Of all the strategies to help your people hate you as a manager or boss, this is perhaps the most versatile….because it works at home on your family, too! The sky’s the limit on your creativity with this one, but here are some tested tactics of inconsideration that I have observed will help make you a detested boss.
“Gifts” in Their Work Area
Bring your greasy, spicy food to the office after hours and eat it at their desk, don’t wipe up when you finish, then leave the smelly wrappers in their trash can so they can enjoy the aroma the next morning. What better way to demonstrate that their inconvenience or disgust does not matter to you?
“I’m Sorry…Were You Working on Something?”
Interrupt them, repeatedly, with no apology, as they concentrate on a mentally intensive task on which they will likely have to start over after dealing with your interruption. This is even more effective if you startle them suddenly from behind as they are working. And for the maximum effect, be sure that what you want from them could have just as easily been provided by another, less engaged worker just outside your office door.