Your ability to do your job at work isn’t the only thing that is being evaluated. Your performance evaluations are often dependent on how your boss feels about you and your work at any given time. If you’ve got a boss that isn’t your biggest fan, your raise or promotion could be on the line! That’s why it is just as important to manage a difficult boss as it is to manage your daily job responsibilities.
Here are 7 ways that you can mange that relationship better right now.
#1. Stay true to your word. If you always fulfill your promises, then even the most difficult of bosses is going to begin trusting you. Breaking a promise or coming up with excuses is just going to put you on the list of people whom your boss will try to micro-manage instead.
#2. Minimize the surprises. Bosses don’t like to be surprised with bad news. Difficult bosses don’t like to be surprised with good news either. Keep open lines of communication at all times, give your boss frequent updates, whether good or bad, and you’ll limit the amount of headaches that will be headed your way.
#3. Be serious. A difficult boss takes his/her job very seriously. You will never be deemed an equal if you don’t take your job just as seriously. Now that doesn’t mean you need to work Saturdays and 60 hour weeks, but it does mean that you’ve got to put 100% of your effort into every task that you’ve got to do every day.
#4. Look for solutions. A difficult boss hates complainers. It’s not that they don’t understand the complaint, but they’re coming to you for solutions. If all they get are complaints, then the boss feels like they’re on an island with no help and that’s just going to make matters worse. Look for solutions and if you can’t think of any, just tell your boss that you’ll look to find a way out.
#5. Be clear and concise. Do you know why parents use three word sentences with their kids? It’s because it is an efficient way to communicate clearly for a variety of purposes. “It’s bed time,” is clear and concise. Now you don’t have to use three word sentences with your boss, but the point here is the same. “I need 3 days to be finished,” is clearly understood. “I’ve got several tasks to complete before I can be done,” is going to put you on your boss’s radar instead.
#6. Don’t give 180%. Jut give 100% to putting in your best work every day. Anything else is just a catchphrase. Always do your best and your difficult boss won’t think that your skills have jumped the shark. You’ve got your job because you’re the best at what you do. Prove it.
#7. Work for mutual success. When you make your boss successful, you also become successful. It’s a two-way street because even the most difficult of bosses will help those who help them. If you’ve got a selfish boss that won’t reciprocate success, however, then it’s time to pack up these tips and take them with you to a new job.