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By Phil Piemonte

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The 'Horrible Bosses' bandwagon

Unless you have been hiding in a cave somewhere, you probably have heard about or seen an ad for the movie “Horrible Bosses,” which was released this week.

Even if you haven’t heard of it, e-mail marketers and bloggers sure have.

We don’t know about you, but our e-mail has been full of ads and press releases touting one or another (probably recently retitled) book or presentation or seminar dealing with the subject of horrible bosses and what to do about them.

The truth is, we are not above exploiting the topic here, either (this is a blog, after all), so we thought it might be a good idea to open up the floor to your best (or worst) horrible boss stories. Right here, right now.

So think back. Have you ever had a boss who yelled at you for not working independently enough one day and then screamed at you the next for sending an e-mail without approval?

Or one who wasn’t happy unless he or she kept you reworking (and reworking) something until the wee hours? And then decided not to use it?

Or how about a boss who called you in the middle of the night from some Central Asian republic (where they only have electricity eight hours a day anyway) to micromanage you in the middle of Sunday dinner? (We might be getting a bit too specific here.)

C’mon. We’re sure you have some horrible boss stories that are way better than these.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jul 08, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Sat, Nov 26, 2011 Larry Michigan

Just like the movie “Horrible bosses” the one guy is threaten with a bad recommendation on future jobs he might apply for. That happens often in gov. The supervisor is an idiot, but can stuck up real well

Mon, Aug 1, 2011

My current boss doesn't bother to assign work or work much himself. It is life-draining. Of course, none of them can get fired - laziness or incompetence is not grounds for dismissal, only filing out paperwork incorrectly is.

Fri, Jul 29, 2011 JC Idaho

Rather than complain about how bad your boss is, or how little he/she knows, do something about it. Do what it takes to get into supervision/management yourself and then become the boss for your workers that you feel a good boss should be. Too many of our qualified, experienced staff are unwilling to apply and move up. That leaves the meglamaniacs and self-serving, power hungry people to fill the application roster for the management positions. If you want something done well, you are likely going to have to do it yourself! Go for it! That's what public service is all about...

Thu, Jul 28, 2011 Dan Springfield, Va

Bad bosses - where do we start! I work for CBP and agree with many of the comments that sucking up is the primary qualification. We bring in employees as GS14/10s with little to no actual experience and put them in charge. The work environment suffers and no one is held responsible. They must be taking their lead from Congress. Heaven help us!

Wed, Jul 27, 2011

Willing to bet that the number of "Bad Boss" stories increase with the federal economic woes.

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