Do you have a toxic boss? Find out with this flowchart

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Most of us will know the impact having a bad boss has on our work, and how it can even impact our mental and physical health, but when things get truly toxic, the situation gets even worse. 

If you've ever wondered where the line is between bad boss and toxic leader, then a new infographic is here to help. This flowchart from can help you understand whether you're dealing with someone toxic (if you love an infographic, also see some more of the best infographics around). The flowchart asks you a number of questions about your boss to help you determine the type of boss they are. The best part? There's also some handy advice on how to deal with the different types of toxic boss. Because not all toxic bosses are created equal.  

Click to enlarge the infographic (Image credit:'s infographic also ends with some tips on what to do if your boss isn't toxic, including advice on how to maintain a healthy working relationship. 

This stuff is more important than you might think, as the results of toxicity in the workplace can even turn out to be fatal. One Stanford study found that mismanagement in the American workplace could be responsible for 120,000 deaths a year.

For more tips on staying well at work, check out our guides to how to manage your mental health in the workplace, as well as our top mindfulness apps.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.