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10 Ways to Know if Your Boss Hates You

Updated on October 12, 2012

Main cast of "Horrible Bosses"

(from left) Charlie Day; Jason Sudeikis, and Jason Bateman.
(from left) Charlie Day; Jason Sudeikis, and Jason Bateman. | Source


we've all been there. At work. On the job. "Nose to the grindstone, shoulder to the wheel." Working for a living.

Unless you have been a successful person at being self-employed, odds are you have worked for someone at sometime or the other. That's just a fact of life. And at one time, things were kosher between boss and worker.

That was until the day "you" went to work at the office you are still working at in 2012. No promotions. No raises to speak of. Just a dead-end job from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. working hard as you can while those less-experienced coworkers around you are being promoted right and left.

What's wrong with this picture?

I can tell you. Your boss either doesn't like you or to keep his or herself from being sued, they are using ingenious ways to make your work life miserable enough to get your resignation. Then they can make more points with their boss by hiring his eighteen-year-old daughter as their assistant.

If you are still in the dark. See the three celebrities in the top photo? They all star in a hit-film, "Horrible Bosses," and as the title implies, their bosses are more than horrible. They are vicious, vulgar and treat these guys' characters worse than a pile of manure.

How do these guys handle it? I cannot tell you. Just watch "Horrible Bosses."

Here are my "10 Ways to Know if Your Boss Hates You"


in the fifteen-years you have worked for this small company, you have never been invited by your boss to have lunch with him and the other staff members. And after you put on your resume' that you were a "people person."


No matter what goes wrong on the job, "you" are always blamed. Even when you're on a two-week vacation.


many is the time you see your boss and three or four of your coworkers standing at the coffeemaker sipping coffee and that is fine. But when you notice that ever so often, the boss says something to them and immediately looks or points directly at you, but never tells you why.


practical jokes are part of the "office atmosphere," but when the boss' dangerous practical jokes are always played on "you" to give him and your colleagues a laugh, you need to start thinking about resigning. Seeing how long you can hold a "live firecracker," is illegal and can hurt you for life.

5. MY REAL NAME IS . . .

again, you started work for this company fifteen years ago. Your name is "Henry Stockton." The boss for some unknown reason, has called you, "Benny Lofton," all of this time. Memory problems? Not hardly. Just a scant two months ago a guy named, Zennolifini Strawszzvinskily, went to work across from you and "his" name is always remembered.


when quitting time arrives, the boss instructs the night janitor to "lock it down," and that would be fine except "you" do not have a key to the office.


and when you do get up the nerve to ask your boss for a key to the office, he peers over his Wall Street Journal and says, "you are whom now?" "oh, you work here?"


when the boss' lovely wife and children pay a visit to the office, your boss and fellow church member, introduces you as "the break room clean-up guy."


when you arrive for work, job openings in the local paper are circled in red and left laying on your desk. This practice lasts for months.


one day you have had it. You throw caution to the wind and knock on the boss' door. "come in," he says. "yes, sir. May I have a word with you?" you say in a humble tone. "sure," he replies. "sit down," he adds. "are you pleased with my work, sir?" you ask in a professional way of talking. "well, kid, honestly, I have just two complaints. That's all," the boss says very straight-foward. You are very-relieved. "you are putting too much starch in my shirts and you are not cleaning our bathroom well enough," he says.

You start work on the "breakfast shift" at Burger King next Monday.

Does "your" boss always laugh "at" you

and not "with" you? Could be that he or she is trying to get you to resign.
and not "with" you? Could be that he or she is trying to get you to resign. | Source


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Don't sweat it. At least you had the last word in quitting that job to teach her a lesson.

    • Austinstar profile image


      5 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Well damm, I fit number two. Obviously, my boss thought I was number two.

      Seriously, she gave me 4 tickets to a hockey game once for a reward. I got all dressed up and took hubby and a couple of friends. We got there and surprise! The game had been cancelled. My boss thought that was funny. Ha ha. I quit the job soon after. She was a piece of work, that one.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, PDXKaraokeGuy . . .thanks a bunch, man. Oh, that girl? She is cute and now that I think of it, she can laugh at me all she wants.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Susan,

      I know that feeling--having a boss that doesn't care for you as an employee or person. I am glad that you had a great boss, the one whom is retiring. You are a special friend who deserves the best. Thanks for all of your kind remarks.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Very funny, Kenneth. Thank you... and that girl in the picture looks like my friend Niira Danger.... hmmm.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Kenneth,

      I have had only one boss that made my life hell to the point that I had to take a leave of absence. I remember the day when my new boss said she was fired. I told him I wish her no harm but that I have no sympathy for her.

      My present boss is retiring next week. We are going to miss her. She laughs with us.

      Voted up and away.

      Have a good day. :)

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Teaches,

      you may be right. I did try to involve some humorous exaggeration in this hub, but you saw that the truth was peeking out. Great eyes you have. Thanks!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Elani . . .you present a good point. Not any fun being the "office boob," for I KNOW how that is. I have been the "office boob" many times so higher-ups could laugh at me and make them feel better. My days of being a floor mat are DONE. OVER! May God have mercy of their selfish, heartless souls.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear catgypsy "Have it Your Way," LOL! I don't blame you. I feel the same way. And I CAN tell you of some "bosses" that thought God sent them to earth to JUST make my life and those around me miserable simply because we didn't bow down and worship them.

      Not something I want to do since they too, are flesh and blood.

      Thanks for your nice words.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Tamron . . .you got that right! Whomever has THIS types of bosses would do better to be without a job. Oh, don't get me fired up. I have missed you, Tamron. Thanks for stopping by.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, North Wind,

      you are absolutely RIGHT! The way thing exists in the newspaper business. When "I" would be given a huge ad to design for a new client, they would either call me or come by the office numerous times to just SEE how it looked, although THEY did the rough draft. A matter of distrust or like you said, "I was working for them ver batim." "Not a good mixture."

      Thanks for showing that to me too.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, shiningirisheyes . . .It happens. The "Henry's" of our workforce, some, I mean, get the shaft, and not the movie, "shaft," but ill-treatment simply because their low-life bosses are eaten-up with power and control issues and not allowing the spirit of equality rule their ways of doing things.

      Thanks for your input that I VALUE much. I enjoy your comments.

      And have a great day and listen, tomorrow, I will be five minutes late, so do not dock me.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You have some posted this with a good sense of humor, but I think it's pretty close to the truth in some cases.

    • Elani-Lee profile image


      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is a funny hub! I'm so glad I'm not the "office boob"!

    • catgypsy profile image


      6 years ago from the South

      I would rather work at Burger King that put up with any of that...haha. Good hub!

    • tamron profile image


      6 years ago

      It sounds like the boss from hell! Great hub

    • North Wind profile image

      North Wind 

      6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Speaking from personal experience, even when you are self employed you can have a boss who does not like you. How? Somehow, the client gets it into their head that by hiring you to do a job they are your boss and can treat you not even as such but like dirt. I have had a few like the blame Henry one . Never watched that movie and don't think I will but yes, horrible bosses do exist.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Remembering Zennolifini Strawszzvinskily and forgetting Henry Stockton! LOL This and so many more are PRICELESS!

      Voting up and sharing

      And I had no idea my bosses request to hold the lit firecracker was illegal.


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