How To Deal With Lazy Boss In 15 Effective Steps

This new article will show you everything you need to know about how to deal with lazy boss.

Not only does a lazy boss set a poor example for his team, but he can also interfere with others in their tasks, which is annoying and raises everyone’s stress level. Fortunately, there are several ways to communicate with your supervisor that can improve both your working relationship and his conduct.

How To Deal With Lazy Boss:

1. Put yourself first.

Avoid the temptation to compare your own laziness with that of others. Instead, constantly strive to do your job correctly and efficiently, pushing yourself to excel. By consistently doing your job correctly, you will set an example for your supervisor and colleagues, and may even reap long-term benefits such as promotion.

You may be tempted to behave similarly lazily to your employer. This is rarely beneficial, as your supervisor may not realize that you are imitating him and may instead see you as unproductive.

2. Learn more about your employer’s

Your boss’s actions may have ulterior motivations that you are unaware of or may be driven by personal problems at work. Try to understand your supervisor, what drives him or her, what is important to him or her, and what irritates him or her before complaining to HR.

Your supervisor is a real person with a real life, just like you. You may not know about his or her other full-time job, illness, or responsibilities for caring for a sick child. Getting in touch with your manager can help you better understand his or her perspective.

3. Recognize the company’s hierarchy.

Know the company’s structure and line of command. It’s good to know who your boss’s boss is, in case you need to escalate the situation, even if it’s not the best or first choice. You should use this stage mainly for your own knowledge, since you want to test different strategies initially. However, it is useful knowledge to have on hand just in case.

4. Check job descriptions.

Your employer may not be lazy, but they may not fully understand what is expected of you and your colleagues. Just as jobs tend to go downhill, a sluggish manager makes this especially true. Read all relevant job descriptions, and if you discover that you are working outside the scope of your employment, talk to your manager about delegating tasks to the right person, which may be yourself.

Job responsibilities can evolve much faster than job descriptions.

In addition, roles can overlap, making it unclear who is responsible for what.

5. Contact your manager.

Even though it can be intimidating to consider discussing the performance of your boss, it is often the smartest course of action. Proceed with caution, however. Consider what the real concerns are before you go into the conversation, and raise only those topics. Instead of discussing your work directly, talk about your behavior.

Be polite and helpful. With the right attitude and the goal of having good communication with your manager, approach them.

You can talk to your boss’s boss as a last option if that doesn’t work, but remember that most employers won’t be happy that you talked to their boss.

Last but not least, you may have to take the matter up with HR.

Remember, you want to keep your job, so remain professional and optimistic during any of these conversations.

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6. Make it about you, please.

Criticizing a superior can be troublesome (1), especially if it’s about one of his or her behaviors, but it doesn’t have to be. To avoid appearing judgmental, use “I” rather than “you.” In addition, you can give advice to your team or yourself, rather than instructing your employer on how to behave.

For example, you can inform your supervisor: “I believe that if we all handed in accountability sheets every day, our team would be more effective.” If you want, I can post it so everyone has access to it. In addition to providing a remedy that will increase their accountability, you are not blaming anyone.

Alternatively, you could say, “I think we should establish a management system for this project to ensure that everyone has immediate access to resources should they need them, which could help the project get done faster and better.” With such a statement, you emphasize initiatives and solutions while creating a forum for discussion.

7. Create a list concerning your boss.

Make a record of your boss’s actions that you find distracting at work, such as instances of their laziness; be sure to include the occasion, date, and time. The list could potentially be arranged from most disruptive to least disruptive. After a few days, revisit your list and focus on a few of the most important things. Consider whether they are worth discussing with your supervisor if they are indeed as important as you initially thought.

8. Take action.

What you can’t change, accept. You’ll probably come to the conclusion that many of the items on your list aren’t really game-changers or things you can move with your supervisor in a useful way. You’ll have to decide whether to accept these conditions (which doesn’t mean you have to like them) or start looking for other employment. Consider the bigger picture.

9. Make a list of your questions.

This time, turn inward and pay more attention to yourself than to your employer. No matter how tiny or big, list every aspect of your employment that brings you joy. With all the items on your list, you may surprise yourself, as studies have shown that happiness increases perspective, which increases perspective further.

You may be grateful for your flexible schedule.

Perhaps you get paid time off on weekends and holidays.

You may enjoy making friends among your co-workers.

Your trip to work may not be too long if it’s not too far.

10. Set goals for yourself.

Think about your own career aspirations, beyond those set by your employer. Make a list of your immediate and long-term goals, then rank them in order of likelihood of success or personal importance. Take every opportunity to integrate your goals, then create an action plan.

You may want a promotion in the next six months.

Or maybe you want to get a raise.

Maybe you want to move from the morning shift to the afternoon shift.

You want to be named a leader on the next significant project.

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11. Put your emotional well-being first.

Your self-esteem, stress level, and overall satisfaction are significant. You need to take some action if your boss’s inaction is negatively affecting your work or emotional well-being, whether you decide to talk to him or seek new employment. Don’t “do nothing” at all. Remember, if you have to give up your emotional well-being to succeed in a particular job, it’s not the right fit.

It may also start a discussion about changing roles and salaries, if that makes sense.

12. Consider other career paths.

It may be time to look for a new job if you’ve tried to work things out with your supervisor but are still dissatisfied. Start building your network, updating your resume, and aggressively seeking new employment. This does not indicate failure or that your supervisor or you are in the wrong. It simply indicates that you should move on with your life.

13. Set reasonable goals.

It is crucial that you evaluate your expectations of your boss, your workplace, and yourself at the same time as assessing whether the behaviors on your list of negative boss traits are deal breakers and really important. This is crucial because it shapes your daily attitude, which has a significant impact on your emotional well-being.

14. Setting boundaries

You are aware of your job duties and responsibilities (2). Although working with others requires flexibility and an open mind, once boundaries are set, they cannot be changed. Remind your supervisor politely and professionally that additional responsibilities go beyond the limits of your current job if their indifference increases your workload.

Setting boundaries allows the employer to take stock of their own behavior. They may not realize how ineffective they are.

15. Refrain from being taken advantage of.

Your boss’s laziness probably annoys you because it affects how well you do at work or even causes extra work for you. You may believe that because they are your employer, you have no choice but to accept the way things are. Avoid being a pushover and resist being pushed around. Be a cool, composed, and professional advocate for yourself.

Try saying, “I have noticed that I am now receiving all the invoices from our suppliers, and since this is not my responsibility, I would like to pass them on to the appropriate people so that they are paid promptly and correctly,” if you feel abused, for example, because your boss’s paperwork keeps piling up on your desk.

Thank you for reading this article about how to deal with lazy boss and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here