Probably every single one of you reading this has had a bad experience with a bad boss. Bad bosses are everywhere. I don’t know where they come from or what makes them bad. Like bad wine, bad dogs, bad boyfriends, and bad takeout, they’re just there. However, every bad boss has a good side; even if you can’t get through to it, there are still lots of tips for dealing with an impossible boss that can make your professional life easier.
1. Don’t Be Emotional
Depending on what kind of traits the person has, there are different tips for dealing with an impossible boss. Often, however, a really bad boss possesses character traits that lead him or her to be harsh or overly critical. In those instances, the best thing you can do is keep your emotions in check. Don’t respond to that behavior emotionally, because that can lead to worse abuse. It can even become an ego thing, and you don’t want that kind of clash with your boss.
2. Plan B
When dealing with a bad boss, you’re likely to fear any kind of confrontation or discussion. That’s typical and understandable, so it’s always a good idea to have several game plans, just in case things don’t go as expected. Your Plan B may involve knowing that you’ve secured another job before talking to your boss about a touchy subject, or you may simply come into a meeting with several different possible strategies.
3. Discuss, Don’t Confront
Speaking of confrontations, don’t. You never, ever want to have a confrontation with a difficult boss. If he or she is critical of you, don’t immediately jump on the defensive. That kind of confrontation is going to lead to very bad things. It may gall you to do so, but counter criticism by asking for advice. Your boss may simply have a different way of doing things.