Many of us think more bad than good of our bosses, which is a shame: Your relationship with your manager could impact your day-to-day productivity, salary, job satisfaction and even your health. And while there are supervisors who do an excellent job motivating and managing staff, there are others who are overbearing or cowardly, micromanagerial or detached, too friendly or too critical.
Being an effective manager takes skill and training, and not every higher-up has the chops. U.S. News' Twitter chat will help.
In our discussion, we'll provide pointers on spotting a bad boss as early as the interview stage, plus give communication tips for dodging and dealing with a current bad boss's temperament. And we welcome you to bring your questions to the chat for our experts to answer. Tweets should include our hashtag, #badbosses, but shouldn't include the name of the company you work for or any specifics that could identify it. Please also omit your boss's name from your tweets.
Here are some additional details you should know:
What: A live Twitter chat with first-rate management experts who will discuss working with an ineffective manager. Join our conversation by using the hashtag #badbosses.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. EST.
Read more about our experts:
Robert I. Sutton is a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, where he is co-founder of the Center for Work Technology & Organizations, Stanford Technology Ventures Program and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. BusinessWeek named Sutton one of 10 "B-School All-Stars," described as "professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking far beyond the halls of academia." His books include "The Knowing-Doing Gap" (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), "Weird Ideas That Work" and two New York Times best-sellers, "The No Asshole Rule" and "Good Boss, Bad Boss." His next book, "Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less" (with Huggy Rao), will be published in February 2014. Sutton is a fellow at the global design firm IDEO and an academic director of three Stanford executive education programs: Leadership for Strategic Execution, Customer-Focused Innovation and a new online program called the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate. He blogs at Work Matters.
Alison Green is the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, including hiring and firing. As the blogger behind Ask a Manager, she functions as the Dear Abby of the workplace, answering readers' questions daily on career, job search and management issues. She's also the author of two books: "How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager" and "Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results." Green is also a contributor on U.S. News' On Careers blog.