Your boss has a huge influence on your work life, so having a bad one can present significant challenges. Unfortunately, this is your current situation, so you’re trying to find positive ways to handle them.
If things get too bad, you’ll likely quit, but you’re hoping it doesn’t come to that. Here are a few tips to help you properly deal with a bad boss.
Ask For What You Need
When you’re having issues with someone, it’s typically best to talk to the person. However, this approach probably won’t get you too far with a difficult boss. In this case, it’s likely best to just focus on getting the job done, instead of wasting time trying to explain the negative impact their behavior has on you.
Make your interactions strictly business by focusing solely on what you need — i.e., time, manpower, software — to do your job. Provide a thorough explanation with your request, because you know they’re going to ask for one.
Figure Out What Motivates Them
No doubt, your boss’s behavior is not good. However, there’s a reason for it. Try to understand what they care about, so you can give them what they need. For example, if your manager has no flexibility when it comes to deadlines, it might stem from rigid timelines set by their own boss.
If you’re able to think like your boss, you can tailor your behavior to please them. This will help make your daily life much more pleasant.
Communicate on Their Level
Like anyone else, your boss has a preferred communication style. Carefully observe to learn as much about it as possible, so you can adapt to them. For example, they might prefer in-person conversations to email or want decisions made quickly instead of taking time to carefully weigh their options.
The ability to communicate like your boss is huge, because they probably become frustrated by those who don’t. This should ease some of the tension of working with them because they’ll feel like they can relate to you.
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