Most people have to deal with a difficult boss at some point in their career. Being able to manage them effectively is a feat in itself, but when it is done successfully it can enhance the manager/employee working relationship, encourage team work, improve performance and workload and increase job satisfaction.
Everyone has times when their boss appears to have gone crazy. Usually it is a one-off or temporary condition brought about by office politics or a personal crisis. But what happens when the boss’s
behaviour threatens your team, department or even entire company’s survival? What to do when your boss seems to have crossed the fuzzy line between erratic behaviour and behaviour that is consistently damaging to the company’s interest?
When boss is out of control
* the reason why doesn’t matter; the only goal: damage control with clients, employees, suppliers and to ensure your work and results continue
* even in organisations with strong employee assistance programmes, it’s not easy to get the boss to use them; most believe it is only for their ‘staff’, not for them; it’s also difficult to suggest peer or mentor advice to someone who ‘knows everything’
Dealing with out of control boss
* prioritise and get on with the work
* raise the issue, intelligently
* instigate contact with boss’s boss
* control the grapevine
* know your time limit