A boss who panics

A boss who panics

Problems at work: tip on how to work with a boss who panics

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of “How to Get On With the Boss” – order on Amazon

A boss who panics – most people I know have worked for a boss who was subject to panic. Or at least in their view, the boss was someone subject to panic. Managers are human and being human they don’t always behave well. Good managers recognize this in themselves. They check how they are behaving and acknowledge when they need to make a change. Some managers do not. And for a number, panicking can become a habit, particularly if they feel insecure or lack confidence.

So, how should you respond?

Here are some tips on how to deal with a boss who panics.

1. Don’t join in the panic, but do show you want to help.
2. Get as much information as you can about the issue.
3. Make your own assessment – is this really is as urgent or as important as your boss is suggesting?
4. Be clear about priorities for the organization, your team and your role, as well as for key clients.
5. Are you the person best placed to handle the issue? If so, can you persuade your boss to delegate the task to you with occasional reports on progress?
6. Show you are willing to help.  Even if the issue isn’t for you, show you are willing to help and move things forward.
7. Agree clear arrangements for reporting back with your boss. Those reports may have to be more frequent than you would choose. But an agreed reporting procedure should reassure your boss and give you the space you need to complete the task.
8. Shield your team – if you are a manager yourself, then try to shield your team from the effects of your boss’s panic.
9. Reassure your boss – above all seek to reassure your boss and take responsibility for dealing with the issue if you can
10. Post action analysis – after dealing with the immediate problem, try to work out why your boss is responding in this way. Then, if you can, offer support, show loyalty and give reassurance.
11. Is the behavior really disrupting the team?  Do you have a good relationship with boss? Then afterwards try to feed back to you boss how this is affecting others and the efficiency of the group. But choose your moment with care. Don’t do it when they are feeling panicked. Offer to work with them to introduce any changes that will make them feel more comfortable.
12. If you don’t get on well with the boss, consider your options.  Consider seriously whether this job is really worth suffering the long-term effects of stress which are usually the result.

I offer a free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype that help you deal with your boss. Here is the booking link –  Book a half hour trial 

Other resources for people with problem bosses

As a coach I work with lots of people who have problems with their boss. So I wrote a little book to help them. You can help your boss help you – don’t be made unhappy, suffer stress and lose confidence because you cannot get on with the person in charge. Poor relationships at work can damage life at home as well as your career. My book can help.

Remember working with a career coach can really help you feel happier at work.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 


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