Advice » In the Workplace» Workplace Issues » 5 Things You’re Doing That Your ...
5 Things You’re Doing That Your Boss Hates

5 Things You’re Doing That Your Boss Hates

By Catherine Conlan
Monster Contributing Writer

You may think you get along with your boss, but there are several things you might be doing that could make your boss hate you. Make sure you’re not sabotaging your own career by doing any of these things.

1. Asking too many questions.

It’s important to be clear on the instructions your boss gives you on a task or project, of course, but clarifying every little detail shows you lack initiative or confidence to do the job. “People who run into their boss’ office for every little thing create a distraction and annoyance,” says says Todd Cherches, CEO of Big Blue Gumball. This is especially true if it’s something they should know, or could have gone to a colleague to ask.

INSTEAD: Check with your co-workers to see if they can fill in details you might have missed. Pay attention when the boss asks you to do something, and try to find ways to solve problems without having to double-check every step of the process.

2. Answering the wrong question.
“You’re not expected to be a mind-reader, but you are expected to think,” Cherches says. Failing to answer the QBQ -- the Question Behind the Question that your boss is asking -- can irritate a boss looking for information. If your boss asks you questions such as what you have on your to-do list for the day, she may be looking for information about how you are prioritizing your work, how organized you are, or even whether you know what you should be doing.

INSTEAD: When your boss asks questions -- especially if they seem out of the blue -- see if you can answer the question behind the question. Answer the question literally, but read between the lines and try to provide the information she really wants and needs.

3. Creating chaos.

How do you approach difficulty? If a project goes downhill, are you frantically looking for reasons why and finding who’s responsible, or are you exploring solutions? Do you take failure personally? What an employee considers leadership in a crisis might actually look completely different -- “creating unnecessary panic, crying wolf, overreacting emotionally, contributing to rather than reducing chaos,” according to Cherches -- to a boss.

INSTEAD: Take your cue from the office culture, particularly the example your boss provides, when the going gets tough. If others are calm even in the face of difficulty, there is no reason for you to send panicky emails looking for answers. If your boss believes in your team, you can, too.

4. Showing up with problems without solutions.
“This is probably the classic,” says Cherches. If you talk to your boss about a problem or challenge you’re facing and are looking for answers, your boss will likely get fed up pretty quickly.

“Your job is not to create more work for your boss, it’s to create less and to help your boss be successful,” Cherches says. “You are not expected to have all the answers, and you may not be empowered to make the final decision and/or take action. But when you go to your boss, you should come prepared with two or three viable options, the relative pros and cons of each, and your top recommendation.”

INSTEAD: Come up with an action plan you can offer your boss when you have an issue. Even if your boss doesn’t adopt it, it shows that don’t expect someone else to solve your problems.

5. Making your boss look stupid.
Nobody likes to look stupid in front of their peers. You may think you’re avoiding this by not pointing out the flaws in your boss’ bizarre plans during meetings, but there are many other ways you might be undermining your boss’ authority. “This happens when you withhold information, making your boss seem out of the loop and uninformed,” Cherches says. Running late on projects or turning in poor work makes your boss look bad to his boss, as well.

INSTEAD: Keep your boss up-to-date on your progress with projects you’re working on, including details you might not think are important. Bosses generally don’t like surprises; check in regularly so your boss knows what to expect when project milestones approach.

Latest Jobs

Maverick Transportation
Posted: 05/26/2015
Ottawa, IL, 61350
Multi Media Advertising
Posted: 05/26/2015
Dewitt, IA, 37027
Ebe Industrial, Llc
Posted: 05/26/2015
Walnut, IL, 61376
Posted: 05/26/2015
Prescott, 86303
Nsi Environmental
Posted: 05/26/2015
Dixon, IL, 61021

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile


Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
Create and connect.
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.


100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2015 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2015.8.0.34-304