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How to Deal With Difficult Bosses


Nothing is more destructive in the workplace than difficult bosses. Every employee has a series of bosses over their working career. Hopefully, most of your bosses are competent, kind, and even, worthy of your trust and respect. Unfortunately, too often, employees have difficult bosses who impact their desire to engage and contribute at work. It is no surprise that employees who quit their job are most frequently leaving their bosses, not necessarily the company or their job. Find out more about how to deal with difficult bosses.

Bad to the Bone: Dealing With a Bad Boss or Bad Managers

Stressed out employee
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You're weary. You're frustrated. You're unhappy. You're demotivated. Your interaction with your boss leaves you cold. He's a bully, intrusive, controlling, picky and petty. He takes credit for your work, never provides positive feedback and misses each meeting he schedules with you. He's a bad boss, bad to the bone. Dealing with less than effective managers, or just plain bad managers and bad bosses, is a challenge too many employees face. These ideas will help you deal with your bad boss.

How to Fire Your Bad Boss

Noel Hendrickson
Is you bad boss more difficult than the average bad boss who is just not very good with recognition and direction? Your bad boss, in contrast, is a nasty, demeaning, motivation-destroying, screaming bully. This is the type of bad boss you may want to invest the time to fire. But, you need to proceed carefully and in an informed manner so that you don't take yourself and your career down in the process. Find out how.

What Makes a Manager a Bad Boss? (Poll)

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Many of you have participated in my poll and written great comments emphasizing why your bosses are difficult at best - bad to the bone at worst. Your bosses treat you poorly, take credit for your work, and some bad bosses even yell at you. But, your number one concern about your bosses is their failure to provide clear direction. Find out more.

What Makes Bad Bosses - Bad?

What Makes Bad Bosses - Bad?
Dieter Spears
Nothing sparks more commentary than asking about what makes managers bad bosses. With my Web site poll and its lengthy comments thread, I found some common themes in site visitor responses about bosses. Want to avoid becoming a bad boss? Afraid that you may already be considered a bad boss? Just want to commiserate with other people who have bad bosses? Here are the pertinent themes about bad bosses.

Readers Respond: What Makes Bad Bosses - Bad?

Coworkers discuss difficult boss.
Catherine Yeulet
Want to avoid becoming a bad boss? Afraid that you may already be considered a bad boss? Just want to commiserate with other people who have bad bosses? Here are your thoughts about what makes a bad boss, well - bad. Share your thoughts about dealing with bad bosses.

Are You the Victim of a Bad Boss?

Victim of a difficult boss?
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How many times have you witnessed someone working in a supervisory position without the necessary supervisory competencies? How many times have you questioned why some bosses get the roles they do? It should not come as a surprise to you, then, that at least once in your life, you will be the victim of a bad boss. These ideas will help you deal with your bad bosses.

Dealing With Bad Bosses (Poll)

How do you cope with a difficult boss?
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Have you had bad bosses? Almost everyone has had difficult bosses at one time or another. And, when you have a bad boss, bad bosses are a significant factor in most people's lives. There are two kinds of bad bosses. One doesn't know they're bad bosses; the other is bad to the bone. How do you deal with difficult bosses?

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