We’ve all experienced the not-so-good boss at some point and time. The folks over at www.entrepreneur.com refer to them as “bossholes”.
But as common as they are, lots of people have a hard time dealing with them for the sheer fact that a bad boss can turn a perfectly decent job into a nightmare for his employees. But you don’t have to quit your job if you have a bad boss. You just need to learn how to deal with him/her…
The Incompetent Boss. Sometimes a “bad boss” isn’t necessarily mean or rude, he just may not be involved with the job as much as he should. When you have a boss like this. You can: A) Ask for his assistance to get him more active. Don’t do this excessively because it can begin to make you look less capable. But nicely asking him for help or advice is an easy way to get him involved. B) Team up with your co-workers. You and your co-workers can help and support one another you are all working for the same company, so you are a team. Borrow knowledge from each other. If you work as a team, the job can get done.
The Cranky Boss. In this instance, your boss may be a little moody from a situation going on in his personal life, but before you jump down his throat, try to be considerate of his situation. A) First, try being friendly to him. Maybe they need someone to brighten their mood. They may not light up with the first “good morning”, but a day’s worth of friendliness may make work a better place for them–which makes a better place for you in the long run. B) Give them space. Only bother the cranky boss when you absolutely have to. Other than that, leave them alone and get help from other co-workers.
The Slave Driver Boss. With this boss, you can never do enough. He may be a workaholic and expects his employees to be the same way. What you have to do is teach this boss to have patience with you. A) Reassure him that you are working. Say things like, “Okay I’m on it” or “I’m doing it right now” or “I’ll get it when I’m done with this”. B) If it gets a little unbearable, look them in the eye and and say, “I’m doing the best I can.” This shows them that you’re human and you are working hard, you just need him to back off a little.
The Power Abuser Boss. This boss knows that they are a bad boss and they do it on purpose. In order to deal with this boss, you may need to go to higher management, such as a district manager. Going head to head with this boss may not work. However, you can give them a fair warning about your efforts to contact higher management. You can let them know that if things don’t change, you will have no choice but to go to higher authorities.
It is completely possible to deal with these bosses, but if things get too ugly at work, you can begin looking for a better place to work. However, I hope most of you will find that these tips changed how you feel about work and your boss. Hopefully your boss will go from “bad boss” to “not-so-bad-after all boss”. Good luck!