Tips to handle bad boss at work

Bad bosses, as evidenced by the 2011 American black comedy film ‘Horrible Bosses’, do exist and they usually have this power to suck the productivity right out of you. 

Are you working for a difficult boss? If so, we sympathies and hope that this blog helps you in handling the situation.bad boss at work 

Having to daily deal with a difficult boss can be frustrating, stressful and downright unhealthy for one’s mental health. While some bosses have no problem screaming at an employee in front of others, there are even some who’ll take credit for all your hard work. And then there are those who fall in the category of bad bosses not because they are rude or mean, but because they simply don’t know much about management. 

A Danish study showed that most “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” 

Signs to look out for to identify bad bosses:

  • They take credit for the accomplishments and successes of their employees.
  • They possess a holier-than-thou attitude.
  • They speak to their employees rudely and the conversation is usually one-sided. 
  • They are always right as they will never admit to their mistakes. 
  • They tend to use disciplinary measures inappropriately.
  • They never appreciate or acknowledge the hard work of their employees.
  • They try to micromanage you.
  • They have no empathy when it comes to emergency situations. 
  • They overwork you to the point that you literally fall ill. 

Now, the best way to avoid working for such bosses is to try to look out for the above-mentioned signs during your interview before taking the job. 

But, if you’ve missed your chance on doing your recon and are now working for a bad boss, this blog is for you to handle the situation appropriately.

How to deal with difficult bosses

Understand the ‘Why’

People don’t always know that they are rude or mean. Try to pinpoint the root cause of why your boss is the way he/she is. Understanding their personality will help you in making a decision on whether or not you should continue to work for someone who is horrible to both his/her family members as well as employees or someone who is only rude and terrible to employees. It’s best not to work for those holier-than-thou attitudes. 

Do the work right

As long as you complete every task flawlessly and on time, why would your boss shout at you? Well, there are some bosses who give out unrealistic tasks to their employees. They’d give them deadlines that are impossible to meet unless you do not sleep at all. Well, if you have done your work right and your boss still is unhappy with you, you can at least breathe easy knowing that the problem is with them and not you. Make sure that you only take on projects with realistic deadlines. 

Maintain a notebook with detailed notes

If possible, try to jot down the important things you have discussed with your boss, so that in the future, when he/she tries to accuse you of something you did or didn’t do, you’d have your proof. For instance, if he/she tries to blame you for something you are unaware of, like Michael Scott tried to put the blame on Dwight Schrute during the ‘Golden Ticket’ fiasco, you will be able to prove that you weren’t involved in the matter. Even when push comes to shove and have to file a complaint, you will have a detailed record to help strengthen your case. 

Focus on you and your career

You cannot allow yourself to work for a bad boss for the rest of your career. It will eventually hamper your professional career as well as your mental and physical well-being. You need to be able to say “No” when it gets too much. You need to be able to stand up for yourself in order to maintain a healthy work-life-balance. If your boss still doesn’t accept it when you say “No”, it’s probably high time for a job change. 

Talk to them

Sometimes the best way to handle conflicts is to talk it out, with patience, understanding and professionally. Try to catch your boss when he/she is in a good mood. Address your situation and talk it out. Tell him/her that motivation increases your productivity rather than being shouted at. If he/she still doesn’t treat you right, well, you know where the door is. Be willing to walk away. You need to know and value your own worth. 

Well, we hope the above mentioned tips, which we believe are quite practical and effective, help you in dealing with your bad boss. 

Remember, those who don’t respect the staff are not good people.