It’s not you—it’s them.

By Liz Steelman
April 26, 2017

A micromanaging, passive-aggressive boss can make the work you do each day feel pointless. And though they might feel great about the work they’re doing, it’s coming at the expense of your experience. According to a new study from the University of Sussex, published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, a bad boss can create a sense of pointlessness and destroy the work that, otherwise, would be meaningful to their employees.

Here, the “seven deadly sins” of managers—actions that lead workers to think of their work as meaningless—identified by researchers: 

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