There are many different ways to be a good boss, but if your goal is to be a bad boss, it’s pretty clear what you have to do.
Taking credit for their underlings’ work is the worst of all bad-boss behaviors, according to a new survey of more than 1,200 full-time U.S. workers, conducted by software company BambooHR. When asked to rank a list of odious managerial tendencies, 63 percent of respondents said hogging credit was unacceptable, or something they would consider worth quitting over.
Women were particularly offended by bosses wrongly taking credit—71 percent called it the worst behavior—and the habit seems more noxious the older you are. Workers over 60 were much more likely (77 percent) to find it offensive than workers under 30 (57 percent).
Other common behaviors are much more tolerable. More than half say its fine if their bosses don’t socialize with them out of work, and 64 percent say it’s ok if their bosses don’t friend them on social media.
Here’s BambooHR’s ranking of the 10 worst behaviors:
|Bad Boss Behavior||Percentage who call it unacceptable or a deal breaker|
|Your boss takes credit for your work||63%|
|Your boss doesn’t trust or empower you||62|
|Your boss doesn’t care if you’re overworked||58|
|Your boss doesn’t advocate for you||57|
|Your boss hires and promotes the wrong people||56|
|Your boss doesn’t back you up||55|
|Your boss doesn’t provide proper direction||54|
|Your boss micromanages||53|
|Your boss focuses more on your weaknesses than strengths||53|
|Your boss doesn’t set clear expectations||52|
Almost 44 percent of the workers said they had quit a job because of a boss, and the most commonly cited explanations—the respondents could provide up to three reasons—were management style (37 percent), inappropriate behavior (26 percent), or harassment of employees (24 percent).