How to Deal with the Boss From Hell

See why managing up could be your way out


  • They don’t give clear and concise directives. They often drop the ball and aren’t good with managing proper work flow. Guidelines are either blurry or not enforced. This boss is a close cousin to the Pass-the-Blame Boss.


  • Get familiar with company policy and follow it. “Policy is what’s in writing at the workplace. Procedure is how things are really done,” Lyons says. “In this case, policy will be a good friend to the employee of the negligent boss.”
  • Get multiple sources of feedback about procedure. “Sometimes those in power are not the ones with the longest history,” she says. “Therefore, employees can touch base with those with a long institutional history for more information about how projects are really carried out.”
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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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