The right way to deal with the boss

They are considered rational, distanced and formal, often seem harsh and are less in need of harmony: German managers do not have the best international reputation. But not every boss is a heartless impulse when dealing with his employees. Fortunately, because the professional environment also determines the health in the workplace. A small typology of different boss types helps to stay relaxed and fit in the workplace.

Stressed boss

Do you know this: your boss never has the time and he laughed the last time two years ago on his debut. His choleric seizures are notorious and his favorite phrase is, "Am I just surrounded by idiots?" For sure, your supervisor belongs in the category "stressed boss". "The biggest difficulty in dealing with such an executive is that problems are not discussed, because the boss feels such a conversation only as a disruption of the workflow, " said psychologist Frank Meiners of the DAK. "When dealing with such an executive only helps to keep calm and to provide as little attack surface." Anyone who shows nervousness and restlessness, or who even seems to be freaking out, even more upsets the supervisor.


It is hardly easier to deal with the type "climber". These bosses want to make a career at all costs and go for emergency to (colleagues) corpses. These power people come quite as a "girlfriend" or "buddy" therefore. They appreciate the internal competition among employees in order to build the right career mood, but then saw in the chairs of colleagues, who themselves could develop ambition and become the newcomer to the competition. "Keep your distance in such cases, work correctly and look for the solidarity of colleagues, " advises DAK expert Meiners.

Control freaks

Reliable working, delivering clean results and complying with agreements helps in dealing with so-called "control freaks". Executives, who always have a meticulously tidy desk and would like to do everything themselves, are not easy contemporaries. But they are more predictable than the newcomer. "They are fine when they feel their employees are giving them the important decisions, stick to the structured workflow and make clear goals, " explains Meiners. Employees who start afresh because they consider the controller a potential source of uncertainty, as well as people who have creative ideas and like to work on their own, are having problems.


Some employees have to deal with chiefs of the type "impeller". Those who willingly work overtime and provide positive statistics, turnover and return figures will soon be the best horse in the stable. But beware: "impellers" are constantly increasing the speed of work because they are under enormous pressure to succeed, and sentences such as "Can you do it again ..." or "It can get late today" are standard practice for them. Especially for employees who lack a certain routine, it is so fast difficult to differentiate against the high standards. "If you feel that your demands are growing, ask for a factual conversation, " advises psychologist Meiners. "You can certainly do a less important job to do the new, more challenging job."


Always an open ear for problems of every kind has only one boss type: the "competent". He always strives to find solutions together with the employees. Competent managers are characterized by their high level of specialist knowledge, their social "instinct" and their openness.
Not only do they keep an eye on the work and health of their employees, they also often praise. They enjoy being inspired by ideas that have been created in a creative atmosphere.

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