When someone mentioned bad bosses, we instinctively thought there is abuse in the workplace. While some bosses are plain bullies, some bosses are irritating as hell because of their quirks and poor habits. Bosses are humans too, and sometimes, their habits can be too much to bear, no matter how small it may seem.
Here are some of my friends’ complains about their bosses:
I have a new boss who came last month and started adding everyone on his Facebook. When nobody accept his friend requests, he asked us individually to explain why we didn’t. To circumvent this, all of us actually created fake accounts and added him or lied that we didn’t have Facebook.
- Alison, Senior Translator
My boss doesn’t have a secretary (I guess the company doesn’t pay enough) so we take turns to buy lunch for her. The issue is that she is a very picky eater.
Let me give you an example: McDonald’s Big Mac, without the lettuces, double up the pickles and diced up the tomatoes, remove the mayonnaise but add in extra cheese (must be low-fat kind). With unsalted fries (must be piping hot) and orange juice (without ice and no pulp). It’s like that with all her lunch orders even salads.
Fortunately, she is an excellent boss with a big heart so we will still get her lunch for her.
- Samuel, Warehouse Assistant
It is a culture in the office that we do group lunches together especially if you are working on a project. Tom is not my boss but he is in charge of the project that spans over 6 months.
He has this irritating habit of getting someone to pay for his lunch and always “forgot” to pay the person back or return the favour. He’ll come up with various excuses like he has forgotten to bring his wallet or he has no small change.
Nobody likes him and we ended up avoiding him during lunchtime.
- Donald, Logistic Assistant
We worked in a small office so everyone needs to work with each other very closely to do our job properly.
Our line manager is someone we simply detest to work with. She never turns up on time for meetings and we always have to wait for her or spend the rest of the meeting catching her up. She’s a nice, friendly and hardworking person but she has very poor time management.
She is often seen running like a headless chicken from one meeting to another because she has forgotten that she overbooked her own schedule. Sometimes she even made our clients and suppliers wait for more than half an hour.
- Ellen, Regional Sales Executive
I worked with a generous nice boss who never forgets everyone’s birthday. She has a kind soul and always in a positive cheerful mood. So it is a shame that she has a very high pitch nauseating voice that sounds like a small kid screaming especially when she gets excited or angry.
That makes us hate to go into any small room with her, including her office or any meeting room. Some of us barely can hide our cringe when she starts brainstorming some new fantastic ideas during our weekly meetings. One of my colleagues even started to take leave to avoid her meetings because her voice gives him a migraine.
How do you tell someone that you really like her as a boss but hate her voice? It’s going to crush her.
- Brian, Material Planner
I don’t know if this counts. Our boss is suave, charming and looks like a younger version of Chris Hemsworth. He speaks in a low sexy voice and dressed very well in a tailored suit.
It is irritating as hell when you get girls from other departments, walking across the office to be near his cubicle so they can get a glimpse of him. Too many times, we get prying questions about his personal life from other female coworkers.
I know it is not his fault for being such an eye candy but we hardly can concentrate on doing our job when we are swarmed by butterflies looking for him.
- Tiffany, Production Planner
While our supervisor is very hardworking and I dare say, he is the one that puts in more hours than anyone else in the company, he is such a slob!
His office looks like a tornado just went in. There are papers everywhere, even books and stationaries on the floor. He leaves out half-drank coffee mugs wherever he walked past my desk and totally forgotten about them until I reminded him.
There was one time he was on vacation and one of our suppliers needed a document from his office, nobody can find it anywhere. We had to call him to disrupt his vacation and email us a copy from his laptop.
- Theodore, Digital Developer
It is impolite to interrupt someone, even when you are the boss.
Our manager just loves doing that during normal conversation and discussion. It irritates us but what can you do?
If someone else on the team interrupts her, she’ll just pretend the person hasn’t said anything and it just zooms right past her ears. We have gotten quite used to it and we just stop talking whenever she interrupts.
- Harry, Customer Care Executive
Our manager is going through a nasty divorce and it has dragged out for more than a year. While she is a fantastic boss to work with, she brings her personal problems to work.
A simple question like “How are you?” will trigger a barrage of her divorce problems. Sometimes, we overheard private conversations when she yells at her lawyers or her ex. Sometimes, we can hear her cry for hours in her office or in the toilet.
We have been very patient and supportive towards her because she is truly a good person and her ex (he used to be an ex-colleague) is truly evil.
- Olive, Support Engineer
I know it is good to be close to your teammates and try to know their personal side too. I appreciate the effort but I think my leader steps over the line sometimes. He can be so nosy!
He will be asking probing questions about our weekends, relationships and sometimes our sex preferences. It is borderline harassment but other than that, he is extremely nice to work with, he never takes any credit for our work, always pushing us to shine.
I’m telling you, he is a walking time bomb for HR to dismiss him.
- Anna, Supply Chain Officer
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