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The Bosses That Make You Suicidal!

Let me begin by asking if you agree with the above statement. Do you? 

My friend *Biodun quit his job after two years of torture, torment, psychological abuse and trauma from his boss. This woman is the stereotypical bitch-boss, nothing he did ever pleased her. From day one it was as though she just hated the very sight of him and did everything in her power to frustrate him into quitting. If he did things one way she would complain, often calling him a fool or no-good, when he asked her for directives, she would still call him a fool and said he lacked initiative. Often times she would question his degree and qualifications, she'd often emasculate him and embarass him in front of the office. Unfortunately not much could be done because she's closely related to the CEO and just recently Biodun caved and handed in his resignation. 

I honestly didn't think it was that serious till he told me he quit. 

Now another friend of mine is on the verge of quitting her job. In her own case she has reported to HR on two occasions but twice it was to her detriment. Now she's thinking about just quitting her job as staying is ruining her self-esteem and peace of mind. The problem however is that her job is a good one and the pay is very decent, the only offer she has (she's been applying for other jobs) isn't exactly what she wants to do and the pay is much less, but she's sure that the circumstances would be better there, she would be working under a family friend. 

This morning she talked about it and the question above is pretty much what we're wondering; Is a bad job with a good boss better that a good job with a bad boss?

And please can someone tell me what it is with bosses that do everything to frustrate their subordinate(s)? Do you think they're facing serious problems in their personal lives and they take it out on junior staff or are some people just plain evil and derive pleasure from making others miserable?

Have you ever had to deal with a mean boss? How did you cope?


  1. Wow... people do go through shit.
    I never had a mean Boss. Just a sexual predator, Reason why I prefer female Bosses now.

    But really, she should quit if her emotions are being shattered.
    Those Bosses sha, I have no idea why they do the things they do.

  2. Some of them face serious family issues ranging from marital,health,spiritual, e.t.c while some are just pure witches and wizard n also sadist who are never happy seeing others do better than them. What's the essence of working in an environment with a good pay and weneva u wake up to go to d office,ur heart beat races fast? Isn't that slavery. I would advice she quits but gal before u quit give that boss of urs a piece of your mind and pack your bags.

  3. You quit and the next boss is worse, so you quit again??

    People must develop survival strategies to deal with tough situations in life, things are not getting better and the workplace is more hostile today than it was several years back.

  4. When u r going thru what ur friends r goin thru u begin to believe that statement above thou
    Some bosses r just sadist that bring all their life problems to work n frustrate others with it
    She should quit thou if its messing with her self esteem n trust God for something better..u knw the saying when one door closes another opens well it may apply her..having a bad boss is the worst thing ever

  5. I agree with the statement above. Thing is, you spend a lot of time with the people you work with, practically most of your waking time, those people and your relations with them will impact your life one way or another, you must be sure that that impact is positive.

    I worked in one big audit firm for one year before I went to serve. At the time I worked there, the pay was crap cos I didn't have a certificate yet but after service, my mum asked me to go back there. The pay would have been fantastic but I refused to go back. Why? Hostile work environment.
    I couldn't imagine spending eight to nine hours everyday with those people. I stayed at home for 8 months before I got a job that paid a quarter of what the audit firm would have paid me but I had peace of mind at my work place.

    The peace of mind lasted until they hired a new admin person. This woman was hell to work with. I'm generally a patient person and can tolerate most people but this woman made me seriously consider quitting my job. She was hostile, mean, rude, and arrogant. One day she called me into her office and gave me a serious tongue lashing, I had tears in my eyes by the time I came out. She eventually passed her boundary and spoke rudely to our Director, she lost the job the next day barely one month after she resumed.

    People like this mess with your self esteem which isn't good for anyone. A number of them are that way because of problems that are probably not related to work but many of them are just naturally mean sadistic people who just want other people around them to be unhappy.
    And some are jealous of you and what you have accomplished at your age.

    We can try to make excuses for their meanness but we all have a choice to be either good or bad, nothing stops them from making the same choice thousands of people make everyday to be good people.

  6. I've been in a bad job before, honestly I hated waking up everyday to go to work. I couldn't wait to leave. If you can stay, stay and bear but for me, that experience really thought me that money isn't everything

  7. Most bad bosses are just evil people on an ego trip. Never thought they'd amount to anything and so have to rub it in at their subordinates. I have only had one bad boss. He wasn't mean, just sneaky and sly and always trying to pit staff against one another. I ignored him for all he was worth. I didn't laugh at his jokes or even crack a smile when others were smiling at him. I left that particular job( not because of him) and I heard he was sacked later. What I have learned is that bad bosses don't really last. Take your money and flex with it and ignore that meanie who doesn't know any better. Just do your job WELL and pay extra attention to your looks. It kills them faster than Ebola.

  8. Most bad bosses are just evil people on an ego trip. Never thought they'd amount to anything and so have to rub it in at their subordinates. I have only had one bad boss. He wasn't mean, just sneaky and sly and always trying to pit staff against one another. I ignored him for all he was worth. I didn't laugh at his jokes or even crack a smile when others were smiling at him. I left that particular job( not because of him) and I heard he was sacked later. What I have learned is that bad bosses don't really last. Take your money and flex with it and ignore that meanie who doesn't know any better. Just do your job WELL and pay extra attention to your looks. It kills them faster than Ebola.

  9. I feel bad/evil bosses do much evil to their subordinates cuz they feel life has been hard on them and thus they should rub it even harder on those they can.
    As to the other issue, every choice or decision should be made on benefits versus costs. The benefits should include non-financial gains and also the costs. If you feel the costs far outweigh the gains then by all means there shouldn't be any reason sticking to the job. I'd advice you stick to the job and increase you search for another job via networks, linkedIn, referral from friends and other colleagues et al till you get an acceptable one. otherwise if the job environment (boss) is too unfavorable, quit and continue job search or entrepreneurial activities


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