Horrible Bosses and how to deal with them

almost 2 years ago by Daniel Stargatt
Horrible Bosses and how to deal with them

We’ve all had a boss we can’t stand or struggle to get on with, and if you haven’t then you’ve been lucky. In this article we look at some of the types of bosses you could encounter and tips on how to deal with them.

The Unpredictable Boss

The boss that one day is happy and the next is in a bad mood. This type of boss is extremely difficult to work with as you never know what you’re going to get from one day to the next, and over time can cause you a lot of anxiety and stress. Worse of all, this type of boss can really impact your job satisfaction.

Best ways to deal with them: The best way to deal with this type of boss is to not take what they say personally. Try and remember that it’s not you it’s them, so keep delivering to a high standard, stay positive and ignore their mood swings. Do this and they will soon realise that you are not a person that will be phased by them.

The Stressed-Out Boss

Similar to the previous boss, but the only difference is that they never seem have a happy day. This type of boss can be a nightmare to work for, as their stress and anxiety can cause you and the team a similar amount of stress and anxiety… not fun for anyone!

Best ways to deal with them: Often the reason for their stress is that they are under pressure from their managers plus the stress of managing a team. So we suggest that you try and have a conversation with them to see if they need any extra help with their workload to try and relieve some of the stress. This can really help your relationship with them as they may appreciate your offer.

The Micro-Manager

Ah yes, the classic! Maybe a bit harsh to put this type of boss in the “Horrible Boss” bracket but still, I don’t think I have met anyone who likes to be micro-managed. This is the type of boss that just doesn’t trust anybody to do their job right and will essentially peer over your shoulder every second of the day and check everything you do. This management style after a while just gets tiresome and can often lead to you feeling uninspired, frustrated and can also knock your confidence in your own ability.

Best ways to deal with them: Realistically you’re not going to change their management style, so the best way to deal with this type of boss is to keep them regularly updated so they feel as though they are involved throughout. Also get clear instruction from them at the beginning of whatever you are doing, so they feel as though they have essentially told you that to do. The reason for their micro-management style is that they lack trust, so use that and keep them informed and they should hopefully calm down and stay off your back.

The Ungrateful Boss

Probably the worst type of boss to work for, the boss that never says thank you. It’s ok if you’re not constantly thanked for the work you’re doing, it is your job and you are getting paid to do it. However, to never get a thank you is not a great feeling and can often lead to you feeling undervalued and unappreciated.

Best ways to deal with them: This is a tricky one. The only real way you can change this is to have a conversation with your boss to discuss how you feel undervalued. Hopefully your boss is actually really nice and it just doesn’t occur to them that saying thank you is that bigger deal and will quickly change, fingers crossed!


If you can relate to one of these types of bosses and you have tried dealing with them but it hasn’t helped, then maybe it’s time to seriously consider looking at other opportunities. Life is too short to not enjoy your job.

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