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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- Suck-up skills
- Some little white lies
Avoid contact with your boss—if you see him down the hall, duck into the nearest file room; if you spy him headed toward your cubicle, pick up the phone and pantomime that you’ll get back to him.
Volunteer for work trips
Maximize your time away from the office—and, therefore, him—by being the first to volunteer when it’s announced that someone needs to check up on operations in Lapland.
Perfect your acting skills
When your boss is being a jerk, remain serene and polite—even if your head is about to explode. There’s nothing that annoys a bully more than someone who won’t rise to his taunts.
Make him sound like a slacker
Whenever anyone is looking for him, act as if you’re trying to cover for him. Everyone will assume he’s guilty of something and feel sorry for you. Apologize for his unreliability.
Keep a paper trail
Keep written proof of everything you do so the boss can’t take credit for your work.
File an anonymous report with Personnel, citing his 'unreasonable' computer use for personal business. You won’t even be lying—if he’s like the vast majority of Americans, he wastes over two hours a day on non-work-related nonsense.
Suck up to superiors
Make yourself known to your boss’s superiors. Most mean bosses get their due sooner or later, and you want to be in a position to ascend the ladder—or at least not be fired.