10 signs you have a horrible boss! Take the test to check.

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Have you ever woken up and dreaded going to work? A sense of gloom prevails as you make your way to your “paying prison sentence”. Is the thought of having to deal with a boss who only knows two things, shout and scream ruining your day?

Almost everyone has their fair share of horror stories when it comes to their boss. But there are those beaten souls who don’t experience anything other than their boss being an utter douchebag from 8 am to 5 pm.

But, how do you know you really have a bad boss? Are you being too sensitive? Or are your suspicions right and you have a horrible boss?

The Newcastillian is here to assist you to determine if your suspicions are indeed accurate. Here are 10 signs that you have a terrible boss.

One point is given for a yes to the below. Add the points together to determine where your boss scores on this.

Office favouritism

Workplace favouritism creates a toxic environment between employees, but favouritism does happen.

If your boss allows Joe to take an hour and a half lunch break, as well as lets him leave early because he worked “late” the day before. Then your boss has managed to secure one point in the bad boss category.

Lack of flexibility

There are certain things which are totally out of our control. But if your boss won’t allow you to take time off when you have bronchitis, or assist your child when their car has broken down in the middle of nowhere, or even when your daughter has a bout of measles, you might have a bad boss.

 Criticism in public

When it comes to constructive criticism, any decent boss knows it should be done in private. However, if your boss feels it is important to criticise you and your work in front of your colleagues or in front of your clients, maybe it’s time you started looking for employment elsewhere.


Have you been promised a great pay raise or a Christmas bonus and on the day, you only get 1.5% of the promise? Have you been told you have been selected for an awesome business trip with a big client, but then Joe gets to go instead?

Overpromising bosses are untrustworthy individuals, who can create a great deal of self-doubt.

Lack of communication skills

A bad boss rarely communicates well and tends to neglect giving deadlines or any form of guidance pertaining to work.

So how do you deal with something like this? Ask as many questions as possible, simply to ensure they cannot blame you for anything.

An air of arrogance

If your boss needs to remind you every day that he or she is better than you, you might want to consider if you really want to spend every day of your week with someone who looks at you with disdain.

Receiving tasks at the end of the day

I am sure there are people who have experienced this frustration. It’s 15 minutes away from home time, you are getting ready to pack up and go home to your family when your boss suddenly walks into your office and tells you to do a task for him quickly. A task which can wait for tomorrow.

If this happens to you on a regular basis, then you might have a bad boss.

Does your boss ever thank you?

While most people acknowledge the fact that as employees of a business, we are not children and don’t need constant validation.

However, if your boss is quick to criticise and never says “well done” when you have performed exceedingly well, a person does feel demotivated.

If your boss tends to shy away from complimenting you, then he or she might just be a cringe-worthy boss.

Your boss never listens

As frustrating as it is for a boss to have his or her employees not listen, it is just as frustrating for employees to bring up certain issues and have their voices go unheard.

When bullying is allowed

People tend to think bullying only takes place on the playground, but it takes place way too often in the workplace as well.

If your boss turns a blind eye on colleagues bullying one another or even participates in bullying himself, then your boss is a nasty piece of work.

Scoring time!

1 – 4 = Your boss is chop, but still manageable!

5 – 8 You need to get your CV fired up and start shopping for a new place to work.

8 – 10 You work for a devil and need to run out the door like your hair is on fire.

An extremely important aspect to factor into the above little rating system is, are you over-sensitive and underperforming? Or do you simply work for a person you uses staff as a doormat?

Do you have a horrible boss? Or have you ever had a horrible boss? If you have, how did you deal with them? Share your opinions with us in the comment section below.

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