We often hear of discrimination in the work place amongst staff members, but we don’t often here about prejudices from management. Biased bosses do exist though, and they’re a massive issue for thousands of employees up and down the country.
How does it affect people?
Well biased bosses offer advantages to those staff members they prefer, they leave those they don’t favour behind, and can often incite bullying.
So how do you handle a biased boss?
Talk to them
In some instances, your boss may be being biased unintentionally. A bias is often engrained into an individual’s personality, so your boss might not even realise how their actions are being perceived. If you suspect this is the case, then the best course of action is to talk to them about it.
Make a log
If you want to take action, having specific dates and times that an event occurred is useful. When something happens, log it – write down when, where, and what. It’ll prove important when speaking to other people about your boss’s bias, or to superior management.
Go over their head
If your boss is being bias deliberately, and it doesn’t seem like they’re showing much remorse, it’s time to go over their head. Now you’re armed with a log of their actions you can speak to their boss or human resources and discuss the issues you are facing.
Round up the troops
If it is obvious to you that your boss has shown bias in the work place, it may be obvious to other employees who feel like they’re being overlooked. Take advantage by banding together, and discussing various biases that your boss has shown, noting them down, and going to your superiors together.
A team of voices is much louder than just one.
You shouldn’t have to put up with a bias boss. It can stunt your career growth and hurt morale.