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Chapter 16. Fighting Fire with Water— Yo... > Consider the Consequences - Pg. 166

Fighting Fire with Water-- Your Difficult-Boss Options 166 What's easier? Dealing with a boss whose quirks are annoying but don't affect productivity, or a boss who does affect productivity? The second is easier because you can find more allies to help you with a problem that affects the bottom line. 2. 3. 4. 5. Second, does the behavior of your difficult boss damage or hurt people, particularly your em- ployees? If so, in what ways? And here's an additional question: Can you live with that? Some managers can, some can't. Third, how is your boss affecting your career--your chances of promotion or future employ- ment? A boss who makes you look bad affects not only the present but the future. If you do nothing, you may end up losing more than you can afford. A supplementary question: Do you care? Some managers aren't worried about promotion or career. Are you? If so, then a boss who interferes with your career is of greater concern. Fourth, what about your mental health? Is your boss the main reason you're experiencing high stress levels connected to work? Do you dread going to work because your boss drives you crazy? Are you experiencing high levels of anxiety or depression because of your boss? Sometimes it's hard to tell exactly why those things occur, but if you have a really terrible boss, you'll be able to connect the dots. Fifth, are you sailing on a sinking ship? Occasionally, a boss can be so destructive that he or she ends up destroying a work unit through things like layoffs or damaging its functionality. There's little point trying to bail out a swamped boat with a small cup. Is the writing on the wall, either for your work unit or you, personally? So let's say you've evaluated the situation and decide that you really can't sit back and do nothing, because the consequences of doing nothing are too severe. Let's take a look at the effects on you personally.