How to Deal with a Difficult Boss

Some bosses are really difficult. Some are bosses from hell. How do you deal with them? How do you manage a bad boss?

Sadly there are a lot of people that are willing to endure a terrible boss simply because they need the cash at the end of the month. So how do you deal with a difficult Boss?

1. Consider if there are things you could do better
Before jumping into conclusion that your boss sucks, ask yourself if their harsh behavior toward you is a result of their poor communication skills or perhaps its your lack of efficiency that is bringing out the worst in them.

2. Keep doing your work to the best of your abilities to make yourself irreproachable.
Bosses will get on an employee’s case if they keep on making the same mistakes. To ensure that they do not hassle you, be diligent about doing your job to the best of your abilities.

Try making a list of your errors and systematically eliminating them. If you get to zero errors in your work and you are still getting pounded it is most likely not you.

3. Consider their perspective.
Remember the wise word, “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.” Consider why they might behave the way they do toward you so that you can figure a way to end the torture. Know them well so that you can manage them better.

4. Set up a time to meet with them to discuss the issues.
The best way to solve many interpersonal issues is to talk it out in a safe environment for both parties. If you see a problem with your boss, approach him/her and ask for some time to talk about the issues that you see.

5. Talk to other managers if problems persist.
If you see the problems persist despite your own behavioral change, and the boss is not looking to adapt his or her behavior, then it is time to bring it up with other management team members.

6. When it’s time to move on, do.
Not every situation is in your control. If the two of you can’t get to resolution that makes for a happy and healthy working environment, seek career development elsewhere. Life is too short to be miserable.


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