Horrible Bosses: 7 Ways to Drive Your Best Workers Out the Door
If you recognize the following seven behaviors in any of your managers, get rid of them before they send your top performers packing.
By Meridith Levinson, CIO
Since the movie Horrible Bosses opened at the beginning of July, it has grossed $82.4 million in ticket sales. Okay, so it’s not reaching Harry Potter levels, but it’s a respectable return for a flick reported to cost $35 million. Cleary, the storyline—it’s about three employees who conspire to kill their awful bosses—resonates with movie goers.
I haven’t seen Horrible Bosses yet, but the movie, along with a friend’s experience with a bad boss, has me thinking about how toxic bad managers are in the workplace.
My friend’s boss is driving him absolutely batty. His boss is so awful that my friend is looking for a new job. This is unfortunate for both my friend and his employer because it means my friend has to leave a job and company he otherwise likes, and because if my friend leaves, his employer will lose a productive, uniquely skilled employee who is well-respected by his colleagues. His employer will also have to replace him, which is always a costly and time-consuming endeavor.
I list these behaviors to bring them to the attention of the CIOs and companies who employ bad bosses. Bad bosses are a scourge on the staff who report to them, a pox on the organizations that employ them.