The theme of bad bosses is popping up a lot these days in the popular media, and the trend appears likely to continue.
Five types of bad bosses
For example, Amy Levin-Epstein, writing for CBS MoneyWatch (link here), identifies five types of bad bosses:
“The Vague One”
I’ll quarrel a bit with her categories and suggest that narcissistic bosses often are among the worst bullies.
More importantly, I’ll once again take issue with the common practice of offering one-size-fits-all advice on handling bad bosses. Each situation is different, and a miscalculation can have serious consequences. It’s not something easily reduced to a line or two in an advice column.
Coming to a theatre near you
In early July, the movie “Horrible Bosses” will be opening at theatres across the country. You can click the link to the trailer above. Here’s what the blog ReallyBadBoss is saying about it (link here):
Hollywood is banking on the fact that zillions of Americans hate their bad bosses enough to fork over the $10+ price of admission to see Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day plot the ultimate demise of their respective bosses played by Kevin Spacey – a white color [sic] schmuck -, Jennifer Aniston – a sexual predator – and Colin Farrell – a drug addicted, fiercely-combed-over pig.
With this type of movie, I think we’re looking at either a smash success or a soon-to-be-forgotten flop. If “Horrible Bosses” strikes the right chord with moviegoers’ experiences of work, it could join “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Office Space,” and “Nine to Five” on the list of leading cinematic portrayals of the joys of working in offices.