Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Alas: The Bully Boss
A job is more than something that we're proud of. It is the means by which we trade our skills, talent and training for a living wage. What do you do when your boss behaves more like Jerome the lunch room bully, who enjoys stealing your recess, instead of that pragmatic superior who treats you with respect?
Besides taking one for the team, there are several key things that employees can do to fight back. Diagnosing the person, and the era in which they were born is the key. Employees whose bosses are Baby Boomers, need to understand a few key concepts, according a study from Cornell University, School of Labor and Industrial Relations.
When managing boomers, show them how you can help them use time wisely. Assess their comfort level with technology in advance. Demonstrate how important a strong team is and customize your style to their unique needs.
If these tips fail, taking a step back is essential. Remember, you're not less of a man or woman when you take a step back. Instead, emphasize that working with you will be a good experience for them. Follow up and check in and ask how the individual is doing on a regular basis. Lastly, remember that people will only do to you, "What you allow them to do."
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