Nothing is more destructive in the workplace than difficult bosses. Every employee has an experience of “serial killers”, as their bosses over their working career. They come in all types and shapes, but most of them have one thing in common “the illusion of being perfect”. Generally, the employees who quit their job are most frequently leaving their bosses, not necessarily the company. Sad, isn’t it?

A survey recently conducted by “Askmen” (online magazine) found that over half of the employees interviewed were of the opinion that they would punch a boss in the face if they could get away with it. The real difficulty and the catchy part pertain to “getting away with it”. Not everyone is so lucky and blessed.

Being bully, intrusive, controlling, taking credit for your work, picky and petty are just some of the traits exhibited by some bosses with ravishing ferocity everyday while one continues to make assumptions about this behaviour owing to his marital bliss and constant suffering at the hands of his or her better half.

Bosses come in various forms and can be categorised in seven distinctive types.

“The Bland Boss” usually avoids risk or conflict at all cost and is always vague and flit between decisions.

“The Grunt” boss has no original thought, drive or ambition.

“The Control Freak” barely lets you cough in a meeting, let alone say something original or creative. You are being managed at such minute levels you feel like a useless employee. Anything that does not conform is changed or rejected, thus leading you to a state of total helplessness, the inability to think or function.

Then we come to “The Politician” boss, who is self-interested, self-promoter and generates more spin than a flywheel. “The Absent Boss” categorises the one with whom your main conversation is a hurried chat, masquerading as an annual appraisal.

Then there is “The Whip-Cracker”, the one who knows when you are goofing off or even thinking about it. As the Murphy’s Law corollary goes: “If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.”

And finally, we have “The Spiteful Boss”, who is a bully. His only religion in life is to belittle people for pleasure. Can be described, politely, a nasty ruthless wicked witch or wizard.

A closer look at how the employees really feel can be judged from the compiled list of comments by the author of this piece of various suffering souls. “I hate your micromanaging, constant monitoring, and aggression.” “Stop looking for something that you think I messed it up and let me work here quietly and do my bloody job.” “I don't have the time to respond to all the ridiculous emails you send about stuff that has got nothing to do with my job performance.”  “Yeah, I'm good at my job and that scares you.” And finally, “go back to your desk and play with your phone - better yet, go play with the other managers at their desks so that you have something to do and can let those of us, who actually work around here get something productive done.”

And honestly speaking, venting out this anger brings about a relief, which cannot be expressed in words. Honestly!

Good morning everyone. Rise and shine are the first words uttered by most of the bosses without realising that one could not sleep last night because of piles of work given while leaving office late in the evening. The tossing and turning all night while re-evaluating the work ten thousand times has already taken “shine” off one’s morning with nothing good left in it. The insanity does not stop here, as he or she tells you to do something and then once you have done it says: “I never told you to do that.” The employee goes insane; seriously.

On a more serious note, it is the most difficult thing to work for someone you don't respect. Day in and day out there is always something completely unprofessional. Some bosses generally seem to have no backbone and are ready to throw the employees under the bus to cover one’s own fault at any given moment, thus getting us exposed to the upper management. The most an employee in this position can learn is how “not” to manage people. That is the only thing one can thank them for; the only silver lining.

May it be a touchy, ignorant, and judgmental or an autocratic boss, one has to deal with him or her in a professional manner that requires lot of patience, analytical thinking and planning. But all that requires time and energy to absorb maximum quantity of trash in the minimum span of time. Everyone is not that much gifted inherently. Just going ahead and punching on the face is not a bad option either.

 The writer is a PhD in Information Technology, alumni of King’s College London and a social activist. He is life member of the Pakistan Engineering Council and senior international editor for IT Insight Magazine. He has authored two books  titled Understanding Telecommunications and Living In The Grave and several research papers. Email:    Twitter: @drirfanzafar