How to Deal with the Boss From Hell - Page 6 of 6 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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  • 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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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.