Top 10 Ways to Handle a Bad Boss

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Does going for your job make you reluctant? Or working in your office feels like hell? Or it’s both because your boss is one son of a very mean devil. The most common reason why employee leaves their job is because of their bad boss. Every person faces a situation in his life where he can’t stand his boss. Each word coming out of the boss’s mouth feels like a big ball of fire coming towards you.  If you find yourself in a situation where you find it nearly impossible to work with your boss, then it’s time to take action to improve your relationship. If you focus on keeping your cool, you may be surprised by how easy it is to handle a difficult boss after all.

10. Responding in kind

When your boss acts like a jerk or becomes abusive, your first impulse might be to do the same thing. But fight that situation no matter hard it might be. An “eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind.” That’s the oldest and the most silly quote but it’s actually true. Repaying “evil for evil” accomplishes nothing and only makes the situation worse. You have to maintain your professionalism. It will make a positive impression on those around you.


9. Be the Leader.

When dealing with a bad boss, sometimes it’s best to make some leadership decisions on your own. If you are good at something, there is no reason for you to not go ahead to your direction you think is good for the company and will achieve good results. People who take initiatives are naturally followed by their peers as an informal leader. Management will notice your initiative. Of course, you don’t want to make your boss look like a loser, but keep him/her in your plan and go ahead.


8. Keep evidence.

It’s easy for a boss to yell at you based on statements you yourself make. It’s harder if you confront the boss with detailed data. For example, Keep track of your accomplishments and of compliments you get from co-workers or managers of other departments. Record the date of these incidents. When documenting these items, try to record as well the significance of the accomplishment. So when your boss complains that you’re not answering calls promptly, share your piece of data. In doing so, you’re telling the boss that he can get all mad but the evidence favors your position.


7. Humor him.

Humor is a great way to end unfavorable situations. Rather than be upset about a past encounter, try laughing about it. You could even take it one step further. For example, when someone at work makes an unpleasant statement and your boss gets upset, you can try giving a sarcastic comment to lighten the mood. This process even creates a friendly and stress free environment. A humorous person is even loved and preferred in the organization.


6. Identify Your Boss’ Motivation.

Understand why your boss does or cares about certain things in a certain way. This can make you look through his point of view. If this doesn’t work, try to find his main motivation behind the scoldings. Maybe it’s not that he really cares about how long your lunch break takes; he actually cares about how it looks to other employees and their superiors.


5. Don’t let it affect your work.

No matter how bad your boss is, avoid letting it affect your work. You have work hard enough to get that job and just because of your miserable boss, you don’t want to spoil your terms with other leaders in the company (and most importantly-lose your job!). Don’t try to even the score by taking revenge- taking medical leaves or longer lunches or delaying your work! This will only increase your workload and give reasons to your boss to even hate you more.


4. Stay One Step Ahead.

Especially when you’re dealing with a boss, who keeps his eyes at your work 24×7. You can beat your boss by anticipating them and getting things done before they come to you.

If you reply, “I actually already left a draft of the schedule on your desk for your review,” enough times, you’ll minimize the need for his reminders. He’ll realize that you have your responsibilities on track—and that he doesn’t need to watch your every move.


3. Adapt yourself: according to their preferences.

Observe your boss’s behavior, style, preferences, moods and other activities.  Is he fast or slow to think and make decisions or to process information? How he communicates with other colleagues and peers? Does he like short messages or detail information about the topics? The more you get to know your boss’s style, the more you get along with him. Working with his preferences is an obvious way of managing your boss without his ever knowing it.


2.  Speak up.

Don’t be a coward for addressing your concerns with your boss. The truth is you have to gain courage to speak up rather than coward, having fear of an awkward conversation. At least give voice to your concerns. Maybe you can offer some possible solutions and engage in a conversation about how you both can improve the situation and come to mutual agreement. Don’t prejudge and assume they won’t give any feedback, or care how miserable you are. When you approach them with respect and with a genuine desire to make things work better, you can open the door to whole new levels of trust and friendly working environment.


1. Avoid Future Bad Bosses.

When interviewing with a new company, do your research ahead of time to make sure you’re not getting into another situation with a bigger bad boss. Have a meeting or a coffee with one of the staff member at the new company. Say to him that you want to know more about the company and its culture. However use this opportunity to discover as much about your potential boss as possible, without appearing creepy, of course.


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