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How to deal with bad bosses and managers

Updated: May 31, 2023

Soraia from Vision Factory

Author: Soraia Farinha

Date of Publication: 24/02/2023

Many of us have had to deal with bad bosses and bad managers. What’s more, we may have often disagreed with the decisions they were making. However, sometimes we'd rather say nothing than put our jobs on the line. In other cases employees would rather resign than subject themselves to dealing with that type of leadership. Therefore, the company ends up losing a good employee most of the time.

It’s common that managers and bosses can be quite arrogant and authoritarian while in other cases they try to be too permissive. As a result the company's objectives aren’t properly met. There are also managers who are afraid of being replaced, and do everything in their power not to let that happen. Even if they harm the smooth running of the company. Hence, we, as employees, have to learn to deal with all kinds of managers and bosses. For this reason we have to find the best way to do it. So, here are some examples of bosses and managers and how best to deal with them.

Examples of bad managers

The first example is a boss/manager who doesn’t trust some employees. This is because they are afraid that employees will do the work in a better way than they would. This automatically makes them a replaceable professional. Because of this insecurity, they don’t share their knowledge. So, they are a type of professional who is intolerant to criticism. As a result, it is impossible to make progress with this kind of leadership.

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Moreover, there is the authoritarian manager. When it is necessary to make a decision, they are the only one right. They don’t want any opinion, and never admit their mistakes. Thus, this tends to demotivate the team and these attitudes lead to employees resigning.

Last, managers who may seem very friendly to us can also be a problem. This is because their only purpose is obtaining personal information about us. Thus, they can become quite nosy and this can damage the working environment. However friendly the manager may be, they are still a superior.

How to deal

Let’s take a look at some ways to deal with these types of managers:

  • Keeping the manager informed of the tasks we are carrying out,

  • Be willing to help when they are busier

  • Have the right attitudes so that the manager gains confidence in us,

  • We must understand if there is any solution, for different conflicts,

  • It’s essential to control your emotions,

  • In the case of an argument, try to keep calm. Wait for some time to pass and then try to solve the problem through discussion,

  • Explain your side of the situation, always maintaining professionalism,

  • It’s important for the manager to know how to distinguish between professional and personal life. So, it’s necessary to find a solution to avoid a bad environment,

  • It’s necessary to create limits,

  • Don't make too much of your personal life known,

  • Always try to maintain a good level of performance,

  • As a last resort, look for a new job opportunity.

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All in all, it’s important to assure the manager that we know the boundaries of the relationship between us and our boss. In addition, we must always carry out our work in a professional manner regardless of the circumstances. It is also important, though, to mention that we must always remain calm. So, only in the last instance should we tender our resignation.

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