How to Deal With an Oppressive Boss

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  2. Go over the company’s best practices and employee handbook to refamiliarize yourself with the company’s position on employee expectations and appropriate methods of submitting suggestions and complaints.

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  4. Compile a list of and document any inappropriate behaviors the boss has engaged in during the past that you have witnessed or been a recipient of. Avoid hearsay information.

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  6. Request a meeting with your boss. Secure a specific meeting time, date and location, preferably a quiet office. Arrange for a larger room if other employees will be joining in the meeting.

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  8. Prepare for the meeting by writing down a couple of things you enjoy about the job. Then write the complaints separately and give thought to how they can be resolved. If you present a problem, it is always important to show you have a possible solution. Input from other trusted employees is helpful in brainstorming solutions.

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  10. Meet with the boss at the appointed time and date. Take a few deep breaths before entering the meeting to calm you and lower any anxiety. Begin the meeting on a positive note by expressing the couple of things you enjoy about your work.

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  12. Proceed with the meeting by presenting your concerns. Explain how your boss’s attitude makes you feel and how it negatively affects employee morale and performance. Provide specific examples, not generalities, so the boss is clear on the conduct you and others are addressing. Remain calm as you present your concerns. Avoid becoming overly emotional or angry because it weakens your position, and you give away your power.

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  14. Present your solutions, and ask if your boss is willing to work with you on making changes or creating new solutions. If yes, move forward with the process, monitoring improvement as you go. If no, go above your boss’s head to the boss’s boss or consider finding work with a more favorable atmosphere.