Brits reveal the top 50 traits of a bad boss – and if we could do better

More than one third of the British workforce is convinced they could do a better job than their boss, according to research.

The shocking figure emerged from a study carried out among 2,000 employees, with almost one in five admitting they HATE their manager.

Two in five don’t think their superior is good at their job, one in 10 think they are ‘arrogant’ or ‘two-faced’, and more than one fifth admitted they have ‘no respect’ for their boss.

Sixty-two per cent have left a role and more than half have considered looking for a new job – just to get away from their manager.

Commissioned by international animal charity SPANA – http://www.spana.org/ – the research also identified the traits of a bad boss – including mood swings, never saying thank you and being work shy.

Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries around the world, said: “Having a boss you struggle to get on with can certainly be a source of annoyance and stress.

"And it’s clear that many people have had bad experiences at some point in their careers.

“But there are many good managers out there who look after their employees and ensure their working conditions are acceptable – which most working animals overseas, sadly, do not get.

"These working horses, donkeys and camels often endure arduous lives, carrying backbreaking loads in dangerous conditions – that’s why this forgotten workforce desperately needs our help.”

The worst characteristic of the boss – highlighted by one fifth of employees – is a failure to communicate clearly what they want.

Second spot went to inconsistency – one minute demanding tasks be done one way and then insisting they be done differently the next.

Other frustrations include delegating too much work, taking credit for the success of others, and being unable to take a joke – despite happily dishing banter out.

Annoying catchphrases, an awful dress sense and never reciprocating in the office tea round were other common annoyances shared by workers about their bosses.

The research also found that one fifth of those polled think their boss is the single worst thing about their current role – even worse than the dreaded commute.

Furthermore, more than one third admitted to being ‘delighted’ upon arriving at work and realising their boss is unexpectedly out for the day.

And one in four even confessed to looking forward to their boss’ holidays more than their own.

Geoffrey Dennis added: “A bad boss can clearly have a major impact on job satisfaction, but thankfully many workers in Britain have a reasonable working environment and job security.

“The same can’t be said about working animals worldwide. These animals support the livelihoods of around one billion of the world’s poorest people.

"However, despite their importance, they often lead short, painful lives, without basic necessities and vital veterinary treatment they urgently need when they are sick or injured.

“SPANA is working to ensure that working animals in developing countries have access to the vet care they urgently need when they are sick or injured.

“The charity also educates owners about how to best care for their working animals. Most owners in developing countries value their animals highly.

"They are not bad ‘bosses’, but poverty and a lack of knowledge about animal care can mean that the welfare of these animals is unintentionally neglected.

"But equipping owners with the right skills and knowledge can make a huge difference – helping ensure that working animals can live a life free from suffering.”

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