How to Survive a Bad Boss

Unfortunately, your boss or supervisor can make or break your career so it is critical they view you favorably.  While this is not a great method, it is an undeniable fact many bosses are only in their position because they outlasted all other people above him.  However, to succeed in life as well as in your career, one must learn to deal with less than amiable people in positions above you, below you, and in your personal life.

It could be your boss’s personal temperament.  If so, it likely indicates their bark means less than you attribute to it. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to effectively work with other people or willing to practice it if they do. Rude and unhappy sounding people are probably rude and unhappy at home also. Meaning, it is nothing personal against you.  While it does not excuse bad behavior, this is real life not a rose garden.  Don’t take it personally.

Try to understand your boss’s motives and job pressures. Ask what they really need out of your position and get feedback as you go along.  Work to fulfill expectations. 

Lastly, make an effort to greet your supervisor each day and make small talk when appropriate.  Not only will this go a long way to improving communication and your work environment, but it is contagious to all those around you.  It really does work.