16 Bad Bosses Who Don’t Understand the Real World

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Managers and leaders play a critical role in organizations, from the influence they have over employees to the way a company functions operationally and culturally. While good management skills can spur productivity, employee retention, and success, weak manager characteristics and bad manager traits can be detrimental for teams, departments and companies. We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. We have listed 16 bad bosses who are completely out of touch with reality, which leaves employees confused and/or angry.

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#1 “My husband was promoted to his former boss’ position, and the guy left his office like this for my husband to move into.”

#2 “Boss gave me the keys, none of which are labeled.”

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#3 “Boss told me I have to come into work because they need me.”

#4 “My boss’s ’inspirational’ quote on the wall…”

#5  “My calculator broke so my boss got me a new one. I’m a bookkeeper — for people, not ants.”

#6  “This week, I was told I’d be getting something that I would love and would definitely make me happy. Here’s that something.” “Been practically killing myself at work since January 3 when they laid off the one person there to help me.”

#7 “This is how my boss sends me art that he wants in a flyer.”

#8 “Every weekend, my employer provides something in the break room for free to show employee appreciation. This weekend: unripe bananas!”

#9 “Yes, that’s a metal prong in that electric socket. This is at my work, near the front of the store.” “I asked management if I could block it off, so no kids end up touching it, and they said no. Really hope no one ends up in the hospital because of this.”

#10 “2 weeks of telling my boss the produce in the warehouse is going bad — Him: ’Don’t worry about it.’”

#11 “My boss likes to hide behind notes instead of talking to us. Today we found this.”

#12 “The way I stacked pallets for maneuverability purposes vs how my boss thinks they should be to ’save space’”

#13 “My boss’s pen holder”

#14 “I pranked my boss today about his terrible handwriting.” “I replaced all his pens with crayons and his paper with handwriting tablets for learning your ABCs.”

#15 “This is my boss’s motorcycle. I jokingly asked him if he stole it off Batman.”

#16 “Friendly work environment”