Youâve likely seen the trailers for the new movie that came out this weekend, âHorrible Bosses.â Starring Jason Bateman, it chronicles three working guys who have three over-the-top, downright despicable superiors.
In the movie, the characters hate their bosses so much that they contemplate murder. But thatâs Hollywood. What do you do when the man or woman at the helm is truly intolerable?
According to an OfficeTeam survey in the Kansas City Star, 46 percent of people indicated that theyâve worked for an unreasonable manager at one point in their lives. Unreasonable can be defined in many ways: âMicromanagers. Incompetents.â Spotlight grabbers. Bullies. Lousy communicators. Saboteurs. Lazy bones.â
And the reality in todayâs job market, according to the article, is that people arenât as willing to jump ship as they were in the past. Greater competition and less jobs means workers are often forced to make do in a less-than-ideal environment. In fact, the survey found that 59 percent of those who have felt tormented at work have stayed.
Peter Handal of Dale Carnegie Training had this to say:
âThe boss may not realize what he or she is doing,â Handal said. âHe or she may not understand the âemployee engagementâ and teamwork environment in todayâs workplaces.â
Handal agreed that the onus was on the employee to bring problem boss behaviors to the attention of the organization or the boss individually.
âBut be careful. Donât be a volcano exploding,â Handal said. âItâs important to begin in a friendly way. Talk about the weekend first. If you start out with a complaint or accusation, the boss will get very defensive.â
So what are some ways to deal with âHorrible Bossesâ? TechRepublic offers a few tips:
Donât play the âeye for an eyeâ game. If your boss lashes out or becomes abusive, it may be your first extinct to give him or her a taste of their own medicine. Donât â it only makes the situation more volatile. Maintaining your level of professionalism sends a strong signal to your co-workers and possibly even those above your boss.
Document your work. Were you recently complimented by a client? Rewarded for an accomplishment? Record the date of these incidents as well as the context. If there was a problem at the time or if you had an effect on the entire company, make note of it. Keep this information somewhere thatâs accessible to you even if you get laid off or terminated.
Donât burn bridges. It can be therapeutic to think about unloading all of your pent up anger on your superior when you finally part ways. Take the higher road. Did you learn anything new or valuable from this person? Let them know that â itâs hard to be spiteful when you offer them positive feedback, and you never know when you might run into them down the road.
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