Today I delve into the world of having a boss who is a jerk/bitch/nasty piece of work. This is a topic I’d like to focus on over a series of posts, so stay tuned for future posts like “How to cope with your Bad Mood Boss”.
Is your boss having a bad afternoon?
In all honesty, if you’ve never seen your boss have a negative character change, then they should apply for sainthood.
This post is going to focus on the WHY your boss is acting they way s/he is acting. Personally, I find it helps to not get upset or distracted by a grumpy boss if I think about the WHY. Next week I’d like to cover HOW to cope with your Bad Mood Boss. If you have any tips or suggestions for next week’s post, I’d love to hear them.
- Their personal life
You never really know what’s happening in someone’s personal life, and unless they’re dropping hints, it’s hard to cotton on to it. It could be as simple as dramas with the neighbours, to unwell family members. Have they been talking about specific issues happening at home?
- They’re under the thumb from management
Management are renowned for coming up with urgent changes that need to be implemented yesterday. Your boss is likely to be the meat in the sandwich in these scenarios and has to find the best way to keep management happy and you and your team happy. Have you noticed the bigwigs hanging around your department lately?
- It’s peak season in the office
Is it your busiest time of year? EOFY, Christmas, Halloween, annual factory shutdown. Are you coming up to your busiest time in the office?
- You’re making their life difficult
This isn’t one that’s true for most of us (obviously!), but perhaps you’re under-performing or not balancing multiple priorities in a way that best supports your boss. Is there something you could do to juggle your workload and help your boss out at the same time?
Next week, let’s look at some ways on how to cope with your Bad Mood Boss. See you then!