It can’t be denied that the work-from-home (WFH) dynamic has amplified the issues of some difficult bosses. For one, mistrusting bosses have become more paranoid about subordinates slacking off and are now micromanaging even more. Then, those with anger issues are increasingly prone to emotional outbursts because of the additional stresses that come with the new arrangement.
However, since WFH is likely to be a big part of the work model even in a post-pandemic landscape, it is crucial that – whether as employee or boss – we improve our synergy with each other, lest the relationship implodes. As it is, when bosses are unreasonable, unprofessional and/or incompetent, employees are left feeling demoralised, confused and disheartened.
Have an overbearing boss? There are things you can do to make things easier for yourself. Or are you a boss who is, well, problematic? We’ve got advice from other bosses on how to eliminate insufferable behaviour. The bottom line is, whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s always something you can do about it.