How to Deal With A Bad Boss
Have a look at these short and sweet tips that can help you come up with a solution to deal with a bad boss.
1. It’s Time to Buckle Up
This is the time for you to become the best person you can at your job. You have to take it up a few notches so that you can start firing back by becoming the best you are at your job. You won’t have a lot of power to fight back if you are doing lousy work.
2. Look at Your Job Description
When you were hired, you should have received a job offer. This will outline your responsibilities. Go over this document and identify any issues you are neglecting.
3. Know Your Boss’s Status
Is your boss the top person in the organization, or does your boss report to someone? If your boss is the top person in the organization, then you won’t be able to talk to anyone higher up in the company.
4. Define The Problem
Take the time to write down the problems you are having with your boss. Doing so will give you a clear idea of what the actual problems are and allow you to decide if the issues warrant action to deal with the situation or if it is something you may be contributing to.
5. Look at Problems You are Causing
You must be doing something to contribute to the issue. Unless it’s a personal vendetta toward you, your boss has no reason to treat you badly. Questions might be: Are you doing your job? Are you causing your boss problems? Are you not pulling your weight? Are you making constant mistakes are you showing up for work on time?
6. Is it Just You or Everyone?
Is your boss treating only you badly, or is it, everyone? If it’s just you, you need to figure out why and try and rectify the issue.
7. Document Every Incident
It’s important to write each incident down with dates and times and detail. This will give you a log to look back on for trends, as well as important notes you can use if you need to talk to someone about the issues occurring.
8. Look at the Situation From Your Boss’s Point of View
Looking at your boss’s point of view may open your eyes to the situation.
Is your boss under a lot of stress? Is your department under-budgeted or under-performing? Are there a lot of problems that are causing your boss to become stressed?
9. Spot a Problem
Keep an eye out for a big problem your boss is having, and come up with a good solution or suggestion to improve the situation. Be sure to present the solution in private. You don’t want to do it publicly, because it may look like you are showing up your boss.
Presenting to your boss, suggestions to problems, will get your boss’s attention, because you are noticing the problem and you are thinking of solutions, as opposed to just presenting problems.
10. Become Helpful
Ask your boss how you can help. Make sure you are asking to help with issues you are capable of and you are qualified for. Choose something you know your boss is struggling with, and ask questions such as the following:
Is there anything you need help with? Are there any issues I can assist you with?
Are there any pressing problems you need assistance with that I can help with?
Is there anything I can do to make your job easier?
Would you like me to take on…?
Would You like me to take care of the…situation, to free up more of your time?
I have an idea for … that may help.
Simply stepping up to try solving problems or even relieving some of the responsibilities of your boss can go a long way.
Be careful: If you are overwhelmed with work already, you don’t want your boss to say it seems like you are bored. Maybe you don’t have enough work. Your purpose here is to be genuine and offer assistance in areas you know you can do well and contribute.
11. Ask for a Meeting
If you still have no luck, see if you can meet with your boss to voice your concerns and talk about the issues. Many times, your boss may not even be aware of the issues, and simply talking about them may go a long way.
12. Talk to HR
If nothing else works and there is an HR department, see if they can help. Be careful: You must present a strong case with documentation, and you must weigh the pros and cons if you lose your case at HR.
13. Find Another Department
If you don’t get the results you want, try to transfer to a different department if possible.
14. Find Another Job
If all else fails, it may be time to find another job. You don’t need to work in a stressful environment. It’s not worth it.
Take Your Time and Think Before You Act
The above tips are guidelines, be sure not to make decisions in the spur of the moment and weight the pros and cons of each situation. You want a resolution that works and will last.