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If your boss can easily top any character in the movie “Horrible Bosses,” the nightmare you’re working in is affecting you beyond the workplace, reports a recent study conducted by Baylor University.Merideth Ferguson, co-author of the study and assistant professor of management at Baylor, calls this the “spillover effect” which will go on to affect your marital and other intimate relationships.
When managers begin to make your life unbearable, it’s no longer your job that’s your full-time gig, it’s trying to keep your boss happy every day: “Most people quit supervisors, they don’t quit jobs,” Ferguson says in the report.
It’s important to identify these signs before you get too involved, especially if you spot them during the job interview. This way you can decide if it’s something you actually want to deal with.
If they ask too many questions about your personal life, it could mean they're trying to determine how available you are for the job — and for them
If they give you too many generic answers, it could mean they're intentionally trying to withhold information from you in order to have some kind of advantage, says Caren Goldberg, an HR professor at the Kogod School of Business. This is not a team player
If you have a knot in your gut every time you have to face your boss or if it's taking you twice as long to drag yourself out of bed every morning, take notice
If your boss consistently ignores you while you're speaking to them, don't expect them to be there for you when something really bad happens
You can visit sites such as eBossWatch to check your boss' background. It's always a good idea to know the culture of the company they used to work at before their current position.
For example, if they came from a larger company, their management style might be formal and it's important you know this.
If your boss is so pushy and overbearing, you find yourself unable to accomplish anything efficiently. This goes hand-in-hand with micro-managing and distracting you continuously
If your boss is never, ever wrong. Learning to admit that you're wrong is one of the most courteous things you can do for your colleagues. If your boss refuses to admit that they're wrong, this means they're not willing to go out of their comfort zone for you
If they play favourites. This will cloud their ability to recognise your skills and the value you add to the company
They also fail to see that they're treating you unfair: 'Nothing demeans the hard work and efforts of a team than when the boss starts playing favourites with the one person, or people, who aren't pulling their load,' writes a blogger.
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