You’ve probably had more than one difficult boss in your lifetime. These difficult bosses may come to you in the most unexpected time. The first few months you were with a boss you really liked, and then this boss gets transferred, and all of a sudden, he’s replaced by one of the most obnoxious human beings you have ever encountered. Now precisely because you were caught unprepared, you probably didn’t know how to respond, did you?
First things first: you need to get a clear head. Set aside all thoughts of those promo codes. Also, forget (at least for a while) that prospect of an Amsterdam holiday. If you’re not careful enough, your monster of a boss might not approve of your vacation leave (and you wouldn’t want that, would you?). So take these tips to heart, and watch that employee-boss relationship improve sooner than you think.
How to Manage a Difficult Boss
First tip: don’t be afraid to talk to your boss about it. As they all say, better to nip it in the bud and get it over with. You may feel like the absolute last resort is to actually talk to your boss about the problems you're having, but that's where you're mistaken. If you really want to improve your relationship with your boss instead of waiting for things to get worse, then the best thing you can do is ask your boss if you can schedule a time to talk and be honest about your feelings while maintaining your professionalism.
Second tip: don’t get all emotional in every single discussion you have with your boss. The last thing your boss needs is a crybaby for an employee. Even if your boss becomes emotional, you want to maintain your professional manner so that he cannot use anything against you. Note that your boss may become even more aggravated by your calm and professional demeanor, and if this is the case, explain to your boss that you would like to continue the conversation, but the last thing you want is to upset him, so suggest picking up the issue at a later time.
Third tip: if the time should ever come that you’ll need to confront your boss, always be the ‘bigger person’ and maintain your cool. You don’t need to give your boss a good reason to fire you by going out of your bounds.