5 kinds of bosses you need to watch out for

Employee speaking to her boss. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Employee speaking to her boss. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
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Going to work can become such an unpleasant experience when your boss constantly belittles you or finds no value in the work you put in for the company. A Johannesburg-based career coach, Suyan Budhoo, explains that understanding personality is key to identifying what kind of boss you are dealing with.


Suyan explains that there are five types of bosses: the micro manager, the passive-aggressive boss, the praise thief, the hands-off boss, and the narcissist.

The micro manager

The micro manager is the type of a boss who is always checking your work and sometimes redoing it. The best way to handle them is by making sure that your work is always up-to-date and it is of a high standard.

The passive-aggressive boss

This boss will praise you in private and slam you in public. In this case, you need to learn what is going on inside their head and get honest feedback from them.

The praise thief

This boss will steal credit for your work and ideas. Employees should deal with this kind of boss by taking ownership of their work and not be afraid to speak up.

The hands-off boss

This kind of boss avoids taking responsibility and always lays the blame on the employees. The way to deal with them is by asking for specifics on what they are looking for.

The narcissist

This boss makes you work long hours, including late at night and on holidays. You need to challenge them and be polite in doing so.


Try to focus on the job rather than the boss. If you enjoy what you do, do it to the best of your ability. The best revenge against a mean boss would be to give him or her work of a high standard.

Remain positive and focus on why you are working there in the first place. Learn new things related to your work and always strive to excel.


Suyan says if you are not happy about the situation at work, you should try to speak to your boss first if you have any concerns. But if there’s no change and the behaviour

is consistently and significantly abusive, then consider approaching your HR or taking legal steps. Studies done by businessinsider. com, a business and technology news website, reveal that abusive behaviour which includes intimidation, harassment, deceit, humiliation, personal criticism, name-calling and aggression should be reported.


If you decide to move on to another company, it's important to exit gracefully from your old job. “Don’t burn bridges no matter how dissatisfied you are. It could ruin your

professional reputation. Also never make quitting a habit because this will put a blemish on your CV for future jobs. “Walk into a job with no preconceived ideas about your new

boss as everybody has a different managerial style,” Suyan warns.

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