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‘Neutralize’ these 7 poisonous bosses

October 28, 2020

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Bad bosses pollute jobs. Some do this openly while others manipulate their employees to use them as mere tools of their own success.

‘Neutralize’ these 7 poisonous bosses
‘Neutralize’ these 7 poisonous bosses

Regardless of their methods, bad bosses do irreversible damage to their companies and employees by preventing them from reaching their full potential and causing unnecessary stress.

What is really worrying is the amount of bad bosses these are out there. A Gallup research found that 60 percent of government employees are unhappy because they have a bad boss. Another study found that 69 percent of surveyed workers compared bad bosses with a lot of power to three-year-olds with a lot of power.

One of the greatest skills a person can develop is the ability to neutralize toxic people, even those who need to be reported to. It’s not easy and requires a lot of emotional intelligence.

The most obvious solution to dealing with a bad boss is to find another job. However, this is not always possible. Successful people know how to make the most of a bad situation and don’t let a bad boss stop them because they know that success comes from learning to play as much as possible with the “cards” that life gives them.
Here are the six most common types of nefarious bosses and the best strategies for working with them.

1. The inappropriate “buddy”
It is the boss who is too friendly and not in the way that could help build a good team. He’ll take you out for a drink outside of work hours and clap. Use your influence to make friends at the expense of your job. He has favorite employees and creates divisions among workers who are often frustrated by an imbalance of attention and respect. You can’t make difficult decisions such as: B. Dismiss those who need to be sacked (unless they are people you do not like).

How to neutralize it: The most important thing about this type of boss is to have very clear boundaries. Don’t let him use his position to intimidate you. You can control any situation by consciously and proactively setting boundaries. For example, you can stay polite to your boss during the day without the fear of saying no to his invitations to drink with him while you leave work.

The tricky part is maintaining continuity with your boundaries even if your boss insists on it.

It is important that you don’t set boundaries that make you look like an aloof person. Better for this type of boss to see you as an ally than an enemy.

2. The micromanager
This type of boss makes you feel like you’re being monitored all the time. They are the type of people who, when they tell you your handwriting could improve, wait until you go to throw away your pens and replace them with pens so you can write better. You can return a 20-page report because you used a paper clip instead of a staple. The micromanager pays too much attention to small details, and his constant vigilance leaves his staff disappointed, frustrated and even uncomfortable.

How to neutralize it: Successful people turn to micromanagers and show that they are flexible, competent, disciplined and open to constant communication. Micromanagers, of course, appeal to employees who produce jobs as they envision. The challenge with micromanagers is to find the “vision” of these bosses and then to fulfill them.

The trick is to ask specific questions about the project you are leaving, make constant reviews, and see if your boss’s feedback follows certain patterns. Of course, that doesn’t always work. Some micromanagers never stop looking for something to over-analyze and criticize. If so, you should be content with your work in yourself. Don’t let your boss’s obsession with details create feelings of little worth as it will only create stress. Remember that a good report without a staple is still a good report.

3. The tyrant
This boss uses Machiavellian tactics to constantly feed his ego. His main concern is maintaining power and he will manipulate and intimidate anyone who is necessary to do so. The tyrant believes his employees are a gang of pirates in his ship. It classifies people in its head and treats them at its own discretion: those employees who question their thinking are the enemy who wants to provoke a riot. Those who support him become “first admirals” while those who do not do as well as they should are doomed to “wash the deck and carve the latrines”.

How to neutralize it: A painful but effective way to deal with bullies is to come up with your ideas in such a way that they can take part in the credit. A tyrant can preserve his ego without having to limit your ideas. Always give them some credit, even if they never do the same for you. Also, you have to choose your battles wisely to survive such a boss. If you can manage your emotions, you can make rational decisions about when to fight and when to let him win.

4. The incompetent
This boss was hastily promoted or hired without knowing whether he would be able to hold the position. Not that he’s completely useless, but there are people on his team who have been with the company a long time and have the information and skills he lacks.

How to neutralize it: If this type of boss frustrates you, it is most likely because you have the skills he lacks. It is important that you swallow your pride and share your experience and knowledge without showing it off. In this way you will become their ally and confidante.

5. The robot
In the eyes of the robot, you are employee number 72, generating a level 84 production and having an experience of 91 points. This boss makes decisions based on numbers and self destructs when forced to act without the numbers required. You don’t go out of the way to connect with your co-workers, just looking at the percentages to decide who is valuable and who is not.

How to neutralize it: You have to speak your language. Make sure you have as many numbers as possible to back up your ideas. You also need to figure out what things they think are valuable and show them that you can deliver them. Once you do this, you can try to get him out of his antisocial comfort zone. The trick is to find ways to connect with him directly without looking rude. Answer his e-mails directly in his office so that he can identify you beyond a number. Just because you’re interested in numbers doesn’t mean you can’t be the exception. Do it in moderation because it is likely that it will not respond well to a “social attack”.

6. The visionary
The strength of this boss is based on his ideas or innovations. What is missing, however, is the leadership required to implement these plans. When it comes time to implement one of his big ideas, he is already planning something else and leaving it up to you to figure out how to achieve his original vision.

How to neutralize it: The best way to deal with these types of employers is to “disarm” your mindset. These bosses have a very general view of things, so your duty is to focus them on practical action. To do this, you will have to ask him many specific questions to force him to consider the real obstacles to his plans. Do not throw your projects directly, but focus your attention on what is needed in a practical way to bring your ideas to life. Often times these questions will water down these bosses’ unreal plans, but when they don’t you need to make them understand that it will take a lot of real effort to achieve their vision.

7. The seagull boss
We all had such a boss: the one who is always absent and one day decides it is time to go to work makes some changes to the project in turn and gets angry if he doesn’t understand the progress of the project. Instead of taking the time to look at the facts and work hand in hand with his team, the Seagull boss just gives in some formulaic advice and then quits the job. In fact, seagull bosses only interact with their employees when a crisis needs to be resolved, and they often make the situation worse by not knowing how to work with their team.

How to neutralize it:: The best way to work with these bosses is to do it as a team. If you can get everyone to sit down with him to explain that his abrupt interference doesn’t take into account all of the facts of a longstanding project. Often times, seagull bosses don’t know where they’re wrong, and if you point it out correctly, they usually change for the better.