So, you’ve found the career you love and you enjoy your job, but there is one problem: your boss is the worst. Unfortunately, this scenario is common for many workers and it can be a challenge to stay motivated when you don’t feel you get the adequate support and respect you need from your manager.
But rather than letting the situation get you down and affect you personally and professionally, there are steps you can take to help address the issue effectively. Here are four strategies you can use when dealing with a bad boss:
Understand Your Manager’s Trigger Points
Regardless of how much a boss may seem like they don’t care, it’s important to give them the benefit of the doubt. Most poor managers aren’t bad people, they’re just bad at their job. Try to figure out what motivates them and what sets them off. People do not inherently deal well with stress and managers can sometimes project a negative attitude when dealing with anxiety. Many times, if you can understand their trigger points, and consider your timing and approach when dealing with complicated issues, it will be easier to stay in your manager’s good books.
Avoid Gossiping About the Issue
While sharing your problems with coworkers can help you cope with the situation, engaging in toxic conversations about your manager can make matters worse. Personal opinions about staff members can sometimes compound issues in the workplace. If your boss finds out you’re talking about them behind their back to other employees, it can lead to hurt feelings and even more tension. Added tension can lead to lost respect between both the manager and employee, making it difficult for either to maintain professionalism.
Start Discussions and Make Requests
The first instinct for most individuals when dealing with a bad boss is to stay away. However, improving communication is vital to addressing tension with your manager and working through issues. It’s important to remember, though, that not all employers welcome feedback from their employees. Many times, it’s better to start discussions which will help you and your manager be on the “same page.” By making requests, not demands, on better ways to communicate expectations from one another, you’ll be able to do your job better in their eyes while getting the respect you deserve.
Always Take the High Road
Unfortunately, bad habits die hard, and some bad managers may take a long time to adjust their poor management tactics – if at all. In these disappointing cases, never let it affect your professional development. Sometimes taking the high road can pay off in the long run as opportunities for advancement arise that can separate you from the conflict. If you’re not able to settle your differences, and decide that leaving the organization is in your best interest, never let bad attitudes lead you to burning bridges.
Working with a bad boss can be a stressful experience, but not one that you can’t get through successfully. By following these four strategies you can reduce workplace tension that builds over time while not letting a temporary situation affect your professional development.