Earlier this week I started a series about the characteristics of the boss from hell, prompted by my recent re-watch of the movie The Devil Wears Prada. My last post was about how devil bosses don’t see their employees as real people (with hopes, preferences and dreams), but rather as pawns to be moved around on a giant chessboard to achieve some greater objective. Here’s another trait of the boss from hell – they overwork their employees. The boss from hell doesn’t understand that overworking his/her people is completely counterproductive, as nothing burns employees out more than overloading them. In the movie, not only did Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) overburden Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) with more work than any normal person could be expected to handle in a single day, but she also expected her to be at her beck and call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Unlike in the movie, overworking of employees can often happen unintentionally; after all, if you’re in a position of leadership, the tendency is to get the most you can out of your best people. But the irony is Continue reading