It's Your Money: How To Deal With Horrible Bosses

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Just in time for the release of the film "Horrible Bosses," Daryl Pigat from Office Team in New York and Robert Half International offered up advice on dealing with real life horrible bosses.

According to a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, 46 percent of employees say they have worked for an unreasonable manager. So aside from quitting your job, how can you deal with a difficult boss?

Here are Daryl's suggestions for dealing with five common types of bosses.

• Micromanaging Mark has trouble delegating tasks. This boss looks over your shoulder to make sure you complete a project exactly as told.o The best way to cope with this manager is to first ask yourself whether you've done anything to undermine his or her confidence. o Trust is usually the issue here, so make sure you build it. o By providing project updates on a regular basis and keeping him or her apprised of recent accomplishments, your manager will gain confidence in your abilities and display less controlling behavior.

• Sally the Saboteur undermines the efforts of others and rarely recognizes individuals for a job well done. This boss takes credit for employees' ideas but places blame on others when projects go awry.o Make sure your contributions are more visible to others, especially senior management, so your role isn't overlooked. o Get information in writing from this person so you have a chain of communications to refer to, if needed.

• Directionless Doug is a poor communicator. He provides little or no direction, and your assignments often have to be completed at the last minute or redone because goals and deadlines weren't clearly explained. o Gently let your supervisor know what you need in terms of direction and feedback. o Point out that by providing more information upfront, you'll both avoid undue stress and save time in the long run. o Ask if you can periodically schedule brief progress report meetings, and always seek clarification when confused.

• Box of Chocolates Betty is unpredictable in her behavior -- you never know what you're going to get. This manager can be friendly and helpful one minute, and demanding and cold the next. o Understand that your supervisor's disposition has little to do with you, so try not to take things personally. o Be the steady presence this boss type needs by remaining calm and composed when interacting with her. o When this manager is on edge, try to limit communication to urgent matters.

• Bullying Bob wants to do things his way, or no way at all. Bosses like this also tend to be short or gruff with others and become easily frustrated. o The best way to deal with this manager is to stand up for yourself and present your case coolly but confidently. o Explain the rationale for your decisions and anticipate his questions so you're prepared to argue your stance. This type of boss tends to relent after hearing the voice of reason.

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