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How to deal with a controlling boss


It is not easy to work with a controlling boss. If you are reporting to him directly, the situation may get even worse. Running out of a job isn’t a convincing option. The only way out is to try and make your interaction with your boss tussle free. Read on to know a few tips.

Don’t give him an opportunity to question your conduct

A controlling boss isn’t necessarily mean minded. So you need not fret over his discipline oriented behavior or controlling tactics. Such bosses want processes to be followed well, so do take care of deadlines. Just because your boss is too punctual or wants things to happen his way, this doesn’t mean that you have lost all chance of winning him over. Let your conduct in office speak for you. You don’t need to change your personality, just take care that you don’t let him raise a question on your punctuality or performance by coming late to the office or dilly-dallying in work.

Communicate a lot

Your boss may create a ruckus spotting you gossiping near the water cooler or he might enjoy controlling your canteen breaks, this shouldn’t deviate you from engaging in frequent work related conversation with him. Don’t try to over indulge in chat with him. Remember your boss is there because he has been there, seen that. So flattery isn’t the way to go about it. A little socializing is fine, provided you you take care of the occasion.

Read between the lines

You may have your way of working and your boss may have an entirely different opinion about processes. Don’t be rigid about your way. You got to understand that it’s your boss who would track and rate your performance. Getting a job done is his work, not yours. So, don’t get into an argument with him for petty ego issues. Focus on results. This way not only you would be able to shun a huge burden off your mind, but would also pave way for a better understanding with your boss. This may encourage him in giving you free hand for some task later.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

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