How to deal with a difficult boss

Dealing with a difficult boss does not have to be so hard

At some point in our careers, we are bound to meet a difficult boss. It’s normal. Difficult bosses are everywhere in every country. They are not going to disappear anytime soon.

Since they are not going to go soon, we should at least learn how to deal with it. For the most part, it has to deal with our personalities.

There are actually several benefits when it comes to addressing a difficult boss. Some of these benefits include:

  • Work-related stress
  • Reduced chances of illnesses
  • Increased work satisfaction
  • Improved relationships and atmosphere in your workplace
  • And many more

Having said all of that, we will present some ways in how to deal with a fussy boss in this article.

1. Choose your words wisely and carefully

Choose your words wisely and carefully
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Sometimes, boss drama in the office starts with someone not being careful with their words. Though it is important to be truthful to your boss regarding difficult news, make sure that you say it tactfully and thoughtfully.

Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time will escalate the situation. You may come across as disrespectful even when you didn’t mean it. One way you can talk to your difficult boss is to ensure that the conversation is made to be result-oriented. That means instead of focusing on personalities around the office, you will be talking about how to resolve the issue at hand to achieve your end goals.

2. Empathize with your boss

Empathize with your boss
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You may not like your boss, and that’s all right. You don’t have to. However, you will have to think from an angle where your boss has a lot of things to handle. Ever heard of the saying “put yourself in someone’s shoes” before? Well, this applies in this case with a difficult boss.

Your boss may be going through a rough patch. Being in their shoes may give you a new outlook on life sometimes.

3. Don’t discuss your boss with your colleagues

Don’t discuss your boss with your colleagues
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Let’s keep this professional at the workplace. Gossip can spread like wildfire. It may not be started by you. But one of these days it can come back to you and you may regret your words.

Try to refrain from having such conversations with your colleagues. Or even better – try NEVER have to have this kind of conversation. Ever. It can save you a lot of workplace problems not just with your boss, but also with your colleagues too.

It’s easy to be a negative Nancy. Don’t be that employee.

4. Anticipate and look into your boss’s expectations

Anticipate and look into your boss’s expectations
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When working in any company, the bosses will often have expectations for their staff. Every boss is money-minded. They want to find ways to generate more income for their companies. That’s why you are hired to help them to meet their goals.

You don’t have to suck up to your boss. No one is forcing you to. But keep in mind that by the end of the day you are paid to do your job. A job is just a job. You will need the money anyway.

5. Study and observe your boss’s communication style

Study and observe your boss’s communication style
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Different bosses have different communication styles. That much is known. Your job as an employee is to observe your boss’s communication patterns. Then you should follow up by fostering an even more effective communication method in the workplace.

Be proactive. Show your boss you are worth every penny you are paid.

You don’t have to be a yes man in the company. You can speak up professionally when you don’t think your boss is right. Remember that you should be a problem-solver and not a problem-starter. Quitting a job because of a difficult boss will not solve anything. Who knows – your next company may have a difficult boss too.

Lydia is a content writer under Headliner by Newswav, a programme where content creators get to tell their unique stories through articles and at the same time monetize their content within the Newswav app.
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Author: Lydia

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