There are so many variations of bad bosses. The micromanager. The boss who throws you under the bus to try and cover up his own mistakes. The yeller who likes to inspire fear.
Sadly, bad bosses are not rare. So what do you do when you find yourself working for one? Sure, you can quit, but if you don’t have a trust fund or wealthy mate, you should view the boss-worker relationship like any other challenge — one that can be managed and overcome. “People make bosses out to be everything,” says Wendy Kaufman, the CEO of Balancing Life’s Issues, an Ossining, N.Y.-based corporate training firm. “The reality is they are not. When you know that, you can win the psychological game.”
How can you make the bad boss better? Here are five tips, culled from Kaufman and the writings of Bob Sutton, author of “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.” (Sutton was unavailable for an interview.)