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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