Alchemical Thoughts

Signs you may or not have a good boss

Posted on: October 22, 2011

I came across a couple of items about bosses. One of them is a serious checklist, the other one may be a bit more tongue-in-cheek, but it still has some insights.

  • Bob Sutton has a checklist. He writes “Is Your Boss Horrible? A 10 Point Checklist.” This is a good list that I would say candidates out on the job market should keep handy and ask at least some of the questions in order to determine if they may end up working for a bad boss or not. I know I wish I would have had it when I was in the market for my first library job.
  • On a bit lighter note, the blog Retail Hell Underground has a list of “13 Lessons Every Boss Should Know.” If you read closely, there are some good lessons here that bosses likely need to mind. The second lesson on the list is pretty good: “If your employees are kicking ass on their own, don’t screw with them, especially if you don’t offer perks or don’t pay them shit.” So, bosses, don’t micromanage, let us do our job, especially when we are already doing it well. And especially if we are doing it very well in spite of the low pay, so on.


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October 2011


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