Sure, he lied, cheated and stole (allegedly, of course) but former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was unanimously voted out of office yesterday, has got nothing on the “bad bosses” CareerBuilder.com found in its latest nationwide survey.
According to the poll of more than 8,000 workers, 43 percent of workers have quit a job to get away from bad bosses. Fair enough…I mean, when you think that you have to spend 40 hours (give or take) per week of your life working with and reporting to someone, don’t you want it to be with someone you respect or can at least tolerate, if not outright like?
But what makes a bad boss? For some, like the friend of one reader on Allison Green’s recent post, it’s someone who yells. For others, like the respondents of the CareerBuilder.com survey, it might be much more…bizarre. Take a look at some of the real life examples of bizarre behaviors workers cited that pushed them over the edge:
- Hid in weird places in order to spy on employees
- Took a bite of someone’s doughnut while they were away from their desk
- Held a meeting while locked inside the bathroom
- Brought a gun to work and cleaned it in an area behind employees
- Tap danced on employee’s desk
- Showed everyone a kidney stone he had passed
- Broke down during a meeting and cried, “Why don’t you like me?”
- Kept his lunch in a freezer intended for human organ storage
- Used a taser gun on a subordinate
- Declared “Talk like a pirate day”
- Rode a child’s scooter through the office
I don’t know, some of these behaviors – while creepy, for sure – don’t all seem like deal-breakers.
Don’t get me wrong: Anything gun-related would have me running for the door for certain (and probably having to buy a new pair of pants)…and taking a bite out of someone else’s donut without asking is simply unforgiveable where I come from.
But let’s face it: some people like talking like pirates. (I’m not one of them, but who am I to judge?) What are your thoughts? What makes a bad boss – and where do you draw the line?
Better yet, what “bad boss” stories do you have of your own?