The Top 10 Examples of Toxic Boss Orders That Leave Employees Confused and Demotivated

Cristianto Rian Tarra
3 min readMar 21, 2023
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As an employee, receiving unclear and confusing orders from a boss can be frustrating and demotivating. It not only leads to confusion but also affects the overall productivity of the team. In fact, according to a study by Gallup, managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement levels. This highlights the importance of effective communication and leadership in the workplace.

Here are 10 examples of orders from toxic bosses that can leave employees feeling confused and demotivated:

  1. “Just get it done” — This type of order lacks direction and leaves employees feeling unsure about how to proceed. Instead, bosses should provide clear instructions on how to complete the task at hand.
  2. “I don’t care how you do it, just do it” — This type of order can lead to employees taking shortcuts or cutting corners in order to complete the task quickly. Bosses should provide guidance on how to complete the task in a manner that aligns with company values and standards.
  3. “Figure it out on your own” — This type of order can leave employees feeling unsupported and unsure of how to proceed. Bosses should be available to answer questions and provide guidance when needed.
  4. “Do it my way or hit the



Cristianto Rian Tarra

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