Gary Cole as Bill Lumbergh in Office SpaceLet me start off by saying that I don't. My bosses (more than one job = more than one boss) are pretty great, and I feel very lucky because, about a decade ago, I had one that wasn't.
That water has long gone under the bridge, but still I wish I had noticed the problem earlier -- or, at least, felt confident enough to question what I was experiencing. Bad bosses aren't as glaringly obvious as Bill Lumbergh from Office Space ("Aahh, now, are you going to go ahead and have those TPS reports for us this afternoon?"). It can take years to recover from one professionally, not to mention emotionally; bad bosses can really do a whack job on your self esteem.
If you're wondering if you have a bad boss -- or if you want to measure just how good your boss is -- put your red stapler somewhere safe and then ask yourself:
1.) Would she be willing to do what she just asked me to do? A good boss knows how to delegate; a bad boss will order you to do things that he wouldn't -- or couldn'tRead More »from Quiz: Do you work for a bad boss?