What do you do about toxic bosses? Many HR pros would say, “Fire them,” but that doesn’t always happen for various reasons.
So if a company is stuck with one or more of these bundles of joy, what are some steps employees who work for them can take?
In a recent issue of Business Week, an anonymous author offers what he did to handle his toxic boss:
- Set aside time each day when you’re going to deal with the boss’ needs.
- Send many short e-mail updates so the toxic boss doesn’t feel the need to call and check in.
- Hang up the phone. “My phone has a problem,” the author says. “When people have a temper tantrum, it loses its connection.” The author says the boss usually calls back later, in a better mood and says, “I guess we got cut off.”
What would you recommend an employee do who is saddled with a toxic boss? Let us know in the Comments box below.