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If you’re dealing with a difficult supervisor right now, there are a few things you can try to make the situation a little less frustrating. Here’s an except from The REAL Healthcare Reform:
When It’s Not You…It’s Your Supervisor!
Resolving problems with a “boss” can be tricky, especially if that person has the power to make your job difficult (or make it go away).
Here are some tips for getting along with your supervisor, even if you don’t always see eye to eye:
- Review the expectations. Make sure that your priorities match what your supervisor expects of you. You’ll never measure up to your supervisor’s expectations if you don’t know what they are!
- Remain professional. Remember that you are there to provide care to your patients—not to make friends. As a professional, your goal is to get the job done and carry out your supervisor’s instructions.
- Don’t expect to change others. If you work for a “difficult” supervisor, there is probably nothing you can do to change his or her behavior. The only thing you can control is your own attitude about that person.
- Take a deep breath. If a supervisor criticizes your performance, take a deep breath and look at the situation objectively. Did you really do your best? Keep in mind that constructive criticism gives us an opportunity to learn and grow professionally.
- Keep emotions out of it. If a supervisor confronts you about something, remain calm. If you let yourself react emotionally, the situation can turn into a “war” where you and your supervisor are fighting about who is right. Instead, simply say, “I understand. Thank you for the information.” Or, try asking for advice and ideas about how your work can be improved.
- Be careful about complaining. It may be tempting to complain about your supervisor to your co-workers. But, be careful! You may wind up being labeled as a chronic complainer instead of a team player—and your negative comments about your supervisor may get back to him or her and can be used against you.