Fortunately, there are some survival strategies that may not make working for a bad boss fun exactly, but can help you keep your sanity and may even help your career. That insight comes from the personal finance site GOBankingRates, which recently brought together information from a wide variety of sources on how to survive a bad boss. You can find the full list here. These are some of the worst boss problems and best solutions:
1. Your boss is inexperienced.
This is probably the best type of problematic boss you can have because it’s the one bad boss characteristic that will automatically fix itself over time, as your boss gets to know the company, the industry, and his or her job better. Still, while you’re waiting for that to happen, working for a clueless boss can be frustrating in the extreme.
2. Your boss is relentlessly negative.
I have to admit that I’ve been guilty of this as a boss myself. In some situations it may make sense to gently point it out, as one contractor did with me (to my eternal gratitude). You can also ask your boss’s opinion of your work overall. You’ll either get a more objective assessment, or you’ll find out that your boss truly is unhappy with you, which is something you need to know.
3. What boss?
Some bosses hang back, hide in their offices, and offer little in the way of direction or guidance. This is another management sin I’ve been guilty of. In my case, a kind colleague pointed it out. But if you have an absent boss, there may be an even better strategy: Use it to your advantage.
4. Your boss is a micromanager.
At the other end of the spectrum are bosses who want to know what you’re doing every minute, and instruct you in every little aspect of your job. Believe it or not, I’ve been guilty of this too. And I can tell you that a micromanaging boss is a boss with major trust issues, operating out of a deep fear that you and everyone else will let him or her down.
5. Your boss takes credit for everything.
This is a particularly awful and frustrating sort of boss to have. Experts quoted by GOBankingRates recommend putting up with it and waiting because sooner or later others will realize that your boss isn’t doing all he or she claims.
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