In local governments and in private business, having a toxic boss can be a difficult and stressful experience for any employee. Toxic bosses can cause a lot of harm to an employee's career, as well as their emotional and mental well-being. However, sometimes leaving a job or getting the toxic boss fired is not an option. In this post, we will explore ways that employees can work successfully with a toxic boss.
Understand Your Boss's Behavior
The first step in dealing with a toxic boss is to understand their behavior. Recognize that their behavior is not about you, but rather a reflection of their own personal issues. By understanding this, you can avoid taking their behavior personally. It's also important to have an open and compassionate mind. Their behavior may be temporary and driven by some crisis outside work that you are not aware of.
One of the best ways to deal with a toxic boss is to set boundaries. You can do this by being clear about...
Feedback is a great way to support, re-direct and encourage your employees. But as leaders in local government you can take those 1-on-1 feedback sessions one step further by asking your employee “what can I do differently to better support you or make your work more effective?” This simple feedback question allows the employee to share their concerns, it models your authenticity to them and helps you improve as a manager.
Monthly or quarterly “sit-down” feedback sessions are great, but another type of feedback called 360 Feedback can be even more transformative.
The public safety model
In local government, public safety teams regularly hold “after action” reviews of emergency calls to discuss lessons learned from an event. In those feedback sessions the group reviews the call and then determines how to reduce errors and challenges in future calls based on what they just experienced. This idea of getting a broad range...