The Employment Law Alliance conducted a poll in 2007 which showed that 45 percent of Americans have worked for a boss whom they
considered abusive. While abusive behavior should not be condoned, it is your supervisor's job to ensure that everything gets done, which may include being firm with employees they don't have as much confidence in.
Unhealthy Boss Personalities
The first step is knowing the type of boss you have and acting accordingly. Monster.com provides the following examples:
1. Authoritative. These bosses are creative and perceptive, but are often suspicious and bad at communicating. To remedy this, email instead of talking in person as much as possible and don't give them any reason to think you're up to something fishy.
2. Selfish. This type of boss is self-entitled and critical of employees. If you communicate with them regularly and anticipate minor problems before they become real issues, you'll have a better chance of getting along.
3. Average Joe. These bosses are nice, but not very effective leaders. It's not hard to get them to like you if you help them do their job a bit by offering ideas and solutions to problems that they'd have trouble solving on their own.
4. Big And Mean. This type of boss is intimidating and may resort to bully tactics. If you show them that you appreciate that they have everything under control and are willing to help them out when necessary, you can establish a productive working relationship.
5. Demanding. These bosses set high standards, which may be difficult to achieve. if you ask plenty of questions and figure out what success is in their eyes, you should be able to work it out.
Managing Your Reputation
How you work and act will definitely affect how your boss perceives you. Try out the following tips to work torwards a healthy relationship with your manager.
1. Do your best to finish everything on time and to the best of your ability. That way, they'll have no reason to question your abilities.
2. Don't ever complain about your company or its policies, even if it's around coworkers who are doing it. You never know what the boss will get wind of.
3. Avoid being too demanding when it comes to vacations or other perks. You don't want to seem like you're high maintenance.
4. Always show up on time, spell check your emails and return phone calls promptly.
5. Leave a little later than your boss. Even if it's only a few minutes, it's a little trick that will make your boss think you're working hard.
6. Communicate regularly with your boss about how you're doing and what you can do to improve your methods. Showing that you care will let them know that you value your job.