I read with interest an article written by Jim Carman and posted in the Military Officers Association of America. He was writing about indicators that you have a problematic boss. He listed someone who is easily distracted or multi-tasking during your initial interview, has poor eye contact, provides terse or shallow answers to your questions, dominates the conversation with excessive emphasis on the boss’s achievements, and comments negatively about others. Those of you that follow my blog know that I always find whatever the authors omit. Here’re a list often additional indicators of a problematic boss:
- now calls you “That Stupid New Guy.”
- slaps you in the back of the head while passing your desk.
- asks you to buy coffee but doesn’t pay you.
- hits on your significant other.
- show excessive interest in your teenage child.
- spends all morning cleaning an AK47 and talking to it.
- spends all afternoon coloring in a coloring book.
- talks to imaginary employees in the room and/or a “Little Me” sitting on a shoulder.
- wants to know if you’re currently satisfied with your current drug pusher.
- asks you to invest in a Nigerian financial opportunity.
- pats you on the butt and lets a hand linger too long.
If your resume isn’t current, you need to update it.
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