When we work under someone, we put our lives in their hands. Our time becomes their money, and as such, they have a major say in how we spend our lives. It makes sense, then, that we want to trust our employers to do what’s right for us. After all, trust is a two-way thing. Why wouldn’t they have our best interests at heart?
In truth, though, many employers are cut throat. With the job market so competitive in the modern day, employers don’t have as much need to keep employees happy. There’s always someone else willing to do the job. As such, bosses often feel they can get away with treating employees in a less than ideal manner. Worse, many of us accept the behavior because we don’t know any different. To help you determine whether your boss falls into this category, we’re going to look at some sure signs they’re not treating you well, and a few ways you can deal with it.
They’re rude when they speak to you
This may seem like a small issue, but you don’t need to put up with rudeness from your boss. If they wouldn’t be happy with you replying in kind, they shouldn’t be speaking to you that way. Snapping orders and shouting are both unacceptable. You’re all adults, after all. Being boss doesn’t give them the right to undermine you.
But, what can you do about it? If you snap back in the same way, you’ll lose your job. Your boss has you over a barrel. But, there are avenues you can take. Sometimes, a polite chat is all it takes. If the behavior continues, make notes and go above their head.
Refusal to pay what you’re owed
A bad boss values money over employees. As such, they’ll do anything to get out of paying what they owe. It may be that they try to cheat you out of paid breaks, or refuse holiday pay. In extreme cases, they may even deny you sickness and injury pay when you need it most, even if the injury was received in the workplace.
It’s important to keep hold of paychecks, and make sure to track the hours they’re paying you. If they’re refusing to pay while you’re off with an injury, you can seek pre settlement funding workers compensation to tide you over while you wait for your case. It may seem far from ideal, but your boss’ refusal in a matter like this will only help you in the long run.
Expecting too much
Expecting too much is another example of a bad boss. We’ve all had that boss who increases hours without asking, and expects us to do all the overtime under the sun. Assumptions like these are unacceptable. Worse, they’re illegal. Make sure to keep a copy of your contract, which will include your intended hours. Use this anytime your employer tries to force extra work on you. There’s no way they can argue with their own contract.