Being a programmer, I have had my boss for close to 6 years, and so far I have managed to keep a distance from him during the time we've worked together. I deal with him whenever there is need to like when he requests that I do something, or when something I'm doing involves him, but any other business I try not to interfere with him or intervene in business that does not include me.
We have dealt at loggerheads for a number of projects, but over the years I have learnt that his negative being is not only towards me, but anything in his path, as other employees have been subjected to the same if not worse since he has worked with them more years than me.
- When he does not get attention from you, he teases you with personal matters.
- When you quietly approach him with a question that might need his input, he may put it off or find a way to make you the subject of the matter, than work plain leveled with you on fixing the issues.
- He is able to attach you to a problem to make you the subject, or reference your inefficiency when things go down, instead of admitting the problem and working to solve it.
Lately, because of his over investment into the company, he has been getting a lot of reviews in the negative because of the issues his implementations have caused to the company. A number of issues such as theft, inconsistency, bugs and incompatibility with desirable business processes has made his ideas unwelcome in the company from no technical bosses.
With his autocratic rule, he has been for years been able to manage to keep attention off him, and get relief from staff turnover, as people note the irrationality of his ideas and way of management, and rather seek to find new jobs instead of having to put up with him.
Unfortunately, this time, things are so bad in the economy that people can't cope with excuses, and management is working tirelessly to make processes effective and not just sufficient. He cannot find an answer to a problem, and he is suggesting 6 of us to be responsible, but without providing evidence, and asking us to prove our innocence.
We have heard this through one of us, so far I am now thinking how to deal with him in the event he brings these irrational assertions to me. I will not vent, but I am tired of leaving him not only affecting the employees, but the company as well as it will keep losing valuable staff to irrational behavior.
Of the options I have is:
- Discussing with him with our other employees how his behavior has been irrational over the years and affected projects and that it is not different in this case.
- Keeping quiet through the process and see how far he takes this and just be ready for what management bring to us.
how best can one deal with the boss who is now implicitly forcing you to react to his irrational behavior.