When you've just about had it with your job and your boss, just think... it could be worse!

Bill Lumbergh, Office Space


It’s not just his bad fashion sense that makes employees at Initech wary of their boss. The antithesis of a motivational manager, Bill Lumbergh hires external consultants to downsize his department, while using non-confrontational language to coerce remaining employees to cover the slack.

“Ah, ah, I almost forgot… I’m also going to need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. We, uhhh, lost some people this week and we sorta need to play catch-up. Mmmmmkay? Thaaaaaanks.”

The epitome of everything wrong with corporate management, Lumbergh micromanages and manipulates his employees into submission. Or until they snap. Be thankful that your boss at least has a heart!

Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada


Hidden behind a job that ‘a million girls would kill for’ is the Editor of Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly. And perhaps that is why Priestly gets away with being such a harsh boss. If it’s not asking the impossible – think organising a personal jet in the middle of a hurricane or finding a copy of the unpublished Harry Potter manuscript – it’s expecting her employees to know exactly what she wants without elaborating on it.

“Please bore someone else with your questions.”

If you are struggling to keep up with your boss’s gruelling schedule and demeaning requests, find some consolation that your boss cares enough to at least know your name.

Michael Scott, The Office


Bad bosses don’t always not care what you think. Sometimes they care a little too much. Desperate to be liked and terrified of being left out, the boss of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch tries too hard to be friends with his employees and in doing so, loses their respect.

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

So next time you leave the office fuming at your boss, think how much worse it could be if your boss insisted on socialising with you out of hours as well.

Donald Trump, The Apprentice


Forget whether he is a good businessman or not, Donald Trump is not a man many people would like to have as a boss. Quite apart from his reputation for firing employees, he is strict, judgmental, unforgiving and impulsive.

“You’re fired!”

Your current boss may have a big ego, but just thank your lucky stars that they don’t have an ego built upon a business empire like Trumps.