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10 October 2018
How to manage a bad boss

Not everyone can say honestly that they like their boss – we question those that say they do. But the real question is, how do you deal with a bad manager? We aren’t talking about the big bad wolf who is giving you lots of work to do, which you think isn’t fair; we are talking about those people who can’t and shouldn’t be managing a team of people, let alone a business.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, there are many bad bosses out there. Some get born into the business while others have the great ideas, but not the knowhow on how to delegate and motivate their staff. The saying goes, people leave managers, not a job. Having an unfriendly or just plain incompetent boss can lead to work becoming a nightmare. If you are one of the poor souls out there who have to deal with this on a day to day basis, then we have come up with a step by step guide on how to solve the situation:

1.       Talk to them. Have the impression that the boss doesn’t realise how he or she is behaving. We each require different things in order to remain motivated and on track to deliver goals. This may be in the form of praise or recognition and some people just like a simple thank you when a task is completed to a satisfactory level. You need to explain to them what you require in terms of direction, feedback and support. Be polite of course and focus on coming to a resolution that suits both of you. Do not lose your cool and tell them exactly what you think of them – that will only lead you to the door.

2.       Seek a mentor from other senior team members so that you feel supported. You may not be the only one to feel this way about the boss, but they may have just learned to deal with it or compromised over the previous years. By surrounding yourself with support from other team members, will not only aid your experience but your progression within your career too.

3.       If the boss hasn’t taking on board what you have said in your first meeting, then consider the person above them, if there is one. This may seem like a daunting task, but again you need to think about yourself as well as the sake of the company. Failing that, you could always seek advice and assistance from HR. If there is no HR within the company, you can seek advice from outside organisations too.

4.       If time has passed and you are certain that time won’t change things, then consider a move of departments if that is an option.

5.       If all else fails and you cannot consider continuing your career within the company if the relationship with your boss is having a negative impact on you, then it’s time to look elsewhere.

The definition of bad depends on the employee’s needs, the manager’s skills and the circumstances. A hands-off manager may not realise that his failure to provide any direction or feedback makes them a bad boss. They may think they’re empowering their staff. A manager who provides too much direction and micromanages may feel insecure and uncertain about their own job. They may not realise their direction is insulting to a competent, secure, self-directed employee. Or, maybe the boss lacks training and is overwhelmed with their own job requirements that they can’t provide support for you. This could be due to an early promotion that they weren’t ready for.

Consider your situation and put yourself in the bosses shoes to determine whether there is a current problem in your workplace. If all else fails, RedBox Recruitment are here to help. Feel free to contact us with any queries you may have on this topic.

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