How to not be a toxic boss

Harlyn Hannah
Management Matters
Published in
3 min readMay 27, 2024

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When I started my first “real” job after college at age 22 that I was super ecstatic to get, I had a supervisor that was VERY unpredictable. On some days she was very pleasant to be around, friendly and approachable. On other days however, when you were least expecting it, she could be downright mean, combative, overly critical, and very moody. My coworkers and I never knew how she was going to be one day to the next so we just stopped going to her about literally anything and completely avoiding her whenever possible. There were other supervisors and managers in the office as well and they were not any better. Most of them had horrible interpersonal skills, didn’t know how to talk to employees, didn’t know how to support their employees, some didn’t leave their office most of the time, and overall it left me wondering…..how these people ever get into positions of management and leadership??? It was a big mystery.

Right then and there at the ripe young age of 22 I decided that if I ever had the chance to be in a position of leadership I would do exactly the opposite of everything these first line and mid level managers did.

It has has been said that employees quit bosses when they’re unhappy not always jobs. Bad bosses can make or break a workplace. Don’t be a bad boss employees want to quit!

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Harlyn Hannah
Management Matters

Single mom of 2 and Operations Manager by day looking to manifest the happily ever after 🥰. In a world where you can choose to be anything choose to be kind