Say No To Bossy Behaviour
Her World Singapore|October 2021
Are you an employee who keeps getting micromanaged? Or a boss who can’t stop micromanaging? Either way, you can put a stop to the toxic behaviour.
Adora Wong

It can’t be denied that the work-from-home (WFH) dynamic has amplified the issues of problematic bosses. For one, mistrusting bosses have become more paranoid about subordinates slacking off and are now micromanaging even more. Then, those with anger issues are increasingly prone to emotional outbursts because of the additional stresses that come with the new arrangement.

However, since WFH is likely to be a big part of the work model even in a post-pandemic landscape, it is crucial that – whether as employee or boss – we improve our synergy with each other, lest the relationship implodes. As it is, when bosses are unreasonable, unprofessional and/or incompetent, employees are left feeling demoralised, confused and disheartened.

Have an overbearing boss? There are things you can do to make things easier for yourself. Or are you a boss who is, well, problematic? We’ve got advice from other bosses on how to eliminate insufferable behaviour. The bottom line is, whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s always something you can do about it.

3 COMMON TYPES OF PROBLEMATIC BOSSES

SPOT THE SIGNS

OBSESSIVE MICROMANAGER

You are expected to send good morning texts to the team group chat every day, and meetings usually take place during and through your lunch hour. They also often demand detailed updates on projects.

CONSTANT DOWNER

You regularly get belittled during team meetings over very minor indiscretions. One moment chummy and the next aloof, Jekyll & Hyde is prone to emotional outbursts, but never apologises.

CLUELESS & INCOMPETENT

You are drowning under deadlines, but your plea for extra help gets shut down. They also have no idea what’s going on, and clearly have no interest in helping you meet your KPIs.

HOW IT HURTS YOU

Being micromanaged can cause you to become less proactive and lose motivation.

It's difficult for you to build a positive relationship with someone who constantly displays negative emotions. Not knowing when to expect the next temper tantrum also compounds the stress.

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