‘Horrible bosses’ wreak havoc


A ‘horrible boss’ can have serious implications for an employee’s morale and disastrous consequences for an organisation’s profitability, according to a new survey.

Office services company OfficeTeam reports that grievances with line managers, or so called ‘Horrible Boss Syndrome’, is regularly cited as the main reason for resignations – often ahead of salary and promotion demands.

The most obvious signs of a so-called ‘horrible boss’ are individuals who yell at staff, take credit for others’ work and use offensive language in the workplace.

Although these are signs of unprofessional managers, OfficeTeam warns that the most common blunders supervisors make are often far less obvious. But these mistakes can prove costly to the firm as the jobs market improves and the risk of staff turnover grows. Indeed, 59% executives are concerned that they will lose top performers over the coming months.

“Staff morale is extremely important for the future of any organisation, said Phil Booth, managing director for OfficeTeam’s UK operations. “Many bosses work hard and expect their staff to follow suit. The problem arises when communication breaks down and, in most cases, harsh or abusive behaviour is the replacement.”