5 expert tips to deal with a biased boss

Do you find your boss biased towards other employees? Read on to find out expert tips to deal with him/her without having to worry anymore.

Created On: Dec 26, 2017 15:46 IST
Modified On: Jan 5, 2018 14:55 IST
5 expert tips to deal with a biased boss
5 expert tips to deal with a biased boss

If like these pigeons, you also describe your boss using these adjectives, then you must be getting tormented by a biased boss.  

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Are there some special favourites of your boss who are being praised and applauded time and again? Do you feel frustrated for slogging yourself to death and yet someone else stealing all the limelight? If you are also juggling with such questions, then you must be a victim to prejudiced boss.

But don’t you worry; we have practical tips to help you deal with a biased boss:

1. Figure out if you’re really a victim

It is important to diagnose the cause of the disease correctly, you else you will end up receiving faulty treatment. Similarly, figure out if you truly have a biased boss or you have perceived the person incorrectly. Talk to your colleagues and ask indirect questions to confirm if your boss is partial to a selected few. Pay careful attention to the conversations and the people towards them he/she grants special favour. Does the work profile of others differs from yours or are they very experienced at certain tasks and your boss doesn’t wish to risk some tasks by allotting them to others. After a matter of few days, you will get to know the real scenario.

2. Speak with your boss

If you are finding it difficult to interact with your boss in positive light, do not hesitate to talk to him/her about it. Clear the air of doubt with a dialogue in person. Share incidents when you felt ignored and sidelined. Do not ask for explanations but tell your story and let then justify the scenarios so that there is no room for further confusion. It is very important that you don’t carry any grudges in your heart if you wish to maintain increasing pace of productivity. 

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3. Seek clarity on performance measurements

If you ever find yourself stuck in such a situation, it’s high time that you seek clarity on the performance measurement factors/variables.


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During the performance appraisal cycle also, often lot of employees feel that their boss biased towards favourites. So the key to knock down this problem is to seek clarity on the performance measures. Ask for your KRA and measures on the basis of which you will be rated in the end. Once you have a clear idea of your targets and standards, it will be easy for you to figure out if your manager is really being prejudiced towards you. 

4. Discuss your issue with the HR personnel

After giving your best shot at striking a meaningful conversation on resolving the issue, if nothing works out, approach the HR personnel. They are your last resort and will look into the matter with care. Ask about the company’s anti-discrimination policies and if they can be applied in your case. You can even approach your boss’s manager and seek their advice to resolve the issue. If your company allows for open door policy, then there is no better way to resolve the issue amicably.

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5. Keep track of your work

When you blow the whistle against the discriminatory behaviour of your boss, make sure that you have sufficient proofs to backup your arguments. Maintain chronological record of your accomplishments and awards or recognitions. Record the date of incidents when you were appraised for achieving timely targets. Produce all the information when required to justify your stand. A timely track of your performance is a hallmark of your punctuality and seriousness towards work. 

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