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How to Work With a Boss You Don't Like

September 1, 2017

Concentrate On Your Job
At the end of the day, you are there to do the job you were hired for, not to spend time with your boss. While you will certainly have to interact with them sometimes, focus instead on the aspects of your job that you like best. The worst thing you could do is let your own productivity slip because of how you feel about your superior. Eddie, a hiring manager from Quest, puts it simply: “Concentrate on your job. Be productive and meet your expectations. Nothing is more important than that.”
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Don't Make It Personal
If you are constantly focusing on who is right and who is wrong, you’ll never solve anything. Instead, it is important to accept that some people have different professional opinions, and that is okay. Your boss doesn’t have to be your best friend, but you must always be polite and respectful. Kelly, a hiring expert at Merck, explains it well: “The important thing is to maintain a high level of professional maturity. We don’t have to like everyone we work with but we should always show respect to others and continue to work hard.” 2 If you can keep your professional disagreements separate from your personal judgments, it will be much easier to work towards getting along.

Have A Professional Conversation
Just like in any relationship, communication is vital. If you haven’t already, talk to them about the issues you’re having. Rachel, a hiring expert from Eaton, says this: “Have a professional conversation with your manager to discuss your perceptions of him/her and those that s/he has of you. This may clear the air and allow for a more cooperative relationship.” 3 While nothing may come of this conversation and you two may truly never see eye to eye, it is certainly worth a shot.

Foster Relationships With Other Co-Workers
The good news is that your boss is not the only person you interact with at work. While getting along with your boss can certainly make going to work more enjoyable, they should not be the only coworker you interact with. Focus on forming relationships with others in your department, or try to meet people from other departments. By focusing on these positive relationships instead of dwelling on the one negative relationship, you’ll be happier and more productive.

At the end of the day, a boss that you don’t particularly like or get along with is something that you will likely encounter from time to time. You could look at it as a learning experience, which may make you a better manager down the road. The most important thing is not to let this dislike get in the way of your work because ultimately you are accountable for your actions. It is best not to dwell on the negatives and instead try to find the good things about coming into work each day.

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