My Boss Plays Favorites
Employee Stream , Power for Employees / December 11, 2017

My Boss Plays Favorites What it is As I mentioned in other posts, your boss creating an in-group is not unusual and even to be expected. Except when he plays favorites. He: Gives plum assignments only to them Re-assigns a project if a favorite wants it Gossips, you suspect, with the favorites about other employees Allows the favorites leeway no one else is given, like getting in late, slacking off, ‘business’ trips. What it looks like You: Tony, Hiro [Tony’s favorite] asked me about my surgery. I told you that in confidence. Tony (your boss): I’m sure he was just being sympathetic—it’s a big deal. You: That’s not the point—I told you that in confidence. Tony: I had to. He’s taking over when you’re off. You: Hiro! But he doesn’t have the background—he’s never done high level strategy. Tony: Good chance to learn. You: But so many files are at crucial points. Wouldn’t Rebecca be better— Tony: You just need to make sure you brief Hiro well. If you are hoping that Tony will slap his forehead and say, “Oh, my god, I have been playing favorites,” you’re going to wait a long time. What to do One option is…

My Boss is on a Power Trip
Employee Stream , Power for Employees / December 4, 2017

My Boss is on a Power Trip What it is This one is pretty easy to spot although not that easy to deal with. A boss on a power trip tends to: Take credit for others’ work Uses ‘I’ a lot not ‘we’ Blames others for his failures Is never wrong Makes unreasonable demands Is a control freak Spends more time brownnosing the big bosses than on his job What it looks like Lisa (your boss): You made me look bad in front of the VP! The prototype burned out before we even got started. You: But I told you we needed to rewire— Lisa: Don’t give me that. You set me up! You: I didn’t. I told you that it wouldn’t work— Lisa: Yeah sure, try to cover your ass now. Well, I’m not wearing this—I made sure everyone knew whose fault it was. You: But Lisa, if we had put in— What to do You might as well have saved your breath. Lisa has to find someone to blame. Let’s do over the conversation. An example Lisa: You made me look bad in front of the VP! The prototype burned out before we even got started. DO NOT…

My Boss is Passive -Aggressive
Employee Stream , Power for Employees / November 27, 2017

My Boss is Passive -Aggressive This can be the toughest boss to deal with. He may present as a great person—easy-going, a people-pleaser, even. Except that you’re never quite sure where you stand with him. It’s rather like trying to catch a cloud. Once you think you have your arms around it, it kind of disappears. What it is A passive –aggressive boss is likely to: Be unclear on what he wants Keep information you need to himself Keep reminding you of errors you made eons ago Imply criticism but deny it when asked to clarify What it looks like Tony (your boss): I noticed you took off yesterday afternoon. You: Yes, I thought you said it was okay. Tony: But I really needed to talk to you. You: Sorry. But if you texted me, I could have gotten back to you. Tony: No, it was more of a discussion than a text. You: So, maybe it wasn’t a good afternoon to be out of the office. Tony: No, no, it’s fine. We all need down time, right? What to do Clearly, it isn’t fine but you’ll never get him to admit it. Tony possibly didn’t want to give you…

My Boss Under-performs
Employee Stream , Power for Employees / November 20, 2017

My Boss Under-performs What it is There are some things only your boss can do. She is the link between you and the rest of the company. She can damage your area’s reputation by making unwise decisions which in turn leads to less money and fewer staff (i.e. your job!) An under-performing boss: Takes a long time to make decisions Changes her mind often Can’t follow technical arguments well Can’t get money for projects or has her budget cut Loses work to other managers Rarely meets with her boss or meets all the time What it looks like You: Lisa, I was just talking to Grant. He says that he’s been assigned the Parkinson project. But I’ve already started it. Lisa, your boss: He made some good points. I think he’s probably the best for it. You: But I did a similar project in my last job. And I spent last week mapping out the strategy for this one. Lisa: Oh, I’d forgotten that. And you’ve spent all that time? You: I’m ready to roll it out. Lisa: Oh, well then, maybe you should continue. Makes banging your head against a wall seem preferable. And will she tell Grant of…

My Boss is Disrespectful
Employee Stream , Power for Employees / November 13, 2017

My Boss is Disrespectful In the last post, I outlined ways bosses can be jerks. This post will focus on those who are disrespectful. What it is I think this boss doesn’t get that treating his employees as human beings is not just good business (as it is), but a requirement of humanness. Instead he: Is always late for meetings Doesn’t read the work you did for the meeting Sends e-mails and texts all hours of the night (and expects a prompt response) Changes his mind frequently and is unconcerned about the extra work caused Reprimands or corrects employees in public, sometimes loudly or even abusively Never, never says thank you What it looks like Your boss, Tony, has called you into his office. Tony: Didn’t you get my text? You: Yeah, I just read it. Tony: I sent it yesterday.   I need you to hop to it. You: But you sent it after midnight. Tony: So? I’m still working even if you aren’t. You: Okay—I’ll get on it. What to do You want to yell, Just because you don’t have a personal life, doesn’t mean I don’t. Are you crazy? I get it. But not the most effective…