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How to fix a bad relationship with your boss

People fall out with their bosses for any number of reasons – the two most common being a specific disagreement over a work project, or a simple clash of personalities.

Bosses are, after all, only human and like the rest of us, they have preferences and people that they prefer over others. Whilst a good boss may conceal their prejudices, the temptation to give preferential treatment to workers who they believe to be more competent or dedicated can be overwhelming.

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Comments (1)

  • Phillip Holdsworth
    Phillip Holdsworth
    Wed, 17 Jul 2019 6:05pm BST
    I agree with this article whole heartedly if you know that you just reacted emotionally in a way that your boss or the situation didn't deserve. However, It is just one sided and there can be many reasons for the breakdown in relationship.

    I had a new boss who just decided that I was stupid and he told me so. He had just started and it took me some time to recover from that assault. In time I took it upon myself to win him over, not through being compliant, bully's just bully even more when they encounter this approach, but by finding out about him and his interests. He loved walking with his dog and model trains so I set about learning what dog he had and knowing something about his breed, model trains from the Hornby collection and talking to him about them. In time I acted as the adult and treated him as an adult and our relationship started to improve.

    We never became best of friends but it stood me in good stead knowing one of the ways in dealing with a conflict situation caused by a boss.

    I do think it's important that articles like these make mention, all be it brief, of the different circumstances/ways in which relationships with your boss can break down and perhaps begin a series of articles that seek to tackle each in turn. This would be very helpful.