How to Deal With an Annoying Manager

Sometimes newly appointed managers come into a company, hospital, or other organization thinking that

they are the chosen ones. Then, there are managers who have been annoying for as long as you can remember.

Annoying managers throw their authority around the workplace recklessly. Consumed by power, they lose sight

of reality, turning the lives of co-workers into a living hell. If you allow or accommodate this influence in the work

place, your life at work will become miserable, eventually. Here are some suggested ways to overcome the over

whelming effect of having excessively ambitious and annoying managers in your work life.

1. Try to pinpoint why you find your boss or manager to be annoying.
 There are any number of reasons

possible, but don't fall into the trap of finding your boss annoying just because he or she asks you to do your job

to an expected standard when you can't be bothered! The real elements of an annoying boss include feelings on

your side that the workplace has become unbearable, disrupted, not enjoyable, and perhaps even frightening,

because of the actions of your boss, coupled with the reality that your boss has certain undesirable traits or

responses when interacting with staff. 

2. Recognize the actions of an annoying manager. As well as determining how the manager behaves to

wards staff, and knowing how this leaves you feeling, it can be helpful to identify certain unacceptable actions that

annoying bosses commit regularly. 

3. Keep the attacks on you separate from your self-esteem. Understand that even though it may feel other

wise, this behavior is, overall, not a personal attack against you as a worker or as a person. Most often these

managers are trying to prove a point to higher level management by being "seen" to be doing the right thing, by

directing their energies upwards and not caring for staff.

4. Such a boss may come around the office, department, etc., looking for errors to disqualify, or to discredit

someone else whom they consider a potential threat. It is vital that you do not take this personally but see it for

what it is – your boss's inferiority complex trying to masquerade as fake confidence by using staff as a tool to

cover up his or her own inadequacies. When you try to see it this way, you are doing what is known as

"reframing", reduce the damage the situation does to you.

5. Lower your expectations of your boss and focus on what is good about your job.

6. Be a model employee. Familiarize yourself with work protocols and understand the principles behind what

you do. In other words, be prepared to offer a plausible explanation if questioned by your manager. This will also

provide a suitable excuse to keep him or her away from rattling you further.

7. Demonstrate your expertise without arrogance. In a subtle way, outdo an annoying boss with your

obvious knowledge. Aim to highlight your expertise and deter an annoying boss from prodding you any further. If

your expertise is clear and highly respected, an annoying manager will usually back off, knowing that pursuing a

petty issue with you can make them appear stupid if they cannot keep up with your points. Do not be arrogant

but display professional etiquette 
and confidence when making your points.

8. Maintain a professional distance and limit your contact with your annoying manager. Becoming too

familiar with managers who display poor qualities is a perfect recipe for disaster that can even taint you down the


9. Keep any unavoidable confrontation constructive. Stick to the facts, stick to what you do know, and don't

lash out and criticize the boss.

10. Learn to relax in the presence of your annoying manager. Being nervous or intimidated will only make

you an easier target at work and most often you will end becoming their mental punching bag. Staying calm is a

form of control of the situation in itself, and an effective one provided you can maintain it.

11. Do not fall prey to workplace gossip and bickering about anyone. Sometimes an annoying manager

will try to extort negative reports on you from others. While disappointing, if people know you are gossiping about

them, they will give a negative report about you when a boss goes behind your back. This results in filtered

information, which becomes more distorted as it transfers from person to person and this creates the wrong

impression, potentially damaging your professional reputation in the process. Avoid falling victim to this

destructive behavior by not undermining your colleagues.

12. Find buffer zones. Have rooms where you (and your colleagues) can go and have time out after being

around your annoying manager. Let off steam and support one another.

13. Find other suitable employment if the work environment becomes unbearable. Another suitable

alternative would be to look for other positions in the same workplace, if there are any available, such as a

lateral move into another department. When you do move, however, be circumspect about your boss and your

feelings for this person; people are not impressed by a potential new employee mouthing off against a former


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