One of the most frequent causes of a volatile workplace is a toxic boss overseeing a team or department. A study revealed that 64% of employees in the US work for a toxic boss—someone that lacks the proper skills to become an effective leader and manager.
What makes this alarming—and challenging—is that there are so many varieties of toxic bosses contaminating corporate cultures in the country. It’s common for employees to find themselves dealing with more than one toxic boss at the same time. The frustration of their situation can become so overwhelming that many employees find quitting their job is their only way out.
The truth is that while quitting can be an option. This is not the only way to deal with a toxic boss. Below are 5 toxic bosses, and how to deal with them.
1) The Clique Boss
At first glance, the clique boss doesn’t appear to be a toxic boss because he or she can be extremely friendly. In fact, clique bosses are those that would always invite you and the rest of the team for drinks after work or go out to party during the weekends. They are the ones that would hang out with other members of the team to chat during breaks.
However, it’s because clique bosses put personal relationships above their work that makes them toxic. Clique bosses tend to play favorites. Your success is dependent on your relationship with your clique boss, not your performance. As a result, this can lead to division and backstabbing to thrive within the team or department.
How to deal with a clique boss:
The best way to deal with a clique boss is to be firm about your boundaries. Be friendly and mingle. However, when things start becoming inappropriate, or you find yourself compromising your principles, then you have to be firm and learn to say “no.”
2) The Perfectionist
This type of toxic boss scrutinizes every single employee in his or her team with a microscope. He or she also expects things done exactly how he or she would do it. Sometimes, it can become so extreme that your 20-page report will be returned because you didn’t use the “right” font or because the color of the pen you used is “wrong.”
Needless to say, employees working for a perfectionist boss find themselves discouraged, frustrated, and even suffocated.
How to deal with a perfectionist:
Since perfectionist bosses want a specific task to be done in a particular way, constant communication will be your best weapon. Checking with this toxic boss on even the tiniest details of the work you need to accomplish will allow you to come as close as possible to giving them the result they expect.
Another way to deal with this toxic boss is to keep your emotions in check. The truth is that some perfectionist bosses will always find something wrong with your work no matter how much you keep tabs with them about your work.
When you find yourself in this kind of situation, you need to be mature enough to accept that this is just the way how your perfectionist boss approaches things. You must never allow it to define you and make you feel inadequate.
3) The Slacker
This toxic boss is the polar opposite of The Perfectionist. Slackers are those that hardly do anything. Instead, they rely on their more competent and more experienced team members to do all the work for them.
How to deal with a slacker:
If you find yourself frustrated with a slacker boss, chances are it’s because you know deep in your heart that you have the skills your boss doesn’t.
That said, the best way to deal with this toxic boss is to share your expertise and experience in a non-threatening way. When you do this, you’re able to make your toxic boss look good and competent. Eventually, you win your boss over by becoming his or her silent counselor and confidant.
4) The “Numbers Game” Boss
As the name suggests, this type of toxic boss is someone who bases every decision on the numbers and data he or she receives. “Number Game” bosses are detached from their team members. For them, their employees are nothing but a set of numbers on their excel sheet.
How to deal with a “Numbers Game” boss:
Since a “Numbers Game” boss is obsessed with numbers and data, the best way to communicate with them is to make sure that you got a considerable amount of data to back up your suggestion or idea. Only by doing this can you show this toxic boss your value and worth.
5) The Dreamer
Dreamers are another deceiving type of toxic boss because they present themselves as visionaries. They thrive on ideas and innovation.
Unfortunately, once they share their idea and they get their team to come on board with it, the Dreamer then goes off to the next bright idea. They leave it up to the rest of the team to figure out how to make the concept a reality.
How to deal with a Dreamer Boss:
Coping with this toxic boss will take some guts because you’ll need to pull them down to reality by asking specific questions about their ideas. That way, you put your Dreamer boss in a situation where he or she would have to become more realistic about the plan he or she conjured. At the same time, it also puts them in a situation where they will understand and even commit to making the vision happen.
Are you struggling with a toxic boss? If so, we’re here to help you out. With our free Discovery session, Coach Margaret can help you determine exactly what type of toxic boss you deal with at work. From here, she can guide you through the steps how to properly deal with this toxic boss, not quit your job, and succeed at work. Book your schedule with Coach Margaret today.
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