How To Survive A Bad Boss

If you’re lucky, you’ve got a great boss who challenges you, encourages you, and helps you work to your potential. Less fortunate employees will find themselves stuck with a leader who is an inflexible micro-manager. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the treacherous waters of a less than ideal workplace and what to do after you leave it. 

Managing Your Bad Boss

“The better versed you are in ‘emotional intelligence’ and how to get along with others, the better positioned you’ll be to deal with tough situations like a difficult boss. Take note of how your boss works and try to adapt when it comes to work and communication style. Doing so could make your life a lot easier.” What to Do If Your Boss Is Making Your Life Miserable by Ronda Suder, Top Resume

Talking About Your Bad Boss During an Interview

“When asked about a bad employer, you should be honest, but not go overboard. Having only positive experiences with employers is not realistic, and there’s nothing wrong with talking about it in an objective, non-emotional way…avoid giving unnecessary information…turn the negative into a positive…[and] remember what you enjoyed.”  5 Ways To Talk About Your Horrible Boss In A Job Interview By Heather Huhman, Glassdoor

What if YOU are the Bad Boss?

Do your employees know the “why” behind the work they do – understanding how it impacts the bigger organizational goals? How frequently do you provide feedback, and what is the ratio of positive to negative? Is your team connected across the organization with other teams and stakeholders or are they isolated? These are just a few of the circumstances that I hear about in my workshops and coaching sessions. Check this article for additional pitfalls and recommendations to improve 11 Signs You’re a Bad Boss (& How to Fix That) by Sophia Bernazzani, Hubspot


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