Have A Boss From Hell? Don’t Quit. Here´s How To Deal
Everyone has had a boss from hell.
There are ways to deal with any boss when you disagree with their managerial methods. “The key is for employees to try to see what the boss sees from the boss’s eyes/perspective. What does the boss really love about their job? Try to help them with the tasks they don’t enjoy. What annoys the boss about managing people? Then, don’t do it. What do they value most? Do it,” says workplace expert Nancy Stampahar, owner of Silver Lining Solutions. “If the boss is arrogant and takes credit for [your] work, don’t take it personally! Play the game by telling him things like how you couldn’t have done it without him. Be certain to document all of your work in the event you need to prove your contributions.”
And try to get to know you boss better without getting “too buddy-buddy,” Stampahar suggests.
Fast Company magazine just compiled a few tips on how to handle horrible bosses. According to the article there are three types of bad bosses:
The micromanager: “A micromanager plays an overly large role in the projects of his or her subordinates. Instead of letting them use their own judgment, the boss makes every decision or dictates every step to take…,” explains Fast Company. “If you think your boss is a micromanager, first make sure that he or she isn’t merely responding to your own poor performance… In that event, try to regain your boss’s confidence through a small project.” But if you boss micromanages everyone, it is a good idea to discuss this problem with your boss. Your boss may not even realize they are micromanaging and not allowing you to do your work. “Many micromanagers have an underlying fear that something will go wrong if anyone is given managerial discretion. You can address this fear by frequently sharing information throughout the course of a project,” advises the article.
The neglecter: Then there is the opposite of the micromanager. A boss you doesn’t get involved at all — gives no feedback, opinion on decisions or projects. It’s like they’re not there. This leaves employees always guessing as to what the boss wants or needs. “To fix this problem, you’ll have to be very assertive to get your boss’s attention. If you receive an assignment with unclear goals, ask for clarification right then and there,” suggests Fast Company.
The yeller: Other bosses think the way to manage is through abuse. They yell, threaten and belittle. They want to instill fear in the team. Detach yourself, states the magazine. “The boss’s unacceptable behavior has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with his or her own problems, which you can’t fix,” writes. Try and understand what trigger this behavior and avoid these triggers. If you can’t deal, it may be time to look for another job.