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55 Bad Boss Quotes That Everyone In The Workplace Will Get

by Martha Simmonds

There’s no such thing as a perfect work environment. With work comes stress, hard work, camaraderie, and sometimes bad bosses. When your work is hard and stressful enough, the last thing you need is a boss to further demotivate you and not appreciate the effort and work you put in.

If you too have experienced toxic, incompetent, and bad bosses, these quotes might just help you find the words to express your frustrations in unique ways.

What Are Bad Boss Quotes?


Bad boss quotes are one of the ways in which employees can vent their frustrations and other negative work emotions against their bosses. Typically seen on social media, these quotes are an indirect but fun way to share your sentiments against your boss — without actual name-dropping.

These bad boss quotes are often a workplace reality, expressed in a funny, sarcastic, and sometimes even motivational way.

Funny Bad Boss Quotes

Funny Bad

#1. “I’d appreciate you not complaining to me about your job until I have a job to complain about.
#2. “Nothing brightens up a room like your absence.
#3. “I wish we worked together so we could hate the same coworkers.
#4. “There’s no better vacation than my boss being on vacation.
#5. “I’m not arguing. I’m just explaining why I’m right.
#6. “We’re all going to really miss doing your work for you.
#7. “I’m sorry. I was listening until, out of nowhere, I became distracted by this loud, obnoxious noise that turned out to be your voice.
#8. “I should get an award for how I’ve managed not to punch you in the face every time I see you.
#9. “Appearing busy to avoid being laid off has become more exhausting than actually working.
#10. “I work so I can afford the amount of alcohol required to continue going to work.
#11. “Thank you for all your hard work. We are going to reward you by giving you other people’s work to finish.
#12. “The mountain of paperwork on my desk makes me envy the trees that died to produce it.
#13. “I now have antibodies to assholes after working for so many.”

Relatable Bad Boss Quotes

Relatable Bad

#14. “Sometimes, I have my headphones at work with nothing playing, so I don’t have to interact with chatty coworkers.
#15. “The most challenging job in the world is having to listen to you complain about having the most demanding job in the world.
#16. “Please submit your ideas to me today so that I can submit them as my own tomorrow.
#17. “Please try to schedule meetings around my job interviews.
#18. “I’d have better people skills if I worked with better people.
#19. “Leaving the office for lunch is the new vacation day.
#20. “The only significant difference between work and hell is probably that I would like more people in hell.
#21. “Congratulations on getting promoted to the job you’re already doing.
#22. “I’m going to miss having you around to blame for the quality of my work.
#23. “When you don’t do it, you’re lazy. When your boss doesn’t do it, he’s too busy.
#24. “I always arrive late at the office but make up for it by leaving early.
#25. “Pride, commitment, and teamwork are words they use to get you to work for free.
#26. “Let’s spend countless hours preparing for a meeting that will be delayed, canceled, or misrepresented.
#27. “Skilled workers are hard to find. That’s why idiots are promoted in management.

Motivational Bad Boss Quotes

Motivational Bad

#28. “It is incredible what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
#29. “A leader is admired, and a boss is feared.
#30. “When you know who you are, you know what to do.
#31. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
#32. “Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.
#33. “You can’t control other people’s behavior, but you can control your responses to it.
#34. “Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
#35. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
#36. “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
#37. “My sincerest gratitude to every ass hole, horrible boss, and worthless piece of shit I’ve ever met for giving me new and endless material to work with and a way to earn a living exposing you.
#38. “Fight as if you are right, listen as if you are wrong.
#39. “Listen to those under your supervision — really listen. Don’t act as if you’re listening and let it go in one ear and out the other. Faking it is worse than not doing it at all.

Interesting Bad Boss Quotes

Interesting Bad

#40. “Doing management work requires dozens, sometimes hundreds, of brief and fragmented tasks each day.
#41. “Having a bad boss isn’t your fault. Staying with one is.
#42. “What you allow is what will continue.
#43. “People don’t quit jobs; they quit bosses.
#44. “A flawed system will beat a good person every time.
#45. “Never waste an excellent opportunity to learn from a bad boss.
#46. “A bad job with a good boss is better than an excellent job with a lousy boss.
#47. “Staying in a situation where you’re unappreciated isn’t called loyalty; it’s called breaking your own heart.
#48. “There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself meeting them.
#49. “Show respect even to people that don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.
#50. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
#51. “Talented employees who put their needs ahead of their colleagues and the company are dangerous.
#52. “I send pointless emails late at night to impress coworkers.
#53. “Threats from the street may be potentially lethal, but the threat from the ‘enemy within’ is a far worse hazard to a law officer’s health and wellbeing.
#54. “A boss with just money is like a sinking person drowning in the sea — whoever comes to him gets his career dragged out.
#55. “The first job of a leader is to define reality.

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