Dealing With The Devil a.ka. The Boss From Hell
It’s the catchphrase of everyone’s favorite boss from hell – Donald Trump. And viewers will be hearing the familiar cry more often when Celebrity Apprentice returns to the airwaves for another season on Sunday, March 14. While the phrase may hit a little too close to home in this economy, viewers will have no problem watching the likes of Bret Michaels or Sharon Osborne get ridiculed and tossed out of the boardroom on a weekly basis.
But in reality, Bret Michaels will go back to doing whatever Flavor Flav does these days, and Sharon Osborne will find a way to keep her husband relevant for another year or two while thousands of people actually do face a boss from hell each and every day at work. With the economy only showing slight signs of improvement, these employees are often pushed to the breaking point with no other option available, but to grin and bear it.
In yesterday’s AM-NY, Lucy Cohen Blatter discussed tyrants in the workplace and spoke with Vicki Lynn, vice president of research and consulting at Vault.com. Vicki went into great detail discussing the types of bosses people encounter on a daily basis and offered solutions on how to deal with them.
For instance, Vicki discusses the “Blunt Object”: a boss who is tough, emotionless and has no work-life balance. According to Vicki Lynn, these bosses tend to admire those who are more creative, open and flexible. She further states that employees may offer to take on tasks these types of employers don’t like in order to help build a mutually beneficial relationship at work.
Of course, some bosses are just too much to deal with. Dubbing them “The Cancer,” Vicki Lynn tells AM-NY that these types of bosses are screamers who are nasty, irrational, unreasonable and hard to understand. Her verdict: “Go to HR, but ensure everything you say is held in confidence. These are the people that can ruin your career. You might want to leave,” she offers.
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