How to Get Along with a Challenging Boss
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How to Get Along with a Challenging Boss

On film, “horrible bosses” can be pretty hilarious, but in reality, when faced with one who is difficult to deal with and is making your life miserable, the prospect of being successful or even happy in your role seems impossible.

Unfortunately the truth is that you’re not always going to have the perfect boss in every role. Whether you just don’t get along, or you can’t agree on basic every day tasks, there will most likely be one or more times in your life when you have to deal with an unpleasant situation with a superior and, handling it in a responsible, professional manner can help make the difference between a horrible boss, and one who you can get along with (even if you don’t always see eye to eye).

  1. Find things to be happy about. While you may not always have the ideal relationship with your boss, there are certainly things about every job you can be grateful for and happy about. Whenever you’re having an off day, take the time to consciously focus on the good over the bad.
  2. Always take a break. If things start to get a little rough around the office, just go and get some air. I recommend that people always take at least a lunch break and coffee break just to give them an opportunity to re-charge their batteries, take a breath and return to work with a brighter outlook afterwards.
  3. Be honest. Your boss isn’t always the easiest person to approach, but being professional, open and honest with them is a good way to improve your relationship over the long-term and ensure that you feel more comfortable discussing issues with them as they arise.
  4. Don’t let it stew. If you have an issue, try and address it as soon as possible. The longer something goes on, the harder it gets to deal with and the worse it feels. Dealing with problems or circumstances as they arise helps to mitigate the long-term effects.
  5. Build office relationships. One of the best things you can do to help you deal with a difficult manager is to form strong, supportive relationships with your colleagues. Having a support system is one of the best things you can do to help you succeed in your every day work life.
  6. Make your space a comfort zone. Your office space, whether it’s a cubicle, an office or just a desk is the place where you will spend the majority of your time. Creating a space that makes you feel happy, positive and comfortable can go a long way to improving your overall mood on a daily basis and gives you a place to return to where you feel good if you’re having a rough day.
  7. Go to the source. While it’s important to have relationships with co-workers, if you’re having a problem with your boss you need to bring it up with your boss. Gossiping with colleagues doesn’t solve the problem, and it doesn’t help the situation even if it feels good at the time.

These tips can help you deal with a lot of stressful work situations, not just ones that involve your boss. It’s always a good idea to try and work in a positive environment and using these ideas you can help to create one on a daily basis. You can’t always help who your boss is, or whether your get a long with them perfectly, but there are things you can do to make sure that every working relationship is a respectful, professional and productive one.

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