5 ways to deal with a dismissive boss

Having a boss who is curt and who glosses over your professional achievements and contributions can be demoralising. If you have a dismissive boss, chances are you will react by withdrawing and not contributing optimally to the organisation. This can be upsetting and detrimental to your professional journey. We bring you suggestions from experts on how you can deal with such people. Do you see a pattern? It may be in the inherent nature of your boss to be a little brusque and/or distant.  "It is a good idea to observe your boss over a period of time to see whether it's only you on the receiving end of his dismissive attitude.  If you observe a pattern, it may be your boss' normal behaviour," said Anthony Joseph, Global HR head, Hinduja Global Solutions. Seek regular feedback Proactively reach out to your boss to ask about your performance.  "It will be hard for any boss to dismiss requests for feedback sessions. These sessions would not only benefit the employee by helping him or her measure achievements, but also build a regular connection with the boss, which would be helpful in the long run," said Arjun Pratap, founder, EdGE Networks. Keep communication lines open It is important to understand the real intent behind your boss' dismissive attitude rather than conclude that you are unwanted in the team, said Aditya Narayan Mishra, CEO of CIEL HR Services.  "It is a good idea to keep lines of communication open and avoid focusing on specific words of criticism." Get your work noticed A dismissive boss will be prone to glossing over your work and professional achievements. "Have a clear agreement about the milestones you will chase and the specific timelines against each. Be sure to document these results and showcase the impact," said Mishra. Make yourself heard Every organisation has various mechanisms to allow employees to be heard on different issues. "Make use of feedback mechanisms, like employee satisfaction surveys, help desks, and skip-level meetings to bring your concerns to the authorities. It is imperative to use such forums with level-headedness and maturity," said Joseph. Source: