Traits of Horrible Bosses

lessons-from-nightmare-bosses-pan_5567During my career, I’ve had more than one person tell me that their job would be great if not for their boss. As it turns out, these people were not too far off the mark. Creative Boom lists the traits of how horrible a boss can be and how to deal with them.

The Egomaniac
They love the fact that they’re your boss. Their ego is so big, it could travel around the world and back again. They love to be centre of attention. They always have to be right. And if they’re not? The toys will most definitely be thrown out of the pram.

The Solution: Of all the horrible bosses, this one is the easiest to deal with. All you have to do is stroke their ego. Allow them to be centre of attention and give them the impression that you hang on their every word. And that you think the sun shines out of their backside. Say their first name often, as psychologists conclude it’s the sweetest sound in the world to them. Feed the ego and the ego will leave you alone.

There’s also “The Politician”, “The Bitter Lemon” and “The Neglector”, all names that seem to recall Pre-Prohibition Era Cocktails.

Or maybe it’s just that you’ll need a drink after dealing with bosses like these.

Cancer and the Workplace

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Today marks the first day of “Breast Cancer Awareness” month . While we’re being bombarded with pink ribbons, it’s good to understand how an employees with cancer function in the workplace. This infographic found in Cure Magazine is a great resource.

According to the report:

  • There 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S., one-third are under the age of 65, the traditional retirement age.
  • Almost half those surveyed continue working during treatment in order to “feel productive”.
  • Cancer is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • “60% reported they either did not take off work or only took off a few days after diagnosis.”

So what’s an employer to do? Of course, we all know how to follow the rules of the ADA, but flexibility is the key. Flexible hours, flexible workplace, flexible deadlines. Chemotherapy and radiation are incredibly tough on the body and the mind. A little compassion goes a long, long way. And it pays off in the end with employee loyalty.

Trust me. I know about these things. Below is a photo of my incredible co-workers who supported me through treatment in 2011.


I’m the one in the wig.

Thanks Cynthia!