Work can be stressful at the best of times. What can compound the stress is when you work for someone who is aggressive, over-demanding or in some cases incompetent. If you feel that this describes who you work for here are some tips that can help!
Gauge the situation
Nobody is perfect- one day people can snap or take out their bad day on someone else. A bad boss will be one who repeats these patterns of behaviour on a regular basis.
In some cases it may be you just need to give them a bit of a breather and this will make it easier to discuss issues later on.
Find out why
In some cases there may be a reason behind their behaviour- for example a boss setting unreasonable targets may be doing so because they have been pressurised by their own superiors. This doesn’t excuse bad behaviour but may allow for a more reasonable discussion.
Don’t act up
The temptation when dealing with a bad boss is to say “forget it”- taking longer with work, longer breaks etc. While this is understandable this is more likely to make life more difficult for you and result in poorer relationships with other workers, future bosses and in some extreme cases disciplinary action.
Try to think ahead
Some bosses will often micro-manage and ask you to do any number of tasks or paperwork. If you can try to get these done ahead of time as much as possible as this will minimise the need for these tasks later on. Using your own initiative will also reflect well on you (but remember to keep the boss in the loop as this could be another potential trigger!)
Write it down
If a boss is over demanding or has a tendency to contradict themselves then it is worth having a paper trail- that way if they try to use anything against you then you have written proof of what they asked you to do and when.
Also reflecting back and saying “Is this what you meant?” will stop them from over-reacting as they will have to take time to explain what they want.
Learn from your mistakes
Coming out of a job with a bad boss can be stressful. What you need to make sure is that you do not go into another job and find another situation like that happening in a different environment- while it is important to have a job it is worth avoiding needless stress!
The best thing to do is research the company- look for reviews, social media posts from employees/former employees or if you know any of them take them out for a drink and talk to them directly as this will allow you to gauge whether or not you want to take on the job.
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