Surviving a Bad Boss

Nearly anyone who has worked in IT is familiar with this all-too-common scenario of a technologically brilliant[tag] boss[/tag] with no [tag]management[/tag] skills, says William McQuiston now retired after 41 years in IT. That was written in Computerworld Magazine; How to Survive a Bad Boss .

It’s highly unlikely that a manager who starts out bad will improve. So if you’re stuck with a bad boss and don’t want to leave your job, what do you do? Here are some tactics that have enabled IT folks to survive despite a monster manager.

The article describes some good advice which can be summarized in:
Focus on the Work
The hunker-down approach
Take Action

Peter Baker, vice president of information systems and technology at Emcor Facilities Services Inc
suggests to take 10 minutes each afternoon to document everything you had done that day. “I remember sitting them down and saying, ‘This guy is always going to come in and ask you, “What about this, this and this?” And you can just pull out your piece of paper and say, “I did that, that and that.’” It was kind of a capitulation, but we turned it into a positive by being proactive.”

One Response to “Surviving a Bad Boss”

  1. Dratz Says:

    I think there are things you can do. It is often a lot easier to rehabilitate a “manager” who’s all technical than a manager who’s not technical at all.

    Beyond what’s mentioned in that article and my own suggestions (I call them 3D Bosses), you can also check with HR. Many more companies are investing in management training for in-the-trench types who are elevated to management. They see the value in employee morale and reduced turnover.

    One thing to do is help make sure your technical “manager” focuses on managing and not being the lead technical resource who is called in to fix things.

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