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WCBS 880 Interview: How Do You Deal With A Bad Boss?

Jason Bateman and Kevin Spacey in a scene from "Horrible Bosses" (credit: AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, John P. Johnson)

Jason Bateman and Kevin Spacey in a scene from “Horrible Bosses” (credit: AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, John P. Johnson)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - It may not be Hollywood’s greatest effort, but some movie goers may enjoy the latest summer release – “Horrible Bosses” -which takes aim at the corner office.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane With The Story

But what do you do when your real boss is a superior jerk?

One blogger advises keeping a journal of boss incidents or making a list of behavioral traits and approaching with “positive helpful suggestions.”

Susan Zeidman at the New York City-based American Management Association says reacting with anger to the boss can be a revealing and dangerous career moment.

“You should always think to yourself ‘How do I want to be perceived?’ You should say to yourself ‘Do I want to be perceived as an angry person. Do I want to be perceived as a person who can’t handle a challenge?’,” she says. “You want to position yourself well and come across like you are a person who has the ability to handle yourself well in difficult and challenging situations. It’s very easy to get angry.”

Knowing your boss can resort to sarcasm, for example, and practicing your reaction can help.

Use positive “I” statements, such as “For us to be successful, I want to help you.”

Reacting to the boss is a key part at gauging how you work with others. So, take a deep breath before you say anything.

Have you had a bad experience with a boss? Please share it with us in the comments section below!