At PathFinder, we believe that all professionals have the right to follow professional ambitions. One of the best ways to secure professional stability and growth is to work well with the boss.
Here we consider one of four basic managerial styles: hands-off, micromanager, buddy-buddy, and angry. These descriptions can be considered broad generalizations or even caricatures. In the fourth part of this series, we’ll examine the Angry Manager.
The Angry Manager
The Angry Manager is one who lashes out. Perhaps he is stressed, upset, lacks control of his projects, or is under unreasonable pressure from his own boss. Perhaps this manager believes fear is an effective motivator. Regardless of motivation, this is the most difficult kind of manager to deal with. This kind of manager may or may not be reasoned with.
The best thing to do in this situation is to not respond emotionally, and state everything factually. It’s also best to speak minimally when dealing with a tirade, as your silence demonstrates your control. It also mitigates the chance you’d say something regrettable. It’s vital to remember that in a negative or angry confrontation the only thing you can control is your own reaction.
Angry managers need to be approached on a case-by-case basis. If you learn why they’re angry or abusive, you might be able to solve the problem or at least improve your situation.
3 Reasons and Solutions for an Angry Manager
1) Your boss might be under significant pressure from his own manager and sees your performance as an actual or possible liability. Solutions: work faster or speak with your manager to see if you might take on additional responsibility or delegate a few tasks to redistribute the workload.
2) Your boss is expected by his supervisors to account for things he can’t control, such as stock fluctuations, the weather or consumer behavior. One solution is to compile data into simple, colorful charts so that your supervisor has customized materials to at least predict that which he can’t control.
3) It’s also possible that your boss is simply a jerk. In that case, polish your performance at your current job to increase your likely hood of attracting another offer. Working in a negative, unpleasant, or even abusive situation is never a good thing, and you might be benefited by leaving for a better (or friendlier) opportunity..
Your PathFinder Career Management Team can work with you to discuss communication strategies as well as actively assist your job search. Your Career Management Team can alert you to the best opportunities you’d qualify for at the time you’re looking.
If you have a job that makes you very unhappy, you should strongly consider staying at the job to identify what skills or lessons you can learn from this position. It’s also important to preform your current duties to the best of your abilities. This is because people who currently have jobs are more likely to be hired, and people who are succeeding at their current job are much more likely to be hired.