What to do about an intimidating boss

Here are nine signs your superior may not be, well, superior—and what do about it.

Feedback is a necessary food group in the office place. How to manage her: If she’s not forthcoming about why she’s not happy with you, you can take steps to prevent being berated.

If she still lights into you and you don’t know what you did to deserve it, take a deep breath and ask.

You might want to wait until her tirade is over and her mood improves, but a well-timed, “I’d like to understand where I fell short, so it doesn’t happen again. Good superiors recognize that they’d be beyond stuck if their underlings abandoned them.

Is there someone that makes you feel intimidated or insecure? It really doesn’t matter who that person is, if at all possible, we will naturally look for ways to limit our exposure intimidation and insecurity.

Start your campaign by understanding that your boss may not know that he is a bad boss.

The stress your boss causes is bad for your health. workers describe their bosses as follows: Most bosses aren't surprised by these statistics.

Multiple studies have found that working for a bad boss increases your chance of having a heart attack by as much as 50 percent. A DDI study found that 64 percent of managers admit that they need to work on their management skills.

A good boss will explain why you didn’t meet expectations, as well as the changes she’d like to see next time. When you get an assignment, ask: “So what I’m hearing you want me to do is …?

But then there’s the other breed: The manager who puts down your work … ” and be sure you’re clear on the instructions before you start.


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