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Bosses and Superiors From H-EL-L!

  1. gmwilliams profile image87
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago


    In the "ever so wonderful" world of  companies and corporations, there are so many types of personalities from (1) the absolute heavenly, enlightened, evolved and mature, (2) to the childish, adolescent, and narcissistic, and (3) lastly, to the mean, spiteful, jealous, backstabbing, and infernal!  While the first type of bosses and superiors are morale boosters to their employees, the last type of bosses and superiors are ttotal soul destroyers to their employees.   Have any of you worked for the type of bosses and superiors that would make ATTILA THE HUN ,THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, and TSAR IVAN THE TERRIBLE seem like sweet angels on high!

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      Panzer Kumarposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I do have such experience, once my work was approved and appreciated by the clients(when i was working for a company). And with in a short time, most of the clients(of the company i worked for) started to ask specifically for me to do their tasks. While this sounds good, my boss(who too is a content writer like me) got a bit jealous or so, and he started to question me and my write-ups soon things started to boil and he blamed me for writing with much advanced sense and it was hard for others to read and understand. while this continued for months those clients continued to support and praise me. Things reached to boiling point soon and my boss blamed me during a team meeting, he told that my writing is too advanced for others and i replied him " as long as my writings are advanced and better than others(i never meant him) its well and good. But he took it personal and asked me "we want someone who runs at 30 km speed but you are running @ 100 kms so what should i do"?? (hoping that this will convene me to write according to his wish and preference) but i replied him " if my speed is fast and is preferred by clients then there is no fault with me and you cant ask me to run slow rather you better hire someone who is slow and let me look for some better company that would put my speed to greater use"... He was stunned and surprisingly he smiled and said he had never meet bold person like me in his life(considering the highly obedient behavior of Indian employees). Even more surprising point was that he changed his attitude and from that day onwards we had a rather cooperating and encouraging boss.

      All it takes is just a bit of bold words said in a right manner to change things around.     

      Note: The conversation that i stated took place in my local language and so translation may be a bit crude for We all know "Languages are very jealous and so exact translation is very hard". If it was too crude to understand i am sorry for that...

  2. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I had similar experiences and many bosses act like spoiled children. Until someone stands up to them and shows some backbone, many will continue their tirades and take their anger out on their employees. Of course, many bosses are threatened by those who are better workers than themselves and make your life a living hell. Leaving for another company or working for yourself will help your stress level

    1. gmwilliams profile image87
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Stacie, I totally concur!   Many good to excellent subordinates are trampled on by their supervisors while the worse workers are rewarded.   There are many supervisors/superiors who are threatened by workers who are more educated and/or intelligent than they are.   I had such experiences.     There was one guy on my last job who was extremely educated and intelligent, all except for one supervisor respected him.    He was constantly derided and passed over for promotions.  When he was eventually promoted, he was set up for failure and thus demoted to his previous position.    Many of his supervisors besmirched his reputation.    Even one director publicly humiliated him.    It was woefully obvious that hardly anyone at the job liked him.    I think I am going to write a hub on this very subject in detail!

  3. Tired Buzzard profile image61
    Tired Buzzardposted 5 years ago

    Haha, I just wrote about bad bosses (mainly to let off some steam).

    My latest boss is horrible. She's always complaining about how stupid and lazy all her employees are, even though we're all busting our butts from the moment we clock in until the moment we clock out. Many don't even take breaks, or only take very short breaks. She expects one person to do the same work load as four people, and is always telling us one thing while actually wanting us to do another.

    Fortunately, I just got a new job, so I'll be free from this awful person soon! (It was fun telling her I was leaving, I must admit).

    1. Stacie L profile image90
      Stacie Lposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure many here can write their own hub on terrible bosses...lol

      1. Tired Buzzard profile image61
        Tired Buzzardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        No doubt! I've had some not-so-great bosses in my life, but this last one takes the cake! It's a shame, because I enjoyed the job itself. I just can't deal with this person any longer.

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          Panzer Kumarposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Agreed, but unfortunately for us(our field) that too is risky. For i am an SEO professional(content writer) and so my bosses are always on Hubpages, and similar websites... What a pity...

  4. Lipnancy profile image94
    Lipnancyposted 5 years ago

    I once worked for a man who used the F word in front of female employees. He used to tell us that he was God in staff meetings and assure us that if we quit,  we would never work again.

    I was scared to death of him for many years even after I was let go from the job. Then one day, it just  occurred to me that he had no real power over me anymore. He never really did!

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      Panzer Kumarposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Using such words in front of female employees?? My sister had once faced such ill tongued boss.  Shame on those man..  Sometimes money and luck stays with worthless people.. Thats too bad...

  5. Tusitala Tom profile image64
    Tusitala Tomposted 5 years ago

    I think one's immediate, and perhaps a level or two above the immediate's, attitude is influenced entirely by the type of organization he or she is employed by.   Jealousies abound in big companies and corporations.   If a junior employee is looking very good, his or her immediate superior might feel threatened that the junior will be promoted quickly to their level and could well end up being their boss.   They don't want to be overtaken.  One way to stop that is to downplay and/or take credit for the work themselves.

    On the other hand, in a smaller organisation, if a junior employee is obviously doing a great job and either saving the company money or earning lots of it for the company, and the boss knows about it, the promotions will come.   They'll keep coming until that employee reaches his/her optimum level.  After that 'The Peter Principle' will apply.  (Employee has been promoted to his level of imcompetence, that is beyond that which they can handle)