5 Ways To Annoy Your Boss

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By Robert Half International


Certain things you do endear you to your boss. And then there are behaviors that can drive him crazy. Here are some of the top offenses that could land you in the corporate hall of shame:

1. Impersonating an ostrich.

You may know problems are cropping up -- a client is becoming increasingly irate, a project has gone awry or there are systemic issues that need everyone's attention.

Don't keep your manager in the dark. Bosses don't like to have to confront problems either, but they also don't want them to be neglected until it's too late.

Speak up when there's a problem that's too big to ignore. You may not relish the role of messenger, but your manager will appreciate that you had the guts to raise a flag, rather than stick your head in the sand while there was still time to rectify the situation.

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2. Being high maintenance.

This quality may seem like a requirement in the celebrity world, but it's rarely on any other manager's list of desirable qualities in an employee. Bosses appreciate professionals who take ownership of their tasks and can work without constantly needing guidance or positive reinforcement.

Though you should ask for help when you're truly unsure about how to proceed with a project, be careful not to monopolize your manager's time and attention. Focus instead on improving your listening skills and acting on the feedback you receive so you can learn to work more independently.


3. Thinking the office is your stage.

Some people think the office is their outlet for drama. Managers don't agree. Few things become more tiresome to bosses and colleagues than working alongside people who make mountains out of molehills and manufacture conflict.

Leave the drama to your community-theater pursuits. Your manager will appreciate you much more if you simply carry out your projects in an unfailingly professional way, rather than complaining at every twist and turn.

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4. Talking a good game.

A good way to exasperate your manager is to continually promise big things -- "Sure, I'll have that project completed by Friday," -- and fail to deliver. This behavior can become such a pattern that bosses end up feeling uneasy counting on an employee to do what is promised and disappointed in themselves for allowing the predictable cycle to repeat itself.

If you suspect you're guilty of chronically overpromising and underdelivering, have an honest discussion with your manager about the problem. Maybe one or both of you can shed some light on why it keeps happening. Try to work together to figure out how to escape the pattern. For instance, setting incremental goals may help you rein in the tendency to make grand, but unrealistic, promises.


5. Deflecting criticism.

Almost everyone drops the ball at one point or another. But rather than making excuses or being overly sensitive to constructive criticism, own up to mistakes and let your manager know how you plan to avoid similar problems in the future. Your boss will appreciate your willingness to confront less-than-ideal outcomes and will come to see you as someone who can be trusted to respond appropriately, no matter what the situation.

Even the most accomplished professionals occasionally engage in behaviors that are annoying to the boss. Take a look inside to see if you're guilty of any of these offenses. After all, someone who gets the job done is always valued, but someone who gets it done without causing the boss any concern, stress or frustration is the ultimate team player.


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allen_crews

Hey Mad Dog, from the strength of your comment, you sound like an employer with a guilty as hell conscience. What the matter, does the truth hurt that much?

August 09 2012 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mad Dog

Any of these actions would have you out the door in a minute. People doing these are looking for that unemployment check. As shoudl the writer of this article.

July 15 2012 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vallowery1

point out the company rules that he/she is violating or even better point them out to the HR or legal department.

July 10 2012 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jandmorr

Use a split infinitive.

July 10 2012 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Here's another foolproof method:

Tell him the truth.

July 10 2012 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dmande6304

I never wore a watch at work but I usd to look at my arm every time my boss came in late, usually 4 out of 5 days, he got really annoyed but couldn't say a word, it got a chuckle out of the rest of the crew.......

July 10 2012 at 3:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Dmande6304's comment
billv0164

"used to" look at your arm.....?? Guess that means you can't now???
i DID give a "thumbs-up".

July 10 2012 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sensible

I'm sure he chuckled every time he filled out your quarterly review and passed you up for raises.

July 10 2012 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ms. Dragon

Really want to get to your boss? Let him/her know you are smarter than they are. They really hate that. They also hate being called on their own screw ups, their own faulty project timing and being corrected when they are dead wrong.

July 10 2012 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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