How To Cope with an Arrogant Boss

One of the biggest sources of stress in the workplace is dealing with arrogant colleagues and bosses. While self-confidence is usually a good sign, arrogance might be a sign that someone is overconfident. In some cases, arrogant people might be compensating for a lack of self-esteem.

In the case of a superior in the workplace, he might be arrogant because of his position of power. He might be using his position to push other people around, and to bend their will to his whims. Whatever the case, working with an arrogant boss can be emotionally draining and counterproductive. Fortunately, you can deal with an arrogant boss through several means.

Get to know him better. When you’re the new guy at work, you might be given warnings by the old-timers about your new boss. They might say he’s a pushy boss, a micro-manager or simply an arrogant boss. Whatever other people say, it’s important to get to know the person better. A person might just seem arrogant on the outside, but once you get to know him better, he might not be such a bad guy after all. Work-related stress can sometimes cause hot-headedness and being pushy might be your boss’ way of dealing with stress.

Stay professional. You might have a boss who’s pushy when it comes to work-related matters. If this is the case, then stay professional. Don’t mix in your personal life while at the workplace. When you’re finished with the workday or work week, turn off our work mobile phone, and don’t check your work emails. Make it clear to your boss and colleagues that you intend to keep your privacy during off hours. This way, you can keep stress from your boss at a minimum.

Get on his good side. Office politics is usually about getting along with the right people, which can be to your advantage. Short of schmoozing with the boss, just try to get on his good side. Once he’s pleased with you, then he will probably lay off on being too arrogant.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Some bosses are pushy when it comes to the small things. They might be micromanagers. They can call you every five minutes to ask questions about your report. Or they might be looming over your shoulder checking if you’re doing the right thing. If this is the case, talk to your boss to say that his micro-managing your work is making you unproductive. As an alternative, ask him for advice on how you should do things better, and how you should view the bigger picture. That way, he can give you guidance or instructions without necessarily having to look over your shoulder every five minutes.

Talk to Human Resources.  If your boss’ arrogance is affecting staff morale, and if it is encroaching on your personal life already, talk to human resources. They have ways of dealing with these kinds of troubles. Perhaps you can apply for a transfer to another department. Or if your boss’s arrogance is already bordering on abuse (verbal or even sexual), your company’s HR department can file the appropriate charges.

Coping with an arrogant boss is all about communication. Try to get on his good side. Try to be open about your concerns. If it still bothers you, then you can try bringing up the issue to management. If all else fails, then this can be a sign that you need to move on and find somewhere better to work.


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