What to do when you have a bad bossHaving a good boss can make a bad job good, while having a bad boss can make a good job bad.
Your boss can make or break your experience at work. Having a good boss can make a bad job good, while having a bad boss can make a good job bad. Dealing with a bad boss can feel like an uphill battle.
However, there are steps you can take to help you improve your situation.
Identify the good and the bad
There are many kinds of bad bosses – micromanagers, those with tempers, those who display favoritism, those who don’t communicate and more. Identify the problems you have with his or her management. This exercise will help you point out what it is you don’t like about working with your manager and how you can approach it. But while you’re at it, also identify what you like about working with your manager and what he or she does well. Knowing their strengths as manager will also show you where you can win with them.
Put yourself in your manager’s shoes
Try to take an objective look at the rationale behind the behaviors you don’t appreciate. Is your boss behaving in this way because of the circumstances? How would you handle a situation differently if you were in his or her shoes? Oftentimes bosses behave poorly because they’re in difficult situations – managing people is not easy. Understanding that it isn’t personal can help alleviate some of the pressure you feel.
Communication is key in solving conflict. You can only control your own behavior, so focus on improving your communication skills. Use active listening – repeat what they’ve said and ask if you’ve understood correctly – to minimize misunderstandings.
Don’t let it impact your work
Dealing with a bad boss can make morale suffer. But whatever you do, don’t try to get back at your boss by lowering your performance at work. Instead, try to stay one step ahead of your boss’s requests to make your life easier.
Look for a new job