Because everyone can recall a terrible boss in their past (or present), we couldn't just leave it at "Help! I Hate My Boss (Part One)." Here's a look at five more terrible bosses and some suggestions on how to keep your cool when they're around.
Even bosses have bosses; most CEOs answer to a board of directors, or to shareholders (or both). Most people try to impress their boss, given the chance, but some people go over the top. This manager is such a brown-noser, he can't even do his job right. Need a signature? Too bad, you'll have to wait. He's too busy discussing last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" with his manager.
The good news is his little charade is probably as apparent to his boss as it is to you. No one likes a suck-up (unless he brings enough cupcakes for everyone).
Having a manager who is willing to bend silly rules for the sake of being cool is one thing. It's an entirely different matter when you know your boss is seriously violating company conduct policies (or even worse, the law).
Whatever you do, don't get involved in their game. Don't ever cover for their lies or rule-breaking, because it will only end badly. If the law's being broken, report it immediately to your manager's supervisor. Don't wait!
Company policies can be hard enough to follow without your manager coming into work with an Encyclopedia Britannica-sized handwritten policy book. Besides being annoying, it certainly isn't make them any friends (at least not on this planet).
Whatever you do, don't get in an argument with them about their new policies. Sometimes managers have good reasons that you may not have thought of for making new rules. Instead, approach your manager in a friendly way with your concerns by saying something like: "I was curious about the new policy. Is there any particular reason why we have to wear long sleeves on Thursdays?"
Over the top
You've gotta keep your great attitude at work, even around the worst customers and terrible co-workers. But sometimes managers can be a little too enthusiastic, and their unrelenting good cheer starts to sound unrealistic and patronizing.
Try to be honest with your manager about how their attitude is getting to you. If something they said comes across as insensitive, let them know. They probably didn't mean to intentionally offend anyone.
A good manager takes the blame, not the credit. Unfortunately, your boss isn't a good manager. Remember that time you had an awesome idea that increased store sales? She doesn't. The way she tells it, it was her idea.
Stealing credit for ideas that aren't theirs will catch up with them eventually. Document your ideas, and skip a level the next time you have one. That way you'll get the pat on the back, the gold star and maybe even the promotion. Just don't turn into bad boss #11!