Here’s some advice on how to succeed in spite of bad behavior by a boss. For example, if your boss is always MIA, document your contact efforts and blind copy your boss’s boss.

  • How to handle a boss who’s a bully
    • Find out from co-workers if they’re experiencing the same behaviors
    • Confront the boss one-on-one in a private setting to explain why you feel bullied and how performance will improve if you’re treated differently
  • How to handle a boss who’s a micro-manager
    • Micro-manage the boss, e.g., meet every morning with plans, email every evening with accomplishments
  • How to handle the absentee boss
    • Be on top of everything and document your contact efforts (e.g., bcc the boss’s boss)


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