I worked for several different types of companies before I found my home in journalism: a video store, a bank, a home insurance company, a mortgage firm, an interior design company, an Internet start-up, etc. And over the years I've had my share of both good and bad bosses.
Those who are chosen to lead others often ask themselves, "Am I being a good boss?" If you're a new pizzeria owner or manager, you could be asking yourself this same question.
Thankfully, there are some tell-tale signs that someone may be a "bad" boss. While it may be scary to find out that these signs apply to you, don't worry: There's still time to turn things around. Once you have identified the problem, a solution is usually not far behind.
1. You micromanage. Do you often feel like no one can do a job as well as you can? Is it so hard to trust employees that you sometimes go back and redo something they've already done or watch over them as they perform a task?
2. You are hyper-critical. You find it hard to give constructive feedback, so instead, you criticize.
3. You create more confusion than clarity. Do your employees, including the managers who work for you, understand your vision for the restaurant, your plan for its future, and what you expect from them? Do you make an effort to communicate your goals and your requirements clearly? If they don't really know what you want from them – or if your expectations are constantly changing – they can't possibly make you happy.
4. You see the glass as half empty. As a boss, part of your job is to keep the team in good spirits. If you find yourself with a constant negative attitude, those around you will soon follow suit.
5. You are borderline abusive. Have you ever yelled, screamed or used inappropriate profanity with an employee? As the boss, you set the tone for how you should expect employees to interact with one another.
6. You are too friendly. While abusive bosses are bad, so, too, are bosses who are too friendly. No employee should ever feel that a boss is flirting or making unwelcome advances. Work is for working.
7. You are absent. You can't function as a boss if you are not around. Your team needs a leader; if it's not you, hire someone who can be there to make sure they can succeed.
So how did you fare? Did you pass with flying colors? Not everyone is cut out to be a boss; it's a tough job to manage a team of people who are all different and are all counting on you to lead the team to success.
If you're doing things right, keep up the good work!