Do Not Work For!!!
Bosses from Hell and how to unmask them and avoid them and escape them
- The Other Side
- Do Not Take That Job!!!
- The Megalomaniac
- How To Avoid the Megalomaniac
- Inferiority Complex
- How To Unmask?
- The Great (Wo) Man
- How To Avoid
- The Jerk
- Give Aways
- Discovery and Protection
The Other Side
A previous article titled 'Do Not Hire!' I advised Employers
what to look for, and look out for, in a prospective worker.
In this article I warn potential Employees the kind of employers to avoid when job searching.
Do Not Take That Job!!!
At this moment in time, where you grab anything you can get, you can't afford to
be too fussy. Or so you think.
But these employers cost you. It may be in money, time, stress, and may
compound the problems you have by adding to them.
Getting in and out quickly might be your only safety. That means you have to
identify the Boss from Hell as you enter the building
adopt your strategy, and plan to leave as soon as possible.
Those who are already employed stand a better chance of getting a job than those unemployed, so taking that job for a Monster has a benefit.
However, if you're working for a Boss From Hell you start looking for that other job from day one.
When the economic situation becomes more normal, you don't take a job with these Monsters.
This is guy who knows everything. He has all the power and uses it.
He is so obnoxious that he can't breathe without taking your air.
A Megalomaniac often is a Micromanager he can
not delegate anything, and as an extra twist, he can't do anything.
This is key factor of the true Megalomaniac.
He is a total disaster.
If you let him hire a woman to work as a Church secretary he is more than likely to select the town punch who has affairs with married men than an average person.
If you let him select the kind of computers your firm buys they'll be obsolete before
they are turned on.
And every time something goes wrong; something that is his fault, he blames you.
He sits on your back like a hunch and blames you.
Even if you had nothing to do with it.
How To Avoid the Megalomaniac
Listen to what you're being told from submission of your application;
"Mr. Ainsley has to check..."
"Mr. Ainsley will do the final Interview...."
Notice how they say Mr. Ainsley; if there's that fear, you know who he is.
He's someone who is going to make your life a living hell.
Look around the office, anything that looks stupid or out of place, say;
"Oh, where'd that come from?"
Expect to hear, "Mr Ainsley."
If there is a ridiculous program on the computer, ask 'who authorised that?'
and expect to hear "Mr Ainsley",
Unless you're living in a cardboard box, pass on that job.
It will be more stress than you might survive.
Like the Megalomaniac, the guy with an Inferiority Complex assumes all power. He knows he can't do anything, but thinks if
he gives the impression he can do it, he'll fool people.
He takes every opinion as an attack on his.
He will often bark at you, and treat you as if he bought you in a market.
He takes competence as a threat. If you're too fast, too bright, he'll punish you
This is because any competent person proves he's inferior.
How To Unmask?
Look around the office, if there are photos of him, awards, clippings, you don't
want to find your head mounted over his desk.
You don't want everything you do subject to his attitude. He takes every one as a threat except maybe the guy who cleans the office.
He will demand obeisance.
He will demand you crawl.
When you hear him shouting at someone else, it's your turn next.
The Great (Wo) Man
There are those famous/semi-famous who set themselves up as the Great Defender or Great Liberator or Great Leader of some group.
Many people feel honoured to work for such a person, until they work for such
No Xhosa suffered more under an Afrikaans then he does under the Great Leader.
No Woman ever was treated more as an object than working for the Great Feminist.
This person is so oppressive of his staff that if he were of the race or gender s/he opposes s/he'd be hung from the mast head.
Never think that all this liberty, freedom, justice they espouse is meted to those who work for them. They treat their employees so badly that it's a law suit to get the most basic rights.
How To Avoid
If you see the staff racing around in fear, afraid to talk to each other, and responding; "Coming Sir!" "Yes, Ma'am!" to these icons, do not even apply.
You are applying for the post of 'slave'.
Be very careful with these people. They may play The Great that first meeting, then revert to their horrible selves.
This may be a 48 year old Baby who is living on inherited money and contacts.
This may be someone pushed into a position they can't manage.
This may be some one who has failed at Time Management so creates impossible scenarios.
This may be some superannuated bedwarmer who is pushed into a fancy post to
keep their mouths shut.
Working for this kind of moron will have you doing more work than you imagined for less pay, and often be criticised for doing it.
You will be penalised for doing the right thing, because he told you to do the wrong.
The Jerk is putting the business out, and you are on a deck chair on the Titanic.
People who pontificate, who babble as if they know everything, then look for
confirmation or approval are Jerks.
Bosses who have no idea of the priorities, who can call Staff Meetings during the
busiest times, demand complicated protocols, and have to constantly change their
focus, are jerks.
The business is going down, jump off.
These are people who prey on their staff.
You have to be very alert to notice hatred or fear on the faces of the employees.
When you first start to work, be alert to the Boss who tries to back you up in the file room, and/or demands you work late without explanation or warning.
It may not just be sex, it might be more demeaning or criminal action s/he wishes
you to perform.
Never do anything illegal. Don't forge a name, even when you're told it is 'okay',
don't lie, because Predators want leverage. They want to have a secret for you.
Discovery and Protection
If you feel strange during the Interview, if you are uncomfortable with what you are
told to do; whether the kind of clothes you are to wear, or where to file documents,
do not do it.
Notice the other employees, don't ever think whatever happened to them won't
happen to you. It will.
Predators, like the other Monsters, think they bought you. They didn't hire you, they Purchased you. You belong to them.
Report him or her as quickly as possible to whatever employment Ministry or Department is in your area as soon as the first attempt is made.