Posted on by Jessica Peaty

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the biggest “askhole” of them all?

The definition of an “askhole” boss is what it says on the label. Someone in high authority who continuously asks for feedback or the opinion of their employees before going ahead to do whatever they were going to do in the first place.

So what signs do you need to look for to nip this mild misdemeanour in the bud before it’s too late. The symptoms are all too common, so common in fact that some would even deny them being an issue. Below are the key attributes of an askhole, if any of these sound like you, it might be time for a change.

1. “If you want something doing right the first time, you might as well do it yourself”

If this is something that leaves your lips on a regular basis, whether it be muttered under your breath or projected across the office walls you are most probably an askhole!
As a leader in your company, employees seek to find expertise and experience in those above them. However this means that need feedback and support to grow and learn from their mistakes. I’m not implying you give yourself repetitive strain injury from watching the same person make the same errors over and over again, but taking time to show rather than tell can go a long way.


The practicality of spoon feeding every member of staff under your belt is zero to none, but everyone has their own unique angle when it comes to completing tasks. Instead of labeling them wrong, use their method as foundations to build the most efficient and profitable method possible.

2. Positive vibe killers

On average employees spend around 70% of the days in a year in work. They know the place better than anyone does!
If your employees are bringing up the same issues again and again they can begin to feel trapped in a cyclical revolution of complaints.
Negativity is contagious, and it can have a detrimental effect on the workplace. Not only does a negative environment cause employees to be unhappy with their jobs, but it makes them less productive and more prone to making mistakes As a business owner or manager, this is not a good situation to be in. Mistakes equal money!


So not only should you listen to what people have to say, act upon it. If your employees have the confidence to speak out, that should be admired and encouraged. Ultimately they are saving you money by keeping the happy vibes.

3. The rebellious rolling eyes

The incapability to hide the “are you done yet” face makes the number one contender for the title of the ultimate askhole!

One thing employees appreciate is precious to an employer is their time. So if you they ask you for a minute or two it’s for a reason, they feel like it will add value to the business or they require your advice. Lack of nurture within companies is the largest contributor to a high turnover rate.
It is natural for people to want to feel valued and important in their workplace. With technology and business changing at such a rapid pace these days, many people are concerned they will get left behind.


By keeping yourself and your employees as well-trained and up-to-date as possible, you can help boost morale and confidence in staff members. Give them your time and it can almost be guaranteed they will return the favour.

Genuine leadership is about having the ability to inspire or influence others towards the leader’s goal. To do that you have to nurture your employees along the way. Stay clear of the above and it can be almost guaranteed that you will build a healthy relationship amongst your employees and avoid being branded the office askhole!

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