Is there a way to tell if you have a bad boss? Here’s a list of some of the worst “bad boss phrases.” Experts say if your boss uses one of these, consider looking for a new job:

  • “If you don’t want this job, I’ll find someone who does.” Experts say good managers appreciate things that go beyond your paycheck – like your intelligence, hard work, and your sweat. But when your boss makes you feel like a replaceable name on the payroll, as if anyone could do your job, that’s a red flag.
  • “I don’t pay you to think.” Experts say that’s another way of saying: “Do what I tell you to do, and nothing else,” which is essentially what robots do. In other words, it should never be said by someone who’s in charge of managing people, because a proven way for companies to grow is when people share ideas.
  • “Drop everything and do this NOW!” Experts say good managers will rarely ever say this, because they know how to plan ahead and prioritize tasks. So, it’s a bad sign if your manager dumps emergency projects on you daily because you’ll never have time to finish them all!
  • “Nowadays, you’re LUCKY to have a job at all.” With unemployment over 9%, you might think your boss has a point with that one. The catch is that your boss is just as lucky as you are to have a job! And experts say any manager who doesn’t realize that is failing to see the big picture.

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