We all have them and sometimes don’t want them. What’s that you say? BOSSES. They can make or break your day. They have the power to help move you forward or hold you back. Just like in the new movie Horrible Bosses, stories that seem comical can really be scary and close to the truth.
Lots of publications lately have come out lately describing how having a bad boss can be bad for your health. People who have bad bosses take more sick time and have more stress related illnesses. They usually don’t have the job satisfaction that is imperative to succeed these days. How do bad bosses get into place? Most often, according to to Annie McKee of the Harvard Business Review, companies are promoting for the wrong reasons. They might be reaching great at reaching a sales quota but mostly likely don’t have the personnel development to lead a group.
So what can you do to work through these situations:
- Check yourself: Amy Gallo at Harvard Business Review suggest to look internally before critisizing your boss. Are you using rose coloured glasses when looking at your boss? Do you know the pressures they face from their boss? Do you think you could do a better job? Have a realistic view of what being a manager in your company is really all about. While you might have the skills, the extra pressure might not be worth it.
- Document everything: Email recap your one on ones, bring agenda to your monthly meetings. If things were to go sour, you should make sure that you have a handle on what is the truth versus what the boss says.
- Make a move: It makes no sense to stick around in a situation where you aren’t getting what you need. Realise that bad bosses are everywhere but that your doesn’t have to be.