News around The Bonding Bus

Tips to Managing A Boss You Don’t Like

Most people in the corporate world can relate to the struggle of having an anxious and demanding boss. They’re moody, always asking you to do more, and seemingly unappreciative when the work is finally done. At this point, it’s easy to just give up on having any kind of relationship with your boss. We’d rather get by, get paid, and get out. Yet, the fact of the matter is that choosing to do this, closes many doors for you and your career.

First of all, if you do hope to switch jobs one day, there may come a time when you need a letter of recommendation. Having a non-existent relationship with your current boss will take away any opportunity for this.

Secondly, in general, people are more productive, less stressed and altogether happier when there is less conflict in their lives. Therefore, giving up on a relationship with your boss will only impact your work, and overall state of being, negatively. Tips for Managing a Boss You Don't Like

Third, you lose the ability to effectively communicate with your boss on important matters (and there will come a time when you need to do this). This will only subtract from your work and create more stress. So, what’s the point? Wouldn’t it be easier to have the ability to really talk with your boss about details and deadlines that work for both of you?

Lastly, you end up contributing to overall workplace unhappiness. This happens much too often. Ultimately, Employees give up on not only a relationship with their boss, but a relationship with each other too!

That being said, here are four tips for managing a relationship with a boss you don’t like:

  1. Try understanding what your boss actually goes through, on a daily basis. Tips to Managing A Boss You Don't Like
  • Ask yourself, what is my boss seemingly the most stressed about today? Then, take your answer and think about what you can do to help your boss relieve some of that stress. This may mean arriving five minutes early to your first meeting, prioritizing a certain task as first on your to-do list, clearly communicating with your boss about where your at on a certain project with an upcoming deadline, or simply smiling smiling as you pass him/her in the hallway! Whatever the call to action may be, this is a great way to start a positive relationship with a boss you don’t like.
  1. Communicate effectively.
  • If you feel that your boss is holding you to unrealistic standards, speak up! Remember that your boss can’t read your mind. Therefore, whether it be deadlines made too soon, tasks you simply don’t know how to accomplish, or issues with other employees, communicating with your boss is the professional thing to do.
  1. Keep calm and hold your ground.
  • If your boss endlessly discredits your hard work, and expresses it unprofessionally, keep calm and hold your ground. Take a breath, and simply say, “I worked hard to produce the best results I could. What would you have liked to be different, and how can I work on doing that next time?” Typically, responding in a calm and collected manner will allow your boss to realize the unprofessionalism in their tone. Furthermore, not only are you expressing respect for yourself, but you’re expressing respect for your boss and their opinion as well!
  1. Remind yourself that you’re doing your best. Tips for Managing A Boss You Don't Like
  • Despite all the chaos happening at your workplace, remember to remind yourself that you’re doing your best. It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s opinions of our work, especially the opinion of your boss. Yet, remember that everyone has a different perspective and it may simply just be that your bosses is different from yours! It doesn’t necessarily mean your work isn’t good, especially if you’re trying your best

More great content based on your likes.

Leadership Do’s and Don’ts

To some extent, one’s capacity to be a good leader is innate. However, learning to lead more effectively is something anyone can do. While leading a company, team, or merely one employee can be extremely exciting, during times of stress it’s easy to let negative emotions get to you. During these times, it’s important to […]

Read More  

Nine Ways to be Continuously Successful at your Workplace

It’s not uncommon for people who’ve been working at one job for a long time to feel “stuck” in terms of success. Many people in this position feel as though they have no room for growth. In-turn, they get stuck in an agonizing process of merely “going through the motions” every single day. Yet, the […]

Read More  

6 Tips to be Healthier at Work

We’ve all heard horror stories involving the various struggles working professionals face with maintaining their health. These stories often involve things like weight gain, depression, back pain, carpal tunnel, and so on. Yet, what often causes these health issues is ignorance to the common workplace activities that can largely decrease one’s health. These activities include […]

Read More  

How To: Make Employees Want to Stay at Your Company Forever

Hiring employees is only the beginning of creating a strong work place. In order to build on this strength, every company must learn how to retain employees. If you are constantly focused on employee turnover, you ultimately end up devoting less and less time to the more important aspects of your business. Moreover, the longer […]

Read More