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How to Deal with a Difficult Boss While on Assignment

Some people think working as a traveling healthcare professional will help get rid of something that’s the bane of employees everywhere: the awful boss. Luckily, working as a traveler certainly means that you won’t have to work for a bad boss forever.

Still, you will come across a difficult/bad assignment supervisor at some point in your travel career.

So, read below for some tips on how to deal with the individual and make your assignment a better one.

First of all, you’ll have to ascertain what “kind” of bad boss your boss is. Is he/she a bully? Incompetent? Untrustworthy? There are many different kinds. This article will deal with a bad boss in general: someone with whom you just don’t see eye-to-eye on some important level.

  1. Remember, you are on the assignment for a short period of time. You can stand anything, can’t you? However, if your assignment is longer and you find it increasingly difficult to work with your supervisor, contact your staffing manager to discuss your situation. Your staffing manager may be able talk to your assignment manager and/or remove you from the assignment and find you another one. In addition, if your boss verbally or physically abuses or harasses you, contact your staffing manager immediately.
  2. It is a worker’s job to please his or her boss. If you feel your boss is being unreasonable, before deciding you can’t possibly work with the individual and that the problem lies with the boss, think first about what you may be doing or thinking that is impacting your relationship with your boss. Perhaps previous bosses were a little more lax than this one as to how many minutes late you could be from a break. This boss may be more of a stickler, but you’re so used to being able to be late, that you find you really are being a tad lax. Time to get back from your break on time.
  3. Does your boss have a quirk that you find annoying or one that makes your workday harder? Does the boss, for example, provide little direction? If so, take a moment when given a task or assignment to tell your boss what you believe he or she is looking for and then ask if this is correct.
  4. Sometimes conflict occurs because a boss and employee process information differently. Your boss may be a visual speaker (“I see that you’ve completed the job”). While you may be more of a feelings person (“I sense that you’re not happy”). If you believe that you and your boss aren’t seeing eye-to-eye because you – literally – experience the world differently, take a day or two to observe how your boss interacts with other people and listen, to how he or she speaks to others. Does she talk with feeling words (“I feel,” “I believe”), or visual words (“I see,” “Do you get the picture?”). If so, aim to speak to your boss in the way he or she sees the world. Instead of saying, “I see that you want me to do thus and such,” if your boss is a feelings-type person, say instead: “I feel you want me to do… ”
  5. One of your jobs is to make your boss’ job easier. So, aim to find out what his or her goals are for the department. What are your boss’ challenges? What does he or she value? Then help your boss achieve what he or she is looking to achieve. You’ll be amazed how well you and your boss get along if you can do that!

The average travel healthcare assignment is 13 weeks. Rejoice in the fact that this bad boss won’t be your boss for long and look forward to your next assignment as a healthcare traveler with MedPro Healthcare Staffing. Contact us today: your next terrific boss is waiting!