You love everything about your job, well apart from your boss. Every morning you wake up with zeal and energy to give your best, but when your boss’s face creeps into your brain the energy leaks out of you like a balloon that has been pricked.
The reason why the thought of spending another day with your boss makes your bed seem more attractive each morning could be attributed to several reasons. For instance, his anger tantrums and mood swings, his obsession with micromanaging, he plays favorites, or he takes all the credit for your efforts.
The 6 tips below will provide guidance on how to survive and better yet, perform under a bad boss.
Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Know your limits. Working under a boss that brings out negative emotions in you can ultimately affect your general outlook towards life. A prior understanding of your qualities and emotions will help you be in control of the situation and your emotions on your worst day under your boss’s leadership. This understanding will also help you determine whether or not you can manage your boss on his or her worst day. Work to also understand your boss’s weaknesses and seek to assist him shine. Everyone in the office probably knows your boss’s weaknesses too. You choosing to work around their weaknesses puts you in a better light with the company’s directors or managers.
Make an Objective Assessment of the Situation
Before making a conclusion that your boss is difficult or bad, you need to make an objective assessment of the whole situation. Are you meeting the set performance agreement? Do you meet departmental deliverables? Are your tasks completed on time and done satisfactorily? If you cannot answer these questions in the affirmative, your boss has some level of entitlement in being angry and probably openly expressing it.
Discover the Triggers
Most likely, your boss does not step out of the elevator livid and breathing fire. He or she sees something or hears something that rubs them in the wrong way. Learn the triggers that make your boss angry and work to avoid them. If you being a minute late ruinshis day, by all means be at your desk five minutes before time. If late delivery of reports makes his or her irked, by all means sacrifice an extra hour in the evening to complete the report in time. If you can take care of the triggers that, you might realize that you might reach a level of unspoken agreement in your dealings with your boss.
Once you take care of triggers and you still feel hostility from your boss, you could try pointing out to them, in a professional manner, the areas that are affecting you. Become hungry for feedback. Let your boss understand that you desire to know what you are doing wrong and that you are willing to put in effort to attain the required results. This will melt whatever ice that existed between you two and improve the relationship.
Resist All Kind of Bullying
In as much as it is your desire to improve the relationship between you and your boss, it doesn’t mean that you be pushed around in any way. Where you realize that boundaries are being crossed or you are being asked to perform tasks outside your normal jurisdiction, resist politely. Speak up where you feel you are being treated unfairly and involve the human resource department where necessary.
Do not Make Desperate Moves
When you have taken all steps to improve your working relationship with your boss and there has been no positive outcome, you may decide to change jobs. However, you need to be cautious and ensure that you are not blinded by emotion. Choose your next company carefully after deciding what aspects of a workplace are important to you. Conduct your homework well on your prospective employer. The worst thing about changing jobs is moving to a situation similar or worse than what you are running away from.