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How to Deal with a Boss Who Behaves Unpredictably

One minute your boss is hot, the next your boss is cold. One day the biggest ally and the next a mortal enemy. This can make any employee’s head spin about how their boss feels towards them. But you need to realize it is not your fault, and more than likely it has nothing to do with you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carolyn O’Hara offers six ways to deal with a moody …

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Getting Past 4 Common Workplace Fears

The workplace can be a spooky place for various reasons. In an article for Forbes, Glenn Llopis discusses how to work through four of the most common fears. The first fear is of the boss. Sometimes, fear of the boss is unfounded. Other times, bosses use fear as a means to maintain order when they lack the skills to lead effectively. In either case, employees should get to understand their bosses’ weaknesses and express their …

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Making Your Boss Happy Is Not Your Job

Job security is important. Nobody ever wants to worry about where their next bank deposit will come from. One of the most direct ways you might seek to ensure your job security is through making your boss happy. But no matter how this decision is viewed, the underlying logic is fundamentally flawed. If you treat making your boss happy as an end goal in itself, you are jeopardizing your career. The Motivation to Please Getting …

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How to Tell Your Boss How You Feel

Regardless of how good or bad your relationship with the boss is, the boss can never know exactly how you feel. For times when he or she has inadvertently frustrated or angered you, Marcia Reynolds shares some tips at Psychology Today. She has a straightforward technique to try for conveying how you feel. First, after a difficult conversation, decide what negative emotion you are feeling. Second, decide what tangible or intangible thing you wanted out …

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Your Boss Plays Favorites: Now What?

You are yesterday’s news. Enrique is the hot-shot superstar apple of your boss’s eye now. In an article for the BBC, Elizabeth Garone has some recommendations about what to do now. First of all, there are always top pieces of work that your boss is trying to deliver to his or her boss. If you can directly help your boss deliver this work, that will definitely help to put the halo back on your head. …

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How to React to Your Boss Having a Favorite

A product manager by the name of Reagan wrote to Forbes contributor Liz Ryan for advice about his current circumstance, in which he and two other product managers operate under the same boss but the boss clearly favors one over the others. Ryan, CEO of Human Welfare, shares her answer in an article. She says that it could be a situation where the favored product manager has been doing the job much longer, and so …

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A Warning: When the Boss’s Friends Become Favorites

Situations occur where your boss happens to have a lot in common with a subordinate and they become best buds. This can happen more than once too. Where does that leave the subordinate who is not a best bud? Alison Green answers in an article for Money. She listens to a situation from a reader where a boss has two close buds who go out to lunch together with her, and they even make travel …

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How to Know You’re the Favorite, and Why It’s Dangerous

In an article for Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith pinpoints some ways to know you are the boss’s favorite employee, and why that might not be so great for the business. A favorite employee will get “unique freedoms,” such as the ability to come and go at will or speak up without fear of repercussions. If you are clearly enjoying perks that your colleagues do not receive, they may or may not resent you for it, …

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Different Strategies for Dealing with a Boss Who Plays Favorites

You may not be the boss’s favorite, but you will not let that stop you from enjoying your job and being effective in your role. Stacey Gawronski shares multiple tips to work things out in an article for The Muse. For starters, when you show the boss displaying favoritism, do not get up in arms about it. You will not make the person stop being a favorite; you will just make yourself a least favorite …

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What to Do When Your Boss Has a Favorite (and It’s Not You)

Some bosses pick a golden child, and everybody knows it. You are the boss’s copper child at best. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Rebecca Knight teaches you how to deal with it. Even in a situation where it is a pretty sure thing that you cannot become the boss’s favorite, there are still things you can and should do to improve your relationship with your boss. Not doing anything at all about a …

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