In the business world, there are many different types of bosses. If you are of an age to remember the Mary Tyler Moore Show, you will remember Mary’s boss Lou Grant. He was gruff, no nonsense, but he knew what he was doing, and knew how to handle his people. If you are lucky, you will end up with a Lou Grant type of boss.
Then there was Ted Baxter, a vain, pompous know nothing. Ted was the anchor on Mary’s TV news show. If you are unlucky, you will end up with a boss like Ted. What should you do if you find yourself with a bad boss? Here are a few tips.
1. Do your job well
In other words, become essential, someone your boss needs more than you need him. The key in all jobs is to make your boss happy. Find out what he or she wants and then make sure to deliver it. You need, in effect, to make his job easier.
It doesn’t matter what you think about the job. It’s what your boss thinks that matters.
2. Try to see things from his perspective
Put yourself in his place to try and understand all of the demands and pressures he is under. Your boss probably has many people he needs to keep happy as well – the board of directors, senior managers, employees, customers, and investors.
This might help to give you better insight into his behavior.
3. Definitely do not go over his head
It may be tempting to go to your boss’s superior and complain to him or her about how nasty your boss is. But this will only make your situation worse. First of all, it is sure to aggravate your boss that you are going over his head. It displays a lack of respect and loyalty, and is pretty much a declaration of hostility.
Second, you don’t know how your boss’s superior will view the situation. He or she may really like your boss and think that your boss is a wonderful employee. You then will come across as the malcontent.
4. Don’t compromise your own values.
Don’t change who you are, do anything unethical or otherwise against what you believe just so you don’t annoy your boss. Your integrity is much more important.
5. Be prepared to leave
If you have made many attempts to improve the situation, done all that you could, and still nothing has changed, be prepared to find another job. It’s just not worth it to stay.