you’ll just have to deal with your bully boss.

All is not lost. There are plenty of books on the subject. Here are a few that might help: “A Survival Guide for Working With Bad Bosses: Dealing With Bullies, Idiots, Back-stabbers, And Other Managers from Hell” by Gini Graham Scott; “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Boss? How to Survive 13 Types of Dysfunctional, Disrespectful, Dishonest Little Dictators” by Marilyn Haight; “When You Work for a Bully: Assessing Your Options and Taking Action” by Susan Futterman; and “How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive – Without Killing Your Boss” by John Hoover.

Have you ever worked for a bad boss? Did it make your life hell? Did it cause you to look for another job? Without naming names or getting too nasty, tell us your nightmare boss stories. Please keep it clean.

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September 16th, 2010
8:18 pm

I actually just started a blog about this very subject. I was just sick of dealing with my bipolar boss. He is the most difficult person int he world to talk to one minute, and the next, he’s practically my best friend and couldn’t do without me… It’s very tiring.

Thanks for the info! I will have to look into those books.


September 19th, 2010
10:26 am

nig. nuff said

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September 20th, 2010
2:14 am

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10:13 am

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