The Biggest Workplace Nightmare For Many Canadians

Do you know which workplace nightmare will scare 42% of Canadians out of their job?

The Biggest Workplace Nightmare For Many Canadians


Halloween is an excellent time for a monster movie marathon, but for many Canadians, the horror persists long after October 31st, in the form of nightmarish bosses. A recent survey conducted by Leger on behalf of Monster Canada found that nearly half (42 percent) of Canadians have left their job because of their boss. 

People seek new roles for a variety of reasons, but quite often people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their bosses. These poll findings indicate that this isn’t an isolated phenomenon – a significant amount of Canadians have pursued a new position as a direct result of a bad boss. 

When every day is Friday the 13th

The survey found that it’s not just one type of monstrous manager wreaking havoc on Canadian workers. Canadians have experienced a range of spooky bosses, including:

  • Jack Torrance from The Shining: This overbearing micro-manager is always hovering and asking for status updates – 31 percent
  • Gas Station Zombie #3: This incompetent buffoon is clueless, ineffective and unable to make a strategic decision – 27 percent
  • Jekyll and Hyde: This boss says one thing and means the other, then get angry when staff can’t read minds – 27 percent
  • Phantom of the Opera: This glory hog takes credit for anything and everything – 23 percent
  • Cruella de Vil: This abusive tyrant is always yelling. Nothing is ever good enough for this tyrant – 22 percent
  • Werewolf: This boss is likely to throw you or your team under the bus at the first sign of trouble, and nothing is ever the Werewolf’s fault – 21 percent
  • The Invisible Man: This missing-in-action executive rarely answers emails or shows up at the office – 14 percent
  • Dracula: This 24/7 stickler expects you to be available and responsive at all times, even on your vacation – 13 percent
  • Beetlejuice: This offensive creep is the very definition of disgusting, from making crude jokes to chewing with an open mouth– 9 percent
  • Freddy Krueger: This inappropriate boss doesn’t know how to follow the ‘no touching’ rule – 4 percent


The daily experience in any workplace can vary significantly from person to person – all it takes is one negative working relationship with a boss to make work unbearable. Even more pronounced for those who might already feel unappreciated or frustrated in their current role. Bad bosses are also a source of tension for the entire workplace, impacting productivity and morale. 

The creature in the black suit

While Canadians have experienced a range of foul bosses, there are some types they find especially frightening. When asked what the top two scariest managers were, more than half (54 percent) of Canadians indicated that the tyrannical “Cruella de Vil” boss was the most frightening, followed by the unpredictable “Jekyll and Hyde” manager, at 36 percent. Rounding out the top three scariest bosses was the blame-oriented “Werewolf,” with more than one-third (35 percent) expressing fear for this type of leader. 

Millennials are more likely to find the creepy “Beetlejuice” boss to be one of the top two scariest (35 percent, compared to 25 percent overall). Besides, Quebecers get more spooked by demanding “Dracula,” with 25 percent finding that boss to be one of the top two most frightening, compared to 18 percent overall. 

Avoid a nightmare on Bay Street

A demanding boss can sour a work experience; it can impact employee satisfaction significantly. People shouldn’t have to settle for a negative work culture, and the ideal job should include a positive and productive relationship with your superior. If it doesn’t, you should find a better one. 

To help Canadians find the workplace that’s right for them, Monster Canada has prepared the following list of steps to consider:

  • Do your research. If you’re thinking of accepting a new job, be sure to do your research. Consult several resources and learn as much as you can about your potential new company.
  • Work your network. Before putting pen to paper and signing a new contract, determine if you have any connections in common with your new team. See if you can speak with someone with insider knowledge about the company and your new boss to learn more about how your day-to-day life will look.
  • Ask pointed questions in interviews. The job interview is a great time to ask direct questions. Consider asking about details such as the turnover rate or how long the position has been open. Watch out for evasive, vague or inconsistent answers. 
  • Don’t settle. If your job is not living up to expectations, remember that you don’t have to remain there forever. Consult a career resource, such as Monster, to see what else is out there for you.

Are you ready to find shelter from the horror and move on to a better opportunity? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top positions with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to cut down on time spent looking through ads. Those are two quick and easy ways Monster can help you escape your demonic boss and get on the path to happiness and success.