In an ideal world, we would all have fantastic managers—bosses who helped us succeed, who made us feel valued, and who were just all-around great people. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Bad bosses contaminate the workplace. Some do so obliviously, while others manipulate their employees, using them as instruments of their own success.
To help out,we have a list here which might help you in handling your bad boss.
Make Sure You’re Dealing With a “Bad Boss”
Before trying to fix your bad boss, make sure you really are dealing with one. Is there a reason for their behavior, or are you being too hard on him or her?
Identify Your Boss’ Motivation
Understanding why your boss does or cares about certain things can give you insight into their management style.
Don’t Let it Affect Your Work
No matter how bad your boss’ behavior, avoid letting it affect your work. You want to stay on good terms with other leaders in the company (and keep your job!).
Stay One Step Ahead
Especially when you’re dealing with a micro-manager, head off your boss’ requests by anticipating them and getting things done before they come to you.
Make sure to document interactions with your boss—be it requests or criticisms—so you can refer back to them if they ever contradict themselves.
Wait it Out
Dealing with a conflict? Make sure to give it some time before reacting.
Act as the Leader
When dealing with an incompetent boss, sometimes it’s best to make some leadership decisions on your own.
If your boss has anger management problems, identify what triggers their meltdowns and be extra militant about avoiding those.
Use Tips from Couples’ Therapy
When dealing with disagreement, pull on some tenants from couple’s therapy to work through the issue.
Avoid Future Bad Bosses
When interviewing with a new company, do your research ahead of time to make sure you’re not getting into another situation with a less-than-ideal manager.