Are You A Toxic Boss?

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No one wants to work for a boss that is unreasonable. Unfortunately, however, some employees not only have to work with a manager or executive who is not just unpleasant, but could be considered downright toxic.

In an article appearing on the Human Resources Online website, editors cited a 2009 survey conducted by Google which asked managers a series of questions. Each yes answer given by managers who took the survey indicated that more likely than not that they, too, might be considered a toxic boss.

Managers or supervisors who are left feeling frustrated when they need to coach a subordinate on a skill or double check their work fail to instill confidence and trust in those workers and overall to their teams.

Good managers are directly involved with their teams and spend time talking to them amicably, rather than talking at or even down to them. If a manager feels as if they are constantly running around in circles or putting out one fire after another, the problem might be that the manager needs to work on managing themselves first.

Top managers who are most likely to be able to achieve this know what it is like to come up through the ranks. Knowing how every aspect of their business or respective departments work can help inspire loyalty in workers if they know that their boss has empathy for them. This type of manager is almost always invested in each team member and tries to be as inclusive as possible.