How to Handle an Impractical Boss

Do you have a boss who’s a bit out of touch with reality? If so, listen up.

A piece in today’s New York Post will be right up your alley. The good news is having an unrealistic boss can force you outside your comfort zone.

Gregory Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes in the piece, “Sometimes a boss’s expectations are unrealistic, but sometimes employees don’t realize what’s possible until they are pushed beyond their comfort zones.”

Plus, he suggests quantifying everything after you’re pushed into the uncomfortable zone. That is, document the hours spent in meeting deliverables along with the number of people involved and number of weeks it took to complete the project.

Factor in additional delays for other projects which were shelved due to your priorities. Instead of getting on a soapbox about the quantifiable things, simply highlight them in a constructive way to your boss.

He adds, “And use your honest appreciation for your business and your obvious commitment to recruit friends to the cause. People will listen if you’re detailed, persistent and always deliver.”