6 Essential Tips to Manage Your
Difficult Boss Effectively
With neverending paperwork, meetings, business planning, strategising and more, there is one specific skill that every employee must have, and that is ‘Boss Management’, and managing your boss efficiently displays your skill level. Wondering how to handle your difficult boss effectively? Follow these 6 steps to make your work life easier.
1. UNDERSTANDING ‘BOSS LANGUAGE’
Different bosses have different communication styles. While some are straightforward, empathetic or team players, a few bosses may seem stern, unwelcoming and difficult to please. These bosses want to see direct results through proactiveness, hard work and motivation. How can one understand their ‘Boss’s Language?’ Try to observe your boss’s emotions and facial expressions when they speak to you or give you feedback. Listen to their tone of voice, study their facial expressions, and follow their instructions. Remember, bosses are your most important stakeholder so you should try your best to get along with them.
2. MAKE YOUR BOSS’S LIFE EASIER
A happy boss is a work stress-free boss. This does not mean that you should take over your parts of your boss’s work, or become a complete workaholic. You can make your boss’s life easier by meeting your deadlines, and completing your tasks at hand faster than expected of you. You should try to evade office politics and conflicts to make a good impression of yourself in front of your colleagues as well as your boss. You must learn to add value to your boss’s life in order to become a valuable employee. Become an asset for your boss, not a liability.
WONDERING HOW TO HANDLE YOUR DIFFICULT BOSS EFFECTIVELY? FOLLOW THESE 6 STEPS TO MAKE YOUR WORK LIFE EASIER.
3. BE A MASTER OF RECORD-KEEPING
It is vital for employees to keep track of and record the tasks given to them. To avoid any form of miscommunication or blame games, an employee must play their part. Written documentation is always the best proof of one’s work. At the same time, if one is facing a challenging boss, that is, a boss that makes one’s work difficult, time-consuming and unnecessarily complicated, it’s best to keep some form of audio recording or written document for one to avoid any form of conflict in the future.
4. EVERY SITUATION IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
There will be many positive and negative experiences in the workplace. Sometimes, the negatives may outweigh the positives, and one may feel demotivated, helpless or emotionally strained. However, try to think of every scolding, criticism, bullying or any negative situation that you may have faced at your workplace and think of it as a learning experience. Reflect on your role in the situation, your approach to people, or how you can continue to maintain corporate relations.
5. BEWARE OF YOUR ACTIONS AND WORDS
No matter how hard it seems to deal with your boss, you must always remember to be respectful. That does not mean you should take abuse or negativity, you can always come to a negotiation respectfully, or even quit. Nevertheless, never lose your cool. Your bosses will always have the advantage of representing you badly to others and to future potential employers. So remember to be careful, and diplomatically choose your words and actions to make your case. Never lose your cool or be disrespectful as these two actions will have a greater cost to the employees than to the bosses.
6. STAY MOTIVATED, NOT FRUSTRATED
Easy to say, but hard to do, right? Always practice staying motivated despite your surroundings. Give yourself only ten minutes to be upset or angry. Afterwards, you will have to overcome the negativity and find solutions. A motivated person never fails in life. They are strong-willed and ambitious, which is essential for them to achieve their future goals.
Hopefully these tips will be a form of motivation for you to overcome your challenges at work! For deeper and more technical knowledge of team and boss management, reach out to Don Sumdany Facilitation and Consultancy for corporate training to enhance your corporate teams!
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