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Are You A Bad Boss?

December 28, 2010

I read an article in the USA Today newspaper that was all about abusive bosses. Freaked me out! Mostly because I try to be the best boss in the world and yet I know there are lousy bosses out there and, in general, bosses often get a bad rap – mainly because they are the boss.

Bosses are the folks who scrutinize vacation day requests, ask for client reports to be revised and tell employees the company decided against 2010 raises. So naturally they will be closely scrutinized – and criticized – by workers, simply because they have such a large impact on their life. “Bosses pack a wallop, especially on their direct reports.” says Robert Sutton, author of  Good Boss, Bad Boss. However, there are many supportive, compassionate managers out there, Sutton says, “Most of us think our bosses are OK.” But for the folks toiling under a lousy manager, the daily stress can be severe. Here are some ways to deal with a bad boss:

  • Have a heart-to-heart. “Perhaps your boss is one of those people who aren’t aware of how they come across,” Sutton says. It could be worth it to have a gentle confrontation with the manager in hopes of evoking a behavior change.
  • Get help. It’s like a bully on a playground, at some point you have to tell the teacher. Employees should keep a detailed diary of a boss’ bad behavior and then bring up those specific instances when lodging a complaint. Don’t talk about the way you feel, instead give very specific examples of how the boss crossed the line.
  • Zone out. With some effort – be it meditation, therapy or another method – some folks are able to leave their work troubles at the office. Learn the fine art of emotional detachment.
  • Update your resume. Start planning your escape.

For the amount of time you spend at work it is important to feel comfortable and safe. At GAI ( we create that same atmosphere so you can discuss all things financial with ease. Give us a call today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit as Gunwel is a place you can zone out, get help and have a heart-to-heart. See you soon!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2013 9:32 am

    This info is very useful for me! Thanks for sharing.

  2. July 1, 2013 9:30 am

    Thank you for sharing this useful information.

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