How To Handle A Bad Boss

handle a bad boss

Mondays are hard enough already. You have to prepare for a hectic week of deadlines, meetings and conference calls. Adding a horrible boss to the mix makes each task a little more tedious and the whole week more dreadful. When it comes to having a supervisor who is less than ideal, you have to be creative and think of ways to create a better situation, or at the very least learn from the experience.  

Put Yourself In Their Shoes

What motivates your boss? What do they care about? These are the questions you have to ask yourself when dealing with a difficult boss. While you may not agree with their reasoning or methods of approaching situations, the more you know about your boss’ expectations, the better prepared you will be to handle tough situations. If you can anticipate your boss’ wants or needs, you will definitely mitigate a potential argument.

Find Allies In The Office

If your boss’ behavior is keeping you from getting your work done, it’s essential to find peers in the office who can help you accomplish your tasks. Take inventory of your office, and if you find someone who can help you, take them to coffee and tell them about your goals for you position and needs. The most important piece of this is to never speak negatively about your boss to anyone in your office. Not only is it unprofessional, it speaks poorly of you and could spread around the office. Keep the conversation positive and get your work done with the help of others.

Speak Up For Yourself

If your boss is doing something you don’t like and you haven’t said anything, you're playing a part in this situation as well. Just like any employee, bosses need feedback to improve and help you succeed. If you’re going to speak to your boss about a potentially sensitive topic, make sure you point out strengths and accomplishments first. You can also form your complaint as a question. Instead of saying “I hate that you make me work Saturdays, and you need to fix it,” you can say, “Is there a way we can accomplish all work-related tasks during the week?” or “What are your expectations of me on the weekend?” These questions give your boss an opportunity to explain rather than become defensive.