And at some stage in your career, chances are you’ll encounter someone who is less than ideal to work for.
Dealing with a bad boss is not about getting even, but getting savvy about how you manage it. Here are four critical tips:
Understand what’s driving their behaviour
Seek to understand what’s driving their behaviour, and whether this behaviour is consistent or out of character. There’s a difference between a boss who is a good person, but in a stressful situation and not coping very well, and a boss who thrives on power, is a narcissist and/or a bully. Once you understand what’s driving the behaviour you can then work out the best approach to take.
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For example, if they are stressed due to work pressures find out if there are ways you can help them with their workload. This is a great opportunity to build a good relationship with your boss as they will see you as a person who helps them in times of need. It can also help to talk to them about the impact their behaviour is having on you.
This is a conversation that needs to be managed thoughtfully. Be prepared for it and pick the best time to have the conversation. If they are a narcissist, then it’s important to think long-term.
Think long term benefits
If the person constantly displays poor leadership behaviour, unfortunately, you are not likely to change them. In this situation, think about the benefits you are gaining from the job (in terms of experience etc) and determine if it is worth sticking it out for a bit longer.
Reflecting on my career, there are times when I worked for people who were hard to work for, but the experience and benefit gained in the role made it worthwhile. That said, you need to set a timeframe in which to move on, as prolonged time in an unhealthy working environment isn’t good for your confidence and well-being.