Guest Blog by Nancy Anderson, Beyond.com
There’s a reason that movies like Horrible Bosses and the classic film Office Space strike such a chord with workers everywhere. At some point in most people’s lives, they’ll come across a boss that they at best don’t like and at worst truly despise. You may be in that situation now. If so, you know that having a boss that you hate is truly one of the easiest ways to increase your stress level and decrease your overall quality of life. Listed below are a few of the things that you may hate about your boss and what you can do about it.
There are probably few things more frustrating than a disorganized boss. This is the one who never has receipts but expects you to have expenses tallied and input for reimbursement. This may also be the one who turns to you the minute before a major presentation and asks you for files you’ve never heard of before. With this type of boss, you’ll need to go through your own massive reorganization. Make sure that you keep a detailed schedule that keeps both you and your boss on track. If you have the access, input important files and meetings directly into your boss’s smartphone or tablet, complete with reminders. Sync that information with your own computer and mobile devices so that you are always aware of what’s coming up. Once you set up a system that you control, everything should begin to run seamlessly.
Another extremely annoying type of boss is the dishonest one. This is the boss who swears you were told to do something when you clearly weren’t. The first few times, you may think your boss merely forgot that it wasn’t mentioned, but after awhile, a pattern emerges and you realize there is something more insidious afoot. This type of boss can be quite dangerous and most likely wouldn’t hesitate to throw you under a bus at a moment’s notice. In this case, you’ll want to follow up after every meeting that you have with your boss with an email detailing exactly what you understand your boss expects of you. You can say that you need to list everything out to make sure that you’re clear on your responsibilities before you start attacking the list. You can even ask your boss to edit the list in case of errors. That way, everything you need to do is in writing and has your boss’s written confirmation.
Another boss personality type that can fill a worker with rage is the one who takes credit for absolutely everything, even the work you’ve done. Even though it’s galling to watch someone else take credit for a report you spent the entire night working on, the good news is that it’s been well received. This means that you know exactly what you’re doing, and that bodes well for your future job prospects. You may be in an administrative or clerical position now, but the fact that your boss wants to take credit for your work means that you are destined for bigger things. Keep a detailed record of everything you do; you’ll need it when you’re interviewing for your big break.
Bad bosses are sometimes a fact of life. How you respond to them will determine your career path. You are not defined by what your boss does to you but by how you respond to it.
Nancy Anderson is the communities and article Editor for Beyond.com. Nancy has 10 years experience in the online job search business with Beyond. Nancy’s team produces dozens of articles every month for top internet sites. Follow Nancy and the Beyond team on https://twitter.com/Beyond_com.