Unit 08 :
What makes a bad boss?


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Repeat these words with your teacher and try to use them to make sentences

1. drives me crazy (phr.)
to upset, irritate, or annoy one to the point of distraction. 

2.  fair share (n.)
a reasonable amount

3. respect (v.)
admiration felt or shown for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities

4. mean (adj.)  
to express or represent something such as an idea, thought, or fact

5. annoying (adj.)  
making you feel slightly angry

6. yelled at (phr.)  
to address someone or something with a loud cry or shout

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Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Oh man, I love my job, but sometimes my boss drives me crazy!

I know what you mean. I’ve had my fair share of bad bosses.

He doesn’t respect his staff. And in yesterday’s meeting, he was really mean.

That must have been annoying. You should give him some feedback.

Haha no thanks! I don’t want to get yelled at. Anyway, how’s your new boss?

He’s friendly, but he’s young, so he doesn’t have a lot of experience.

That can be a problem. People need a boss who can help them grow.

Yeah, exactly, I want to move up in the company, but it’s difficult.

That’s too bad. Hopefully you get the support you need soon.

Yeah, thanks. But maybe it’s time I work for myself.

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Read the article with your teacher.

How to professionally deal with a bad boss

Business UNIT 08 What makes a bad boss

Talk to this boss. Tell the boss what you need to succeed in terms of direction, feedback, and support. Be polite and focus on your needs. You need to tell the boss exactly what you need from them. Telling the boss that he or she is a bad boss is counterproductive and won’t help you meet your goals.

Ask the manager how you can help them reach the goals they want to achieve. Make sure you listen well and provide the needed assistance they request.

Seek a mentor from among other managers or more skilled peers, with the full knowledge and cooperation of your current manager, to enlarge your opportunity for experience.

If you’ve taken these actions, and they haven’t worked, go to your boss’s manager and ask for assistance. Or, you can go to your Human Resources staff first, to rehearse and gain advice. Understand that your current boss may never forgive you, so ensure that you have done what you can do with your boss, before taking your issues up the line.

You may never hear what the boss’s boss or the HR staff did to help solve your bad manager’s behavior. It’s confidential. But, do allow some time to pass for the actions to have their desired impact.

Source: The Balance Careers, “How to professionally deal with a bad boss”

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Answer the following questions to your teacher.

1.What to do when you have a bad boss?

2. Another study found that employees end up working longer (two years, on average) for toxic bosses than nontoxic bosses. Why?

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Let’s practice

Choose the correct answer.

1. Of course I don’t mind helping you at work-We are partners ______.

A. anyway
B. anything
C. someway
D. somehow

2. My co-workers were ____   ____ each other this morning.

yelling / at / crying / on

3. Have you had any negative ____ from customers about the new product?

A. support
B. experience
C. respect
D. feedback

4. John ____ me ____ ____ on this job.

needs / a lot of / support / experience / gave