1> Be confused: Be indecisive and drive your employees crazy by continuous flip-flopping. You can do so by ensuring
- No big picture: Don’t have a clear vision of what your employees are supposed to accomplish & achieve in long term, if you yourself don’t know – how your team can know what and when to do.
- Don’t make up your mind: When any employee comes to you with a problem, never give a clear answer. If they give you options, keep fluctuating between them. Be confused and keep confusing them.
2> Disrespect them: Talk over them, belittle their ideas, ignore their input, criticize them unfairly, and shout at them in front of everyone. Take every opportunity to make them lose their face in front of others. You can also show disrespect for them by not valuing their time, ordering them about, de-valuing their work etc.
3> Micromanage your team: Micromanage your team members every step of the way, instead of guiding them on how they can do better – keep the control with you. Ensure that you know every detail of what they’re working on and leave them no room to take decisions on their own. Dictate their every step. This will ensure that your employees never rise to their full potential and learn to hate you.
4> Be Clueless: If you don’t like micro-managing, you can be clueless. Never discuss the project / assignment progress and the challenges if any being faced by employee. Ensure that you are not in loop in any of the communication or decision making. If anything goes wrong blame the employee.
5> Over commit: Give commitments to your bosses / clients without checking the feasibility with your team. Do it regularly and not as one – off case. Don’t prioritize and make them do everything, even if it means putting in longer hours at work or, working on weekends. Make them chase impossible deadlines, always.
6> Act as if they have no life: Ask your employees to work late and assign them more work than they can do. Never approve any vacation or make them cancel their vacation plan. Feel free to email, text, and call them after hours, even if they don’t take your call or check the email, they will feel guilty for not working on weekends, when their boss is. Continuous guilt and stress will ensure that they hate you.
7> Communication Barriers : Create blockades on the two communication street
- Never share information: Don’t share any information you have with your team, keep them in dark. Let them hear things from grapevine, but don’t react. Do not provide any feedback to the team, while they are doing the task , you can always talk to them if things go wrong.
- Don’t Listen: Never take any feedback or hear the concerns of your team members. If someone comes to you to discuss things ignore them, look at your screen or mobile phone or shout at them. Ensure that no clear communication happens.
8> Don’t give them the resources they need to be successful: Don’t mentor your employees to grow in their careers. Don’t invest in the tools that they need to do their job well, be it in terms of technology or training. Let them try to achieve results in today’s world using yesterday’s processes / tools.
9> Pass of your own work: Never do any work on your own, ask your team members to do anything and everything you don’t want to do. Take extra work from your boss and make your team do it. Earn the credit, without doing an extra days work.
10> Be negative: Be overtly critical, share only negative news. Find ways to find faults in anything and everything. Berate all the efforts put in by the team. Never reward or appreciate your team members.
11> Don’t stand up for your team: Be it the promotion or raise they deserve or deadlines they were not able to meet due to genuine reasons. Never stand up for them. Never lead from front. Sacrifice your employees to reach your goals.
12> Never be a role model: Never “walk the talk”. There should be no relation between what you say and what you do. Lie about figures and facts or try to hide them. Never act as a team player. Don’t demonstrate any people management skill. Don’t follow rules and procedures but make your employees follow everything.
13> Play favourites: Give interesting projects, increment, chances of promotion only to those who follow your every command. Those who snitch and act as your informers in the team.
14> Don’t be professional: Be incompetent, feel free to gossip, and leave all your manners at home. Take credit for your employees’ ideas and achievements. Ensure you don’t prioritize. Call for unplanned meetings. Waste time in meeting by asking unnecessary questions, and circling back on points. Keep kissing up to your boss while kicking your subordinates.
The above tips will ensure that you are the most hated boss your team has ever had.
(PS: Don’t take everything written literally and reflect on the points above. The actions you take may make the life of your team members easier and reduce their daily stress)