- THE SITUATION: PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE BOSS
- The boss is not direct and honest when reviewing an employee or subordinate. He or she will say a task has been done well, and then redo it or reassign the task to another worker instead of communicating with the employee.
- THE SOLUTION:
- Seek multiple sources of feedback. “Don’t rely on your boss as your only way of attending to your growth as an employee,” says Dr. Heather Lyons, an associate professor of psychology at Loyola University whose special study interests include person-organization fit in the workplace.
- Use open-ended questions when asking for feedback, such as “How do you think I could have improved my presentation?” Those are more likely to yield more thorough responses, Lyons says.
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