In an ideal world, we would all have great managers – bosses who help us succeed, make us feel valued, and are excellent people in all aspects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, absolutely EVERYONE will face a nightmare boss at some point, and it is important to know how to deal with that big problem.
Whether the person you work for is a micromanager, has anger management issues, shows favoritism towards a person, is an outright bully in the workplace, or just not very competent, you should still make the most of the situation and do your job in the best possible way.
It’s not easy to work with a good boss, but there are ways to make the problem more tolerable, or get it fixed as quickly as possible.
Identify that he is a ‘bad boss’
Before trying to ‘fix’ your boss, make sure it’s a bad one. There are reasons behind their behavior or are you being too hard on him?
Observe your boss for a few weeks and see exactly why he is behaving in such a way. When you are doing something ‘bad’, imagine the worst scenario that could justify it. Is it your fault or is it something that is out of your control?
Find your reason
The more you understand what your boss is doing and, more importantly, why, the better positioned you will be to get results, manage expectations, and avoid bad situations. Try to put yourself in their place and see the world and your workplace in your shoes.
What do you care? What do they expect from him? What scares you? How much do you care what other people say? How do you measure success and failure? Understand it, as difficult as it may be, it will give you relief.
Support their success and work on their weaknesses
While it sounds counterproductive to support a bad boss to be more successful, you gain absolutely nothing by making him look bad or facilitate their failure. And, if it’s as bad as you think, it probably doesn’t need anyone’s help to dig its own grave. Exposing their incompetence will only compound your own misery and may even damage your reputation.
Work on your weaknesses; If you notice that your boss is disorganized, help him get organized. If you find yourself forgetting things, document your interactions so that you are aware of important matters. Make yourself indispensable to your boss It can be your greatest strength.
By helping your boss to be successful, you will have a solid foundation to achieve better results on your own. It may not be an immediate payoff, but in the long run, it’s hard to lose if you help others find their place.
That is not an excuse
Never let your boss’s attitude become your excuse. It’s easy to stop working, or start to lose interest in things like that, but don’t let it. Complain to your partner or your friends all you want, but at work do your best. You never know who is watching or listening, but rest assured that the people who can open or close future opportunities for you are doing so.
Speak up, give your boss a chance
Have the courage to speak up instead of cowering in silence for fear of having an awkward conversation. You owe it to yourself and your boss vent your worries, offer possible solutions and give you an opportunity to improve your situation. Things may not change, but at least you will know that you tried.
It may be easier to say nothing and just ‘suffer in silence’ Either complain loudly to colleagues or head for the exit, but all fears have to be faced eventually.
Observe their behavior, their actions and their preferences. Just like Andy did in “The Diary Wears Fashion,” pay attention to his decisions and the way he communicates, and adapt to what it does.
Working to their preferences is an obvious way to manage your boss without him knowing it, and it’s a key leadership skill that you should develop regardless of the type of boss you work for.
Don’t be intimidated
People who bully draw their power from those who respond with cowardice and show fear. If your boss is a loudmouth, a critic, or a judge, stick with it. If you’re doing the best job you can do, keep your head up and don’t give him the satisfaction to treat you that way.
Ask questions, seek understanding, and work hard to defuse the situation instead of answering with anger or cowardice.
Have you ever had a bad boss?