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Bob McCann • Edited on

I, too, think this is a great article. And like others of its kind, it is going to inspire a comment section filled with other people's red flags/hallmarks of your soon-to-be-former workplace. This comment will be no exception.

My number one red-flag, time to dust off the resume boss behavior is:

Shouting/screaming at employees. Any boss who styles himself (and it's almost always a him) as some kind of football coach or is just an egotistical, self-centered narcissistic prick who feels entitled enough to get away with this sort of behavior is a boss I will be getting away from myself as soon as possible. Having some overweight, ex-frat boy dudebro, faded football hero getting up in my face barely six inches away from me, red-faced, screaming at the top of his lungs because I forgot to put a cover letter on the TPS report again becomes someone that I have to physically restrain myself from making him a new hat out of the nearest monitor! I'm projecting again... I need to work on that more.

This kind of boss behavior may have been acceptable at some point in the last century, but it is 2020 now, and that sort of emotionally abusive verbal assault should be responded to with a quick call/e-mail to HR explaining how Captain A$$hat is creating a hostile work environment. Bonus points if you (or a friendly co-worker) were able to record one or several such of these type of encounters using the many tools of capturing audio and video at our disposal (laptop, cellphone, tablet, little $19.99 Amazon pinhole camera sitting on your bookshelf, etc.)

You give HR exactly one chance to correct the matter with permanence. Baby Boss doesn't necessarily have to be fired, but if he is not, you should be allowed to transfer to a new team completely outside of your former boss's influence. If neither of these scenarios transpire, just start answering some of the five to seven (or more!) headhunting recruiters who hit us all up in e-mail or on LinkedIn every week.

Keep on writing good pieces! I like your writing style!

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DesirΓ© πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©β€πŸ« Author

Bob, so glad you read my article and that you bring your own red-flag!

Would you let me include it in the article itself? I never had that kind of boss, however I'm pretty sure they are so common...

PS thank you for the compliment! :)

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Bob McCann


Of course! I would be happy for you to use my red flag! Feel free to either just "cut and paste" or to rewrite it in your own words.

And yes, there is a whole class of boss that likes to manage by intimidation and fear, that does not hesitate to belittle and humiliate their underlings by berating them loudly in full sight and hearing of the poor victim's co-workers.