No two bad bosses are exactly alike. Maybe one’s a sneaky friend who gaslights you; maybe another’s completely absent until they’re giving you negative feedback.
Yet there are some toxic traits that all bad bosses have that make them, well, pretty bad. Here are five red flags bad bosses have in common—and what to do if your manager has them.
They Don’t Support You
A boss’ main purpose is to support you in your role. If they’re not adequately setting you up to achieve—whether that’s by hitting certain quotas or finishing a project—they’re a bad boss.
While you’re responsible for your work, your boss is there to guide you and act as a helping hand. They should never be indifferent to your progress or actively avoid helping you.
They Don’t Care About Your Career Goals
A boss doesn’t need to be passionate about your five-year plan to be a great boss, but a good boss should care about your career goals beyond your day-to-day work.
A good boss wants you to be doing work that both help the company and works toward your individual goals.
They Don’t Care About You as a Person
Good bosses show empathy toward their direct reports and try to help them manage when they’re overwhelmed.
Having a manager that doesn’t seem to care can be hurtful. Remind yourself this isn’t about you—it’s your boss’s lack of empathy!