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4 Great Steps On How To Handle A Difficult Boss

Sadly there are bosses and supposed leaders out in the world of work who, no matter the level of work you input, seemingly always have a chip on their shoulder and will continue to make your time as unenjoyable as possible. Obviously unfair and detrimental to any worker’s wellbeing, these are some of the best tips and strategies for handling a blatantly unfair boss.

#1 Unreasonable Goals

One seemingly obvious suggestion is to start passively looking for a new job.

But if that isn't possible there may be more to the situation than meets the eye - that boss may have unrealistic expectations put on him/her by his/her boss and is just transferring that unfairness on to you. Also, depending on the situation it might make sense to ask a former employee through LinkedIn.

And try asking that boss how you can help him/her reach goals. Make sure you listen well and provide the needed assistance he/she requests.

Contributor: Kenneth Lang from kml consulants

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#2 Don’t Become Reactive, Keep It Professional

In order to handle an unfair boss, it is important to remember to not become reactive to any unfair criticism. Snapping back at an unfair boss only makes the situation escalate even more.

Instead, make sure you document and keep precise records of your work performance. So when the time comes that you may have to prove your boss wrong you have evidence to back it up. In addition, try to get your boss to utilize objective measures to rate your job performance. It is much harder for a boss to rate you unfairly with objective standards set in place. Finally, if you do decide to go above your boss's head try not to slander them in any way because ultimately that just makes you look bad in the end.

Contributor: Andrew Rawson from traliant

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#3 Armed With Facts

Sometimes you can try your hardest and still have a boss who treats you unfairly. There’s no one way to solve this problem, but a good start might be scheduling a meeting with your boss. Calmly present a list of all the things you have been doing for the company and inquire about your boss’ expectations for you. You might be surprised to find a discrepancy between the two, and once this is figured out the situation might improve greatly.

Contributor: Nate Masterson from mapleholistics

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#4 Adjusting Expectations

Sometimes the situation won’t improve and then it is up to you to decide if you feel you can continue working for this boss or not. If you are determined to make it work, try adjusting your expectations for what opportunities or encouragement you hope to receive from your boss so that you are not continuously disappointed.

But if you’re enduring abuse or harassment at the hands of your boss, it’s time to contact HR and make sure that you and others in the workplace are safe.

Contributor: Nate Masterson from mapleholistics

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Written by James Metcalfe

Twenty year old writer living life on the south coast, struggles to tie his own shoelaces. Believes Toad is the real hero of the Mario universe.

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