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If you’re anything like me, you’re always thinking of ways you can quit your job and go do something you actually care about. Furthermore, if you have a boss that is an intolerable bastard, you might be closer to snapping that you realize.

Throughout the 24 years I’ve spent in the workforce, I’ve come across many types of bosses. Some good, some bad, some evil to the core. I’ve decided to classify what I think are the most common types of bosses and what to do about them. If you disagree, just post a comment and I’ll be sure to delete it….

The Hard Ass

When you tell your boss that something is bothering you and he tells you that you’re weak, curses you out, and says that coffee is for closers, you might have a problem.

This is a tough one because he/she has a huge ego and pride themselves on belittling others. You have two options here, suck it up and deal with it or quit.

The Worthless Idiot

If you’ve worked with this boss like I have, then you know how frustrating it can be. They stand around, waste everyone’s time, and get paid way more than you. What makes it even worse is than they don’t even realize that they’re incompetent.

These micro managers will hound you, distract you, and teach you the wrong way to do things. Your best bet is to avoid them altogether (See Office Space for a clear visual).

Unfortunately, all of your suggestions/complaints will fall on deaf ears because they think you are wrong. These bosses will go from job to job and never realize that the reason they can’t keep a job is because they’re worthless.

The Know-It All

There are few things more annoying than having a boss that thinks they have the answer for everything, yet know very little. This delusional boss has a super sized ego that needs constant feeding.

These bosses love having their asses kissed, so if you are not up for that, then you will be relegated to the “B” list. If you find yourself on this list, you will go unnoticed and eventually be forgotten…

Make yourself an invaluable asset and your life will be much easier.

The Cool Boss

Working with this boss is great! It’s great if you want to hang out, party with him and get nothing accomplished. I’ve had a few of these bosses and although they’re fun to be around, after a while it’s just sad.

Being the cool 45 year old manager of a Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurant isn’t so cool when he is hanging out with 19 year old girls all the time. Sometimes, you just have to let go of your youth and actually become a boss. It’s no fun, but it has to be done.

Enjoy the good times while you can because your boss is either going to get themselves fired or get brought up on statutory charges.

The Boss of Bosses

If you’re working for this boss, do everything he tells you to do or he will kill you!

On a slightly more serious note, if you’re treated like an afterthought, a lackey, or a errand runner (and those aren’t actually your jobs), then you need to step up and confront your boss.

I’m not talking about getting in their face and throwing down, I’m talking about sitting down with them and telling them how you feel. Bosses, even shitty ones, are almost always open to listening to your concerns.

Don’t be the silent employee who gets dumped on for 15 years and then wakes up one sunny day and goes Columbine on the office. Talk to your boss, already! Just avoid the temptation to tell them to fuck off. It’s hard, but you can do it!

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