Are your working under a tyrannical boss? Follow tips

Dealing with a difficult senior is never easy. Don’t let your boss be in charge of your peace.
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Updated on Mar 01, 2007 03:32 PM IST
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Dealing with a difficult senior is never easy. Don’t let your boss be in charge of your peace of A practical option is to work around any issue you have with your boss. After all, every person needs to be handled diiferently

Is the person you work for a tyrant? The answer may be a resounding “yes”. Here are some of the most common boss styles and how to deal with them…

The taskmaster As workaholics, they expect the same level of manic commitment from their employees. Intent on achieving certain targets, they forget that there is a life outside office hours.

Solution? Set boundaries for the number of tasks you can complete, and then stick to them.

The devil Closely related to the taskmaster, they seem to derive sadistic pleasure from making your life a living hell. There’s no other option except to put your foot down — and keep it there. But remember; even while you are mentally machine-gunning him, be politely firm with him/her. For example, prefacing your point with “you probably didn’t realise it, but …” will get a better reception than “I didn’t like the way you…”

The micromanager Also called “control freaks”, they leave employees feeling that their contribution doesn’t really matter. Though it’s true that no one is indispensible in a professional setup, and it should be that way, you should be missed on your day offs or when you are on a vacation.

GIving your best will gain you a good reputation. It will also gain a lot of respect from your boss. Of course, you should know where to stop. Else, your holiday plans, even if it is just once a year, will be cut to size.

The jellyfish The “jellyfish” is as evasive as his name suggests. His inability to give you any criticism — either positive or negative leaves you wondering what you did wrong, or right. Result? You feel underutilised and undervalued.

To get around this, ask specific, task-oriented questions. Instead of “how was the article?” ask, “do you think I should focus more on this issue?” The in-over-his-head Unlike the taskmaster, this chief seems to flounder in his role as a manager. Instead of cribbing about his ineptitude, take it as an opportunity to learn more on the job by taking on some of his responsibilities when he seems swamped with work.

By filling in the gaps, you’re not only ensuring that the final output isn’t affected, you’re gaining valu able experience than can leverage your own chances of being promoted to a higher position.

The self-promoter

A nightmare for every ambitious employee, he seems hell-bent on promoting his own career — at any expense. To compensate, suggest the work you want to do by emphasising the task’s importance to the company in general.

The only consolation? A reputation for “self-promotion” generally gets around, so when he claims all the credit, most people know who’s actually responsible.

In the worst-case scenario, quitting may be the only option. But let’s face it — such issues are bound to crop up in any workplace. The more practical option would be to work around the issue. After all, every person needs to be handled diiferently.

That way, you ensure that the person in charge at work does not turn out to be in charge of your peace of mind as well.

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