9 Reasons Why People Hate Their Bosses

What is your relationship with your boss like?

You may be lucky and get along great. But unfortunately not everyone is on as good a terms with their boss. Some literally hate them!

What is even more disappointing is that many of the employees are scared to express their grievances to try and fix the relationship before it becomes unrepairable. A study by Bruce Katch indicates that 1 out of 2 employees believe that bosses do not treat their employees with respect and dignity they deserve. So what makes employees really hate their bosses?

You don’t communicate your requirements early

Hate Boss Project Scope

Employees like early communication. Being a good boss, you need to communicate promptly concerning your projects and give them enough time to prepare. Some bosses communicate their projects very late and give their employees unrealistic deadlines. To add on that they are always on their neck to hurry thing up; if you are that kind of boss, employees won’t appreciate it.

Changing the scope of your project

Some bosses have the tendency of changing their projects immediately the staff is midway through it. The employees have to create extra time in doing the project again. When you do that to the people you hire, don’t expects to be very popular among them and they will end up hating you.

You criticize without providing actionable feedback

Hate Boss Trust

It is important to give credit where it’s due. Nevertheless, most bosses always complain about shady work even though the employees tried their best to do the assigned tasks. They are always complaining about poor services from their employees. Some bosses publicly yell at employees and accuse them of failed projects without asking for explanations, (bosses that will punish you first then ask questions later). If you do this to your employees, be sure they will detest you like plague.

Failure to recognize your staff achievements

Employees want to be recognized on the achievements they accomplish. They need to be appreciated for the contributions they make to your organization. Remember most employees go to the extreme and sacrifice their time to make sure they deliver their best. Yet their hard work is never appreciated.  They don’t even get a thank you from their boss!

Don’t follow through on your commitments.

Most employees do not honor their commitments especially on issues relating to salary increment and promotions. They are always lying to their employees and when confronted, they threaten and harass them in front of their fellow workmates. This behavior demoralizes the employees and can even go to the extent of lowering their self-esteem. Employees do not tolerate this kind of boss and they will end up hating you.

Favor some staff over others

Employees do not like  bosses who  pick specific people to lead them (With no criteria used in selecting them of course). The people they choose may not even be having the required competencies and are not among the most hardworking staff. Playing favorites annoys your employees and they will hate you.

Are not interested in training and professional development

A good boss requires training, which some bosses probably did not go through. They may have been given unfair promotions or inherited the business. When bosses are untrained, they also do not see the need of training and professional development of their staff. Employees hate being monotonous and incompetent. They will always blame you for it. Moreover, they will hate you.

Micromanaging Employees

Hate Boss Deadline

A micro manager is never popular among his staff. Employees want to be trusted with their job and prefer to do their duties with less supervision. If you are a boss who is always reminding them where to be and what they should be doing, then too bad for you.

Do not respect privacy

Some bosses can be very annoying. They are always stalking their employees and want to know what they do outside the jobs. They can go to the extent of reading an employee’s private emails, listen to their telephone conversations and read the stuff they leave on their desk. If you really want your employees to respect you, save that time for something more productive


Most bosses are more of managers than leaders. In fact, they usually assume that they are doing a favor by employing their staff. If you are fed up with your boss’s’ behavior, the best advice is to communicate to your boss. If the situation does not change, then get outside there and look for other better opportunities.


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Hardhome Gavin
Gavin has 15 years experience as a HR Manager and Leader within large and growing companies. During this time Gavin has seen thousands of resumes and conducted just as many interviews. Gavin has turned his knowledge and passion in this space into a full time profession and launched Jobs in Bradford his career advisory and consulting website.