Is My Manager Toxic? 9 Nine Indicators To Find Out

Being a good manager isn’t a gift that everyone possesses. Some of them often go one step too far and victimize you unscrupulously. From filling up your inbox with mean means to being unable to recognize your talent or threats, some behaviors are downright unhealthy. If you had doubts about your manager, here are 9 signs they are toxic.

Do you going to work shrouded with anxiety? Does the idea of being alone with your manager make you panic? If these scenarios ring true, your manager is probably toxic. Tense relationships and a heavy emotional climate have a strong impact on your daily life... Avoid suffering a burn-out and learn to identify the problem in order to get on top of it.

9 Signs your manager is toxic

1. They take all the credit

Your manager no doubt carries the whole team on their back and is completely arrogant whenever you achieve something. "If I hadn't insisted, we wouldn't have had such results." "It's a good thing I was there." Do these phrases frequently come out of his mouth? If so, he definitely loves crushing you and your morale.

2. Threats are easily made

Anyone would believe your office chair was attached to a catapult. The slightest mistake can cost you your job. Disappoint your manager and your superior will put you through hell. It’s as if your professional future and your well-being were in his hands.

3. Plenty of layers

Your superior is no doubt a great manipulator who masters being pleasant when necessary. This way, any complaints you may have will seem unfounded. Although despite being all sweetness and light, their attitude towards you is often provocative and mean.

4. They show favoritism

Divide and conquer is their motto. They know how to highlight the talents of other employees in order to bring out your weak points. You’ll notice that they seem to be much more understanding towards your coworkers. In the long run, such behavior can have serious consequences on your self-esteem.

5. The toxic manager forgets to pass on information

With all the current means of communication, an e-mail or message takes barely 30 seconds! These people regularly omit to transmit important information and call you out on it later. It's hard to be organized and productive if important meetings have been moved or cancelled without everyone knowing.

6. The toxic manager is always right

Democracy is not in his vocabulary. To seem polite, they’ll ask for your opinion but will never take it into account. They hold the decision-making power and if bad choices are made, guess who will be held responsible?

7. They love bullying

When a toxic manager realizes that the end of the month is approaching and that the results are not up to par, they’ll undoubtedly go on a rampage. Make room in your inbox, charge your phone as they will try to put pressure on you by any means necessary.

>>> Read our article on how to recognize passive aggressive behavior

8. They demand the impossible

Unbearable rhythm, inconceivable delays, even with all the goodwill in the world, I never manage to meet my manager’s demands. Yet when I am unable to carry them out, my boss takes a malicious pleasure in making me feel guilty.

9. The toxic manager checks everything I do

My toxic manager would've been better suited for career in law enforcement. Keeping an eye on my decisions and my schedule for the week isn’t out of the ordinary. Trust doesn’t seem to be in their vocabulary and as a result, I feel devalued and infantilized.

► You are now able to tell if your manager is toxic. For your well-being, it is time to take action by informing your superiors or changing jobs. In the meantime, we suggest that you check out:

By Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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