It can be hard work to be a successfully horrible boss. No matter how hard you try, sometimes your staff may still have the audacity to enjoy their work and not be reduced to tears or hard drinking on a regular basis! Here are some surefire tips that will keep your staff in no doubt that they are here to work hard and make you and your company money, not to fulfill their desire to have a rewarding and enjoyable career and a healthy work/life balance:
Create draconian working conditions, that, while within the law, would make any Victorian workhouse governor proud.
Change their contracts. Change staff contracts on a regular basis to create insecurity and, if the staff kick up a fuss, tell them that their position is no longer economically viable, so the other option is to terminate their employment, and then offer them the new contract.
Enforce rigid working patterns. Don’t allow any changes they request, say no to flexible hours, leaving early, or taking holidays outside the allotted periods.
Expect and demand flexible working when it suits you. Tell the staff you expect them to come in early and stay till the work is done.
Treat different staff, differently. Be inconsistent and play yourstaff off against each other to get what you want. A good example is to point out that other staff are ‘happy’ to stay late.
Don’t show appreciation. They are here to work, and they get paid for it. What more do they want?!
Offer no incentives. The fact you’ve given them a job in the first place should be incentive enough, and this should be enough to make your staff eternally grateful.
Be unapproachable. You’re there to run the business and tell your staff what to do. You’re not interested in what their opinions or concerns are, and you are not their therapist or mother/father.
Treat staff like cheap pieces of equipment. Don’t regard them as valuable assets with diverse needs, emotions, feelings and potential.
Ask a staff member to do something, and then deny asking them. Or say you asked for something different once they’ve done it!
Say you can’t afford to give your staff a pay rise before flaunting your new Ferrari in the car park. Or before taking a month long holiday to an exotic destination! Follow this with pay cuts, due to ‘difficult economic times’. Remember, there are plenty more people out there, desperate for a job.
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams.