Signs of Boss Who is a Saboteur


You had been a good worker, then suddenly you found yourself being fired. You could have been sabotaged by your immediate boss.

Silent Rules of Good Employees

A lot of us are brought up, sold on the “ rules of being a good worker”:

  • We keep our boss informed when our staff or staff in other departments is causing trouble. We try to analyse to determine the cause of the trouble and suggest solutions.
  • We don’t talk about our job or our boss to our boss’ superior.
  • When the work tasks or processes give problems, we are the first to roll up our sleeves and fix them.
  • We make suggestions for problems brought up by our boss or our colleagues at meetings which our boss is present. We also to take the time to explain our solutions and share our experience.
  • When we see a problem coming (anticipate a problem); we inform the boss and discuss with him on how we should prepare for it.
  • We keep things to ourselves.
  • The best of us go the extra mile: we do more than we should have; and we regularly volunteer our help.

What We Expect From A Good Boss

We are our expectations of a good boss:

  • Able to bring his training and experience to bear on the job.
  • Take responsibility for his instructions.
  • Give credit to suggestions that proved to be successful in implementation.
  • Great listener.
  • Stands up for the staff if was not the staff’s fault.
  • Treat people as people. Does not get angry easily.

What Makes Up a Bad Boss?

A bad boss just guards his own job. He take credits for your good ideas and good work. We are the expendables.


  • He does not have the width and depth of experience to do the job. He will wait for what other said at a meeting; paraphase what was, draw his conclusion and make his decision. If you are working in the Human Resource Department, just check his resume.
  • He asked you whether you have the experience in firing staff. He tells you that he has a hire and fire management style. He treats people as things. He do not value that other people hold the job to make a livelihood.
  • He cannot do his own job so he delegates his job to other people. He wants the high pay but do not welcome hard work.
  • When the staff in his department gives trouble, he lacks patience; do not coach; do not counsel; and ask you to discipline or even fire his staff. When the staff retailates, he do not claim responsibility. Instead he hides and shift the blame to you.
  • Misplaced ego.
  • Salesman mouth. Work experience likely to be in mass communications. He flatters his bosses. First he does when he comes on the job is to have coffee with them.

Biggest Sign: He Avoids Accountability

The biggest sign is that your boss will seek all means to avoid accountability on his part.

Smoke Screens

Your boss can still throw smoke screens by seemingly praising you in front of other people; so that he appears to the “good guy”. Yet you lost your job because of him.

How Your Boss Can Sabotage You

Your boss can push all blame to you. He can make up stories to his bosses behind your back and you never know it. So you lose your job even though it is not your fault.

Because he is the boss, and has the official authority,

Our School System Have Conditioned Us

Probably the way that we are as good workers is similar to us being conditioned as good students.

The Lesson I Learnt from Others

The main lesson is to minimise work where it needs approval by the boss or the boss needs to be notified simply because the boss shuns accountability.

  • If in the course of our work, we discovered that something is broken, we don’t report it.
  • In meetings, unless we are asked, then we can decide whether to speak up. The rule is not to open our mouth. Also in that way, the meeting ends earlier and we get less work.
  • Do not bother to give suggestions or sound the bell when we anticipate something coming.
  • Don’t keep records or don’t manage records.