How to Deal with the Boss From Hell

See why managing up could be your way out

  • 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.
  • 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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  • Linda Swearingen McGrue

    As an almost 50 year old African American woman with both civilian and military careers, I’ve probably had a dose of each boss listed. One of them would get up at an ungodly hour (kind of like this post time) and send me about 10 of their to-do items which I need to get accomplished in addition to managing my sales team and making sales goals. Guess what? I saw what time the e-mails were being sent and set my clock and my coffepot for about 30 minutes after that. Each item was done before I even got dressed. The bottom line is this – there are good bosses, bad ones, and some in between, but don’t ever let that affect the way you do what you have to – in excellence.

  • Mattie Deed

    Need your feedback!! I work with a hater boss who is a control freak and micro-manager. She has the support of all the higher bosses. I am fed up with her poor management skills and leadership. Whenever I need to take time off from work, she reacts like I am not supposed to take time off; she’s always late for work, always leaving out for appointments and to talk on her cell phone! I have been with the organization for almost 5 years. During my first two years, my resumes were perfect; the last two and a half years she has been rewriting all my resumes and act like she created them. Please let me know your thoughts.

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