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Why a Strict Boss is a Good Thing

Updated on August 12, 2011

Bosses can make or break your career. Sometimes we get easy-going ones who we love working with. We may even go out with them after work for a few drinks. Or we might have bosses who are unbearable tyrants. We can’t stand to look at them and severely doubt that they have any friends in their personal lives. Obviously if a boss is cruel and exploitative then that isn’t a good thing. But many people confuse a firm boss with a mean boss. Maybe it’s because no one likes to be told what to do, but we should be more careful in making that distinction. If you have a boss who is stringent with time and expects deadlines to be followed, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a strict boss who keeps you on task can actually be better for your career than an overly friendly one who lets you get away with anything.

So Bossy!

Sometimes people think that the perfect work situation would include a laid-back office where a boss is rarely seen. After all, we’ve all felt how relaxing it is when our boss is off for the day on a business trip or out sick. It’s almost like we are kids again, sitting in a classroom knowing that the day will be easy because there’s a substitute teacher coming in. When a boss isn’t present, our stress seems to magically dissipate and sometimes we can be more productive. However, in these cases we also have the potential to slack off – and this is what usually happens. The same effect is seen if a boss is not professionally present. They might be in the office, but if they don’t have an overall presence that workers respect, then there will be a greater temptation to work less.

Just because your boss isn’t your friend doesn’t make him a bad boss. Bosses are there to do their job so don’t hold it against them is that is their main priority. And professionally speaking, it’s better for you in the long run if you don’t get too friendly with your boss. While it’s possible to have friendships between people on two different levels on the company ladder, things can get messy and complicated when it comes down to business. You don't necessarily want your boss to be someone with whom you chat about your kids, investment plans, or how you are avoiding high cholesterol foods. By maintaining a professional distance from your boss, it is much easier to remain an effective employee with a good reputation. When friendship is involved then expectations change and judgements are clouded by work decisions that should have nothing to do with personal relationships. Basically, feeling get hurt and things can become awkward.

If your boss seems to constantly come down on you for being late or not working your full hours, stop for a moment to consider the situation. Are their demands totally unfair, or do you have some responsibility in the situation? Are they actually coming down on you personally, or are they just doing their job? Many people take instructions the wrong way and get their feelings hurt in the process. But look at how your boss acts towards the rest of your co-workers. If they aren’t singling you out specifically then they might just have a strict style – and this can be a good thing. Even if you are an absolute angel of an employee, you want a boss who can manage the entire office. You want someone who is firm who can keep your co-workers on task. A lot of people don’t realize that when their co-workers slack off or abuse the system, it hurts everyone in the long run. You want a boss you can keep an eye on things, and even if it means you have to work a little bit harder, it will benefit you in the end.


We all know what it feels like to work somewhere with a weak boss. It’s fun at first but in the end it’s very hard to respect the job. There’s something missing from working in such an environment and it’s undoubtedly due to a lack of productivity. People have atendency to want structure. Even the most rebellious of soles seeks discipline in some way, and a good boss will be able to tap into the human need for guidance. So if you have a boss who can control the office in an effective manner, consider yourself lucky. If they manage to get the most out of you, then they are doing their job properly, and that’s all that you can ask. And in the end, you may even find yourself on a clearer, more well-defined path to future success.


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      Alex 9 months ago

      I was reading the article and it makes lots of is so true I work with strict bosses but I also see lots of favoritism towards sales team or reception so one.

      At the end of the day we all have a job to do even if you hate it some work harder then others.

      When reading the article it made see things differently than how I did

      Thank you

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      Manure 21 months ago

      Different people different reasons. But most people are dedicated when they are feel comfortable and worth to work in the environment. Most people see anything negative from enviroment, off course people will not do their part, especially boss are too strict to manage his men. No it's not true that if people who won't be stricted at work will not work seriously in their job. That depends the people they hired. From the first place they should see and examine the character before they hired their men. So no, Im speaking that this blog is not all true.

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      becky 4 years ago

      Oh my god thank you soooo much

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      Johnny Beig 7 years ago

      This is correct, Bosses will only target people who don't do the jobs properly.

      i manage a team of 20 people and i only have to consitanty push 2-3 staff and not the rest but the reason is they arent productive enough