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Chapter 26. What can You do?

  • No Action Continue to do your work. Bottle up feelings and accept pain caused by negative and destructive supervisor. Take no action to improve the situation. Pause to observe and think before doing anything. Taking no action will not put your job at risk, but it may greatly affect your productivity and health.

  • Modify Your Own Behavior Adjust your work style to the needs of your boss. Use better communication strategies. Adapt your behavioral style to your boss’ needs regarding use of time, level of detail, friendliness, change and perfectionism, etc. Change your responses (thoughts and feelings) to your boss’ actions. This behavior has a low to moderate risk regarding loss of job, but has higher potential for job improvement.

  • Manage Your Boss Provide praise and criticism. Meet with your boss privately to improve the situation. Meet in a group to develop agreements. This behavior has a moderate risk, because you must take the initiative. However, the potential for improvement is great.

  • Oppose Your Boss Openly criticize or confront your supervisor’s unacceptable behavior. Seek relief at the next level. Refuse to follow directives. Break company rules. This behavior exposes you to a high risk of losing your job; however, it may be necessary when the effect of your boss’ behavior is destructive.

  • Fire Your Boss Transfer within the company. Quietly seek alternative employment and leave. Leave without another job. This behavior poses a high risk to current employment and possibly to future employment. However, this step may become positive if done in a planned, rather than impulsive, manner.


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