Many people deal with a hard to handle boss. With the economy in bad shape and many places not hiring, many people can’t afford to quit their job. When quitting a job is not an option, learning to deal with the situation is key.
You should understand the type of boss you’re dealing with. Once you understand the type of person or personality you’re dealing with, then you can make a plan on how to deal with them.
The Demeaning Boss is a boss that belittles by words, gestures and actions. This kind of boss cuts down your confidence. How you should handle this boss is confronting them by saying what you do well and how the boss makes you feel when they demean you. Be sure to use very specific examples and then give them time to explain themselves.
The Screamer Boss is a boss that don’t need a reason to scream but will scream anyway. How you should handle this is stand up for yourself by walking away. When you walk away, that’s a sign of saying it’s not acceptable to treat me that way. Never get in a screaming match with your boss. If things reach a level that is to much or abusive, go to higher up people in the company to deal with the situation.
The Schemer Boss is a boss that will take your ideas and exclude you from meetings. You should document the details of the situation. Then go to a higher up in the company, give them specific examples of the situation and let them deal with it.
When dealing with a difficult boss or difficult people in general, don’t react with verbal abuse. Often that will escalate the issues and make things worse.
Remember there is very little you can do to change your boss. They are who they are and you have a job to do. It’s better to figure out how best to handle the situation in a professional manner.
Lastly leave work at work. Having a bad day can easily spill over and wreck the rest of your day, if you let it. remember your family and friends are there to support you, not be the people who deserve your anger and frustration over dealing with a difficult boss.
While dealing with a hard to handle boss, keep your options open by searching for a new job. Keep your resume fresh and polished. When you see a position apply for it.
If searching for a new job is to time consuming or not what you want to do, consider starting a business. Starting a business could take more time then finding a new job, however, the pay off might be a perfect solution. You’re able to be your own boss, do what you love while making an income.