It can sometimes be hard to deal with a difficult supervisor. Indeed, a manager that gives you problems can cause you a lot of stress and anxiety. Many people do not know what to do when they encounter a boss that is difficult to please.
For the many of us who are routinely faced with this scenario, here are 8 tips on how keep peace with your supervisor.
1.Focus on Doing Your Job: Instead of worrying about what your manager is going to do, the first step is to concentrate on doing your job. Strive to be the best worker that your company has on payroll, and focus your energy on doing the best job possible.
2. Always Reduce Any Potential Problems: It is important that you look ahead to try to make sure there are no problems down the road which could upset your supervisor and coworkers. Make the extra effort to reduce any conflicts that could result in you getting yelled at or disciplined. A little extra work can go a long way in preventing any problems.
3. Communication Is Important: Get into the habit of talking with your coworkers and your manager on a regular basis. Talking to people to make sure that everything is being done correctly can reduce any conflicts in your department. It doesn’t hurt to play it safe and tell others what you are doing so there are no misunderstandings down the road.
4. Be Friendly: If your supervisor gives you a difficult time, it’s important that you remain friendly and respectful to them. Some people get upset and start to argue which could lead to other problems. Listen to what your boss has to say, and then respond in a friendly and respectful manner.
5. Come In Early, Stay Late: Try to be the first person to go to your office in the mornings and be the last person to leave. Most managers appreciate the extra effort of an employee. You never know who is watching you doing your job.
6. Get Sound Advice: Consider talking to a career or mental health counselor when you are having trouble at your job. These people can give you sound advice on what you should do, and you won’t feel alone. There is nothing wrong with asking certain people for guidance when it comes to doing your job.
8. Change Departments: If you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, the next best thing is to find another job. There are often a variety of jobs available in today’s marketplace so don’t feel that you’re stuck in a certain position. Learn how to do an effective job search for another position to move to; preferably with the same company, but different supervisor . This should help reduce your fears of losing your current job because of your boss.
Chances are that it is impossible to find a job where you get along with everybody. The key is to learn how to deal with difficult people in addition to doing your job. The most important things is to be friendly and outgoing toward everybody you work with. This will help reduce a lot of your problems.
About the Author: Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com.