The Terror Boss

Most of us will eventually encounter the Terror Boss.

The Terror boss is that direct superior who shreds a subordinate’s self-esteem.  He or she:

  • Yells at you, with expletives and words not acceptable for children below 18 years old;
  • Finds faults, never praises, never has anything good to say about you;
  • Assigns lots of work that require overtime beyond the laws of physics;
  • Criticizes you and your work in front of the whole office;
  • Takes credit for any good results arising from your work;
  • Tells you that you don’t deserve a promotion or raise but should be thankful you still have a job;
  • Disapproves requests for off-site training;
  • Doesn’t allow you to reimburse your expenses for official business meetings;
  • Calls you about work when you’re at home or on vacation;
  • Accuses you of stealing when something goes missing;
  • Says you’re lazy;
  • Orders you to do personal errands such as shopping at the drug store and delivering the stuff to his or her residence;
  • Blames you for his or her wrong decisions;
  • Does everything possible to make you feel worthless.

One would eventually have a Terror Boss.  How we respond will determine what we become. 

Published by Ellery

Since I started blogging in 2019, I've written personal insights about supply chains, operations management, & industrial engineering. I have also delved in topics that cover how we deal with people, property, and service providers. My mission is to boost productivity via offering solutions and ideas. If you like what I write or disagree with what I say, feel free to like, dislike, comment, or if you have a lengthy discourse, email me at ; I'm also on LinkedIn:

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