There are good bosses and bad bosses, but sometimes you’re not so lucky. Your boss is a key figure in your career advancement so, like it or not, he will play a major role in your life.

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What happens if your boss is far from ideal? How do you deal with him or her? 

The Five Bosses from Hell and the Keys to Dealing with Them

1.     Everything is Treated as an Emergency

Work is stressful on its own. Unfortunately, some bosses make the situation more stressful than it should be. Everything he hands over is due “immediately” and is of utmost importance – or else all hell will break loose- in his eyes that is.

The solution: The key to dealing with this type of boss is to get to know when he’s most stressed out and plan accordingly. If every pay period is the time he turns into a drill sergeant, be prepared during this time. And don’t forget to voice out your concerns.

Tell him you find it difficult to figure out which are the most important tasks. Let him know you want to do a great job, and figuring which tasks are most important to him will help you accomplish things together.

2.     Boss Steals Credit for Your Work

You slave all week on a particular project only to find your boss took all the credit. This is not only detrimental to your career advancement; it eats up your morale as well. Being too forward and accusing your boss won’t help.

The solution: Find ways to let the rest of the organization know the work you put in, before your boss steals your thunder. If you plan to talk to your boss, put a positive twist to your tone. Don’t accuse him of stealing credit for your work directly.

3.     Playing Favourites

It is part human nature to prefer certain people to others- even in the most professional and rigid environment. When your boss displays favouritism and it’s affecting your career advancement, remember that reacting negatively will just bring in more negativity. This means gossiping or complaining about the problem will do more harm than good.

The solution: Be proactive. Find ways to get on your boss’ good side. Take notes about his favourite pet, who knows you just might pick up some good habits. There is a reason, after all, why your boss prefers this individual.

4.     Dictatorial Management

In a perfect world, everyone is easy to approach and communication lines are open. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to have a boss who is difficult to deal with.

The solution: The way to cope in this situation varies immensely. If he isn’t doing anything illegal or abusive, observe and pinpoint your boss’ seeming dislike of you. It could be something you’ve done or something in him that you can’t control. Focus on doing a good job and see if that helps. If the boss is mean to the point of crossing boundaries, you might have to talk to the human resource department.

5.     When your boss is all over the place

What happens when you’re babysitting your boss because he lacks the focus needed to get the job done? It’s a double duty disaster! Aside from your workload, you have the ungodly task of nagging your boss about deadlines, projects and targets.

The solution: When faced with this type of boss, being very proactive is the way to go. Find out how best to communicate with him. Maybe emails catch his attention or writing down your concerns and notes work better. The trick is to find what makes him tick and work around his habits and tastes.

The human element is crucial in any workplace and getting to know your boss’ professional habits will help in your career advancement. Remember to keep your cool and don’t let emotions get in the way of your relationship.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.