Do you dread going to work each day because your boss makes your life miserable?
Well, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 Gallup survey, half of employees leave their jobs to get away from a bad manager and 41 percent of American workers say they’ve been “psychologically harassed” on the job. Working for a toxic boss can, in fact, be extremely stressful and has been proven to lead to many types of health problems.
Here are 15 signs that you have a toxic boss. Does your boss exhibit any of these behaviors?
They’re always right.
They think they have all the answers. They promote people who validate they’re right and demote people who challenge them.
They play favorites.
This is discouraging because it’s usually not based on performance. Their favorite has clear advantages such as access to resources or benefits that are not made available to others.
They take credit for your work.
If by chance you have the opportunity to work on an important project and get good results, they will present the findings and take responsibility for the work. Sometimes, you aren’t even allowed in the room.
They’re only interested in their own career advancement.
They spend a lot of time managing up and sucking up, but they have no time or interest in mentoring you.
They never give constructive feedback.
You’ll rarely get recognition for your work or helpful advice on how to improve.
They cut you off in meetings.
They aren’t interested in hearing other people’s opinions and will deliberately shut you down if you speak up.
They make inappropriate comments or gestures.
Disparaging comments and body language such as eye rolls when you speak can be devastating. They may also demonstrate subtle (or not so subtle) gender bias.
They create conflict within the team.
They pit one team member against another to create unhealthy competition.
They talk about people behind their back.
Gossip can be very toxic to a work environment. Be aware if they’re sharing gossip about others, they are most likely spreading rumors about you too.