How to manage your boss -

How to manage your boss

A national staffing firm recently conducted a survey of working Americans. One-third said their bosses could change for the better.

Their two biggest complaints? Not being nice to employees and thinking only of themselves.

If that sounds like your boss, then consider the advice our communications coach, Marcia Brandwynne.

"Many workers complain that their bosses treat them poorly, don't respect the job they do, or ask them to do things that aren't part of their duties," says Coach Marcia. "If you dread going to work and spend most of the day being angry, you may very well have a difficult boss. On the other hand, the problem could have more to do with you than them." 

Solution Tip #1: The first step is to ask yourself if you have a legitimate gripe. Sometimes, without knowing it, we begin to associate our boss as one of our parents. And when some old childlike feeling crops up, we get angry. So it's important to determine whether or not your complaint is based on actual conduct on the part of your boss.

Solution Tip #2: What about when you do excellent work that makes your boss look good, but you're never given credit for your contribution? Coach Marcia says that in this case, there are a couple of things to think about before taking action.

As a child, did your parents compliment you or did they just expect you to behave well? In the past, have you been angry when others got the credit? This could be one of your psychological hot spots.

Solution Tip #3: If, in fact, your boss lets you do all the work and then takes credit for everything, then you should speak up. Talk to your boss in an honest and respectful way and point to specific incidents that have bothered you. Don't be afraid to tell them what support you need to be a good, productive member of their team. If it's appreciation, just say so.

At the same time, be sure to say what you like about your job and let them know you're on their side.

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