Dealing with an overbearing superior

There are numerous aspects that add to your total job satisfaction. One of these aspects is your direct superior. In other words, your superior has a lot to do with your job satisfaction. And while bad superiors rarely are effective long-term and are often changed, overbearing superiors may have a past of producing results and have gained the respect of top management. Luckily, there are some proven approaches or guidelines that can assist make your work conditions as good as possible. They are as follows:

Dealing with an overbearing superior.

1.Concentrate on the end ResultThe most essential things to keep in mind when handling an overbearing boss are the end results that bring about their behavior. Most likely, a difficult superior is fixated on getting results for the company for which you both work. And your concentration should be on achieving excellence in your position. If you are in production, you need to focus on producing good quality products for the ever demanding market. If you find that your attention is on evading or appeasing your superior more than on producing good quality products, then you will be making your job even more unbearable by exposing yourself to disciplinary action or dismissal due to poor performance.

2.Produce ResultsIn keeping with the first guideline, something magical occurs when you achieve results above expectations. Problematic superiors then appear to become easier to work with and for. You relish going to the office each morning, and your work experience in general improves. The purpose of this magic is that unless your supervisor is simply a terrible superior, they will have little or no reason to give you an especially difficult time if you are overachieving in your position. Those who deliver brand themselves are almost indispensable while under-performers discover themselves spending more time in the superior's office and more time worrying about how much longer they will be engaged/employed.

3.Shun Group grumble MeetingsDeliberating on how much you hate your superior with your colleague workers may make you feel better, yet it does nothing to resolve anything. Most group grumble sessions are anti-productive and time-wasting discussions, during which nothing of value is achieved and ultimately lead to more bad work experiences. Any moment spent during work hours (or even after work hours) that does not enhance your chances to deliver results and advance you towards your end results is to be shunned at all costs. Sure, joining in a group grumble session can give you some encouragement and build bonds with your co-workers, you need to focus on your job and not only making friends. The other thing to keep in mind is the intent of the others in the grumble group. Ask yourself what are they gaining by complaining about your boss? Everything that everyone does is done for a reason.

4.Set Your Own Personal ExpectationsOne sure way to lose self-motivation is to submit your personal power. If you live each day according to the beliefs of someone else, your passion for your job (and even your life) will slowly but surely wane. Demanding superiors are made even more difficult to work for when employees lose sight of their goals and personal expectations. If you are fixated on achieving the best customer service that you can but find that your focus shifts to keeping your superior happy and to staying out of their way, you will soon lose your hunger to your focus. When that materializes, don't blame your unreasonable superior. The fault is yours.

5.Have a One-on-One with Your SuperiorBeginner or immature workers often are very hesitant to have a sincere, face to face discussion with their superiors. They are concerned that their jobs would be in danger if they push back against policies or work conditions that they feel are unfair. For those who have bad superiors, they may be correct. However, for those who work for overbearing or unreasonable superiors, face to face may be the absolute best thing they can do for their career. Overbearing superiors are often hyper-focused type "A" people that are weak with their interpersonal skills. They may not be aware of how their actions are received by their direct reports. When an employee has the bravery and respect to professionally discuss how his behavior has a bad effect on employees, the superior is given direct feedback that they otherwise might never receive. Depending on their maturity and professionalism, this feedback may help them improve their areas of weakness and become better equipped to deliver the results they are hired to deliver.

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