You Can Work Well With an Unreasonable Boss – But Here’s the Trick
Actually, tricks would be more accurate for a boss that is that unreasonable. Following are some tips that will be very helpful to you in your daily communications with that unreasonable boss.
Most of us have had to deal with a problematic boss at one time or another in our work life. It can be tremendously annoying, and frustrating, for any employee who is just trying to do their job properly to have to deal with such a superior at work. Such a person can make work virtually unbearable.
The daily tipping point is usually when the employee has to personally interact with that overbearing and unreasonable boss. And it is especially worse, when the discussion involves a sensitive subject.
There are some tips, or tricks, that will probably work if you act accordingly:
1) Whatever you do, do not get cocky. This could be difficult, but very important not to do. Do not let your confidence, which is basically a good thing, overflow into a cocky attitude. That could just ignite an outburst from him or her.
2) Conversely, if you appear to be easily submissive or meek, you’re setting yourself up to be bullied. Concerning this, and #1 above, act confident and competent just enough. That should do it.
3) Be polite. That goes without saying, regardless of your voice and personality. Just be polite, show respect, but without much more. The last thing you want to give that unreasonable boss of yours is ammunition to use against you.
4) This is very important to remember when in a conversation with a particularly difficult boss. That is, the way that you raise your statements, the points that you raise. If you are discussing a particularly sensitive subject, such as relations between management and employees, try best to get your thoughts across without politicizing the subject or making a snide remarks. Again, you would be asking for trouble.
Bluntness would probably not be appreciated. That could be a problem with close friends even; with that unreasonable boss, that is obviously just another way to unintentionally set him off. You must be very patient, as unreasonable as that is to you. Remember, you’re not dealing with a reasonable human being; and, unfortunately, they are your boss.
5) there are limits, even when dealing with a very unreasonable boss concerning your self respect. He or she is not the boss of your entire life; hopefully for no more than eight hours a day, five days a week. By showing you have a strong backbone, without getting in their face, but rather remaining so-called calm, cool, and collected, you probably do just fine, and leave that day in a relatively good state of mind.
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