6 Tips On How To Work With A Difficult Boss At A Job You Love

You have been at your job for a few years and suddenly you get a new manager. Unfortunately, your manager is difficult to please. What can you do if you like your job, but your current boss causes you a lot of stress and anxiety?


Here are a few tips on how an employee can keep the peace with their difficult boss.

1. Don't Rush To Conclusions: Do not be in a rush to making judgments about your boss. Give it a month or two to see how things work out before getting upset about trying to please your boss. It usually takes some time to adjust to changes that take place regarding your job.


2. Improve Your Work Performance: If you get a new boss, try doing some extra work to show that you are a good and dependable employee. A few extra hours of work during the week could impress your manager and could improve relations. Many managers like employees who do more than what is expected from them.


3. Try To Reduce Any Future Problems: It is important to make sure to plan ahead to help reduce any potential issues that might occur between you and your manager.  Make sure you meet all of your deadlines and talk to your manager if you have any questions about your performance. Ask questions to make sure you are doing everything your manager is expecting from you. Doing these things will help prevent future conflicts.


4. Be Open Minded: Whenever a problem at work does happen, listen to what your manager has to say to you without getting upset and frustrated. The key is to listen and ask questions so you don't repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Don't get angry if your boss yells at you.  Be polite and always smile when talking to your manager.


5. Watch Your Actions: Be careful what you talk about when hanging out with others in your office. Do not talk about politics, religion, or any other sensitive topics that could get you into trouble. Stay away from people who like to gossip and learn to mind your own business. Focus on trying to do the best job you can instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. Your manager will appreciate that you are part of the solution instead of being a problem.


6. Focus On What Your Boss Likes To Do: It doesn't hurt to ask questions to your manager about what he or she likes to do for fun. Show an interest in what your manager likes to do.  If your boss likes to run, then ask if he or she ran in any marathons lately. This will help to get to know your manager as a person instead of just looking at him or her as your boss.


7. Talk to A Career Counselor For Advice: If your still having trouble with working with your manager, talk to a career counselor who can give you advice on what you can do. Do not be quick to make any career decisions that could cause problems for you down the road. Talk to someone who can give you some ideas on how to deal with your supervisor.


8. You Have Choices You Can Make: Sometimes a person may need to change departments or find another job if they can't get along with their manager. There are many avenues a person can take in terms of the direction of their career. Do not be afraid to change jobs if it means that you will be happier. It is important to work with a supervisor who is understanding and easy to get along with.



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