If you have ever had an unsupportive boss, this blog post is for you, you might just be the problem. This article will help you understand traits that rub bosses the wrong way. 

Bosses often complain about their employees’ incompetence; that their assistants can’t learn anything new. But in reality, not everyone excels in a subordinate role. 

The boss-subordinate relationship is intricate, and it’s challenging for both sides of this equation to stay on track with work and performance expectations, especially if something goes wrong or there are issues to address on either side of the hierarchy.

Here’s our list of 8 types of assistants that bosses dislike: 

1) The Lazy One: Assistants who don’t do follow-up work after their bosses has initiated the process. The lazy subordinate is the worst. They are not dependable, they do not take initiative; they are unproductive and usually complain a lot when asked to complete tasks. The boss is likely to become stressed out and lose patience with this kind of person. To avoid being perceived as such, clarify all expectations with your boss regularly and give feedback promptly.

2) The Back Stabbers – Assistants who are too quick to criticise their bosses in public. No boss is perfect; he is bound to make mistakes intermittently. However, some assistants are quick to criticise their boss in public without giving him or her chance to rectify the situation first. This is a major flaw that can destroy careers and relationships. If you have a problem with the way your leader executes processes or tasks, don’t jump on the bandwagon of critics, have a one–on–one chat with him so you can understand the motivation behind his actions.

3) The Gas Lighters – Assistants who don’t take responsibility for their actions. 

When things go south, it’s human nature for people to shift blame to someone else. No one likes anyone who doesn’t take responsibility for their actions because blame-shifting only creates an atmosphere where nobody feels responsible for anything. This leads to shoddy work, lackadaisical attitudes, and poor performance. It’s a recipe for disaster. Understand what your boss expects from you and take responsibility for all your actions. 

4) The Social Media Addicts – Spending more hours on social media than on work. If an organisation does not have a social media usage policy, employees spend work hours browsing social media. Checking your personal emails and social media accounts during lunch break is acceptable. However, spending too much time on social media or taking selfies for the ‘gram’ during work hours is counterproductive and an unnecessary distraction, leading to a backlog of uncompleted tasks. You should also avoid using social media to vent about your organisation or boss, as any of your colleagues may see your posts and report to your boss, HR or management.

5) The Delegators -Assistants who delegate up to their bosses. They shrink back from tasks and are consistently under-producing as compared to their peers. They are often perceived as slacking off and falling behind on their workload and leaving their frustrated boss to pick up the slack. Understanding and adjusting motivations to suit the needs of these types of subordinate increase the possibilities of success.

6) The Latecomers – They always show up late to work or any function. The best employees are the ones who show up early, do their work promptly, and stay late when needed. A perpetual latecomer lacks time management skills and struggles to be on time for an appointment or meeting- so it’s no surprise that bosses don’t want them as assistants either.

7) The Absentee – They always call in sick or have an excuse not to be at work. The absentee subordinate is often taking sick leave or paid time off. Employers, dislike working with absentee; they are selfish; show no interest in the business but are only interested in taking time off work as much as possible for personal matters.

8) The Switchboard – They are always on their phone and more often than none, the calls are personal and add no value to their work. Personal calls are necessary in some cases, but they shouldn’t be frequent during office hours, this can lead to unnecessary distraction and result in consequences such as missed deadlines or worse, – a disgruntled boss who wants nothing more than to fire you from their team. To avoid these situations, take a maximum of 5 personal phone calls per day (no exceptions!) and ensure they don’t exceed 5.

Understanding behavioural traits your boss dislikes, will make you more productive at work.



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