How to handle conflicts with your boss
The best strategy to avoid conflict is to listen, watch, and pay attention. In other words, a savvy employee will try to figure out what makes the boss happy and what “pushes their buttons.” Everyone has their own set of beliefs, styles, and comfort zones. The boss will react when people say the wrong thing at the wrong time. If people pay attention, they can avoid those types of situations.
Express behind closed doors
If a viewpoint must be expressed, it is often better to do it behind closed doors. Even if the supervisor is doing something wrong, they probably don’t want to be confronted in a public setting like a meeting. Therefore, the boss may be more open to questions and concerns if they do not have to worry about being embarrassed in the meeting room.
Sometimes conflicts are best handled in a location that is not the office. There are some supervisors that are able to be “normal” even in the office, but some feel that must maintain a certain image when they are behind that desk. Getting them off-site for a coffee or lunch may make it easier and less threatening to talk about issues that need to be resolved…