1. The boss lets small problems slide, but then comes down like a ton of bricks when one of those problems gets out of control.
An employee should keep an eye out for problems of any kind related to their work, and talk through their work in detail with their boss. They should also ask their boss for clear, honest feedback about every aspect of their performance.
2. The boss imposes their obsessive-compulsive preferences onto the employee even though there is no clear business reason.
An employee should work with their boss to spell out the parameters of each task and develop a detailed project plan. Then, they should plan to report to the boss at regular intervals.
3. The boss treats the employee like a beck-and-call assistant.
The employee should try to get their manager or boss to give them as many different to-do items as possible in each interaction. The goal is to move the boss away from giving a list of small tasks toward giving a list with more complex tasks and longer time frames so the employee may work independently.
4. The boss starts pretending things are up to the employee when they are not.
Employees should force their manager or boss to spell out every requirement and expectation for every task, responsibility, and project so they do not get stuck doing the wrong kind of work.
5. The boss is not keeping track of what is going on, but makes big decisions that affect everyone.
An employee should keep their manager or bosses informed, and act as a reliable source of honest, accurate, and complete information.
6. The boss soft-pedals their authority until something goes terribly wrong, and then becomes authoritarian if a strong disagreement arises.
The employee should acknowledge the boss’s authority and power in the working relationship, and remind the boss how much influence they have and how much their support is appreciated.
7. The boss is intimidating, mean, or abusive.
The employee should remember that this is the boss’s psychological problem, not theirs. They should try to get the manager or boss to discuss the behavior. If that does not work, they must walk away or file a complaint with HR. When filing a formal complaint, the employee must first make sure that they have done everything in their power to deal with the situation, as well as have proof to back up their efforts.
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