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7 Ways to Deal with Bad Bosses


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We have all dealt with bad bosses at some point in our career. Whether it's the old-fashioned boss who doesn't think telecommuting works, or one who is jealous of your success, there are many types of bad bosses.

However, having a bad boss shouldn't affect your job performance.

Below are 7 scenarios and solutions to problems that may arise when you have a bad boss. Employ these tips when dealing with bad bosses.

Your Boss Won't Let You Work From Home. If you have young children at home and ask to telecommute one or two days per week and your boss says "no," don't fret. Show your efficiency at work and what you can accomplish on your off time if it's necessary. Answer important e-mails when out of the office, and go the extra mile with your diligence and creativity. After a period of doing this, revisit the issue, with examples of how you can be even more efficient working from home.

Your Boss Won't Let You Take Desired Vacation Time. If you have been denied vacation time due to a busy time in your industry (e.g. during tax season if you work for an accounting firm), try to work vacation in at a time that is both beneficial for your family (e.g. when the kids are off from school) and during downtime at work. Many industries slow down the week between Christmas and New Year's Day when the kids are off from school, making this a good time to take vacation.

Your Boss Frowns Upon You Leaving On Time. In many offices if you work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and walk out the door at 5 p.m., it's considered leaving early by bad bosses. But if you leave at 5:15 p.m., you may add extra time to your commute home or miss the daycare pickup altogether. How can you solve this? Arrive early and make it known that you arrive at 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. Then when you walk out the door at 5 p.m. sharp it won't be as frowned upon if the bad bosses know you get an early start.

Your Boss Doesn't Respect Your Opinion. If your boss asks your opinion on important matters of business, yet never takes your advice, it's likely you're getting frustrated. Put your opinions in writing. And don't simply make it your thoughts, but more of a plan of action. This may elicit a written response, and if nothing else, you'll receive valuable feedback about how receptive your superior is to your taking the initiative.

Your Boss Doesn't Respect Your Privacy. If the rule of thumb in your office is that everything is everyone's business, you'll want to make all personal calls and activities outside the office. Much of this can be done on your lunch break if you budget your time properly.

Your Boss Doesn't Understand Your Situation. If your boss is ignorant to something about you, such as that you have children or aren't available at 1 a.m. to response to e-mails, then it's wise to have a chat and explain your lifestyle. However, you should approach the subject with caution: you don't want a bad boss to think you're not the appropriate person for your job. Instead try to come up with a solution to meeting your boss's needs and respecting your lifestyle.

Your Boss is Mean. Bad bosses often come with bad attitudes and dispositions. If he or she is reminiscent of your grouchy high school chemistry teacher to whom speaking softly was a foreign concept, then maintain a good attitude. In other words, don't be frightened off by his or her scare tactics, and try to be as pleasant as possible. As the old saying goes, kill them with kindness. Eventually this bad boss might crack a smile.

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