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Managing a Bad Boss
Submitted by Leslie Allan on March 22nd, 2012
Have you ever had a manager that was a real pain in the neck? You know what I mean. They get in a bad mood often, keep you in the dark and try to avoid speaking with you unless it is to find fault with something you’ve done. And when you try to communicate with them, they just brush of your questions as being unimportant. I’ve had my share of bad bosses over the years. Here are some strategies that you may find helpful in dealing with the boss from hell.
Don’t take their brash behavior personally. They probably treat all of their underlings the same rude way. If so, their behavior is most likely the result of their ingrained personality or serious problems they are having to deal with in their personal life.
Bring to their attention the concrete effect that their behavior is having on your work performance. For example, if they neglected to tell you about yesterday’s project meeting, let them know that when you are not invited to project meetings you cannot rearrange your priorities to meet their deadlines. Make sure you stay unemotional, speak factually and don’t question their motives.
When they find fault with your work, ask them for the specific details. When did the event occur? With whom? How could the situation have been improved? Make clear that you can’t improve your work for next time if you don’t know the nature of the problem.
When they act reasonably and politely, compliment them. Even if the act is relatively insignificant, positive feedback such as this will encourage more of the behavior you want and expect. So, when they invite you to the next project meeting, make sure to say thank you for thinking of you.
What other strategies can you think of or that you have used successfully to turn around a bad boss? Let us hear you stories.
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