How to cut this many workload? Try negotiate with your boss

Dealing with Difficult Boss: How to Cut Your Workload

It is a fact that many of us do 9 to 5 jobs. This 8 hours span can be frustrating when it is fully filled by a large amount of work. This 8 hours span can also be even more frustrating when someone has to pass it while dealing with difficult boss, whether it is an incompetent, hot-headed, abuser boss or else.

How to cut this many workload? Try negotiate with your boss

Frustrated with your abundant workload?

Well, we as a human being surely have limits, not only physically but also mentally. Feeling exhausted or even bored is a normal thing that happens when we come to that limit. If so, then it is time to be more efficient or make things more efficient.

This limit I said earlier is affected by the integrity and determination that someone has. So it is easier for someone with a little amount of integrity and determination to get exhausted by their workload. You can keep in mind that communicating with this to so-called difficult boss means risking the value of someone’s integrity and determination. It is yours, and your boss.

Some Tips When Dealing With Difficult Boss


In the previous article about improving time management skills, you can see that sometimes we really need to discuss our workload with our boss. Hence, these tips will come in handy when the right time has come. Let’s take a look for these 3 tips to get a deal to cut your workload.

Let's see about some tips to cut your workload by dealing with your boss

Let’s check some tips about cutting your workload

1. Give something before asking for anything

In this case, the law of attraction may be applied. The law that says every positive experience comes by focusing your thoughts on something positive.

So, instead of saying we want to reduce the quantity of the workload, we can say that we want to increase the quality of our work. It is logical to think that less workload would give more space to focus more on the quality itself. So keep giving good quality of the work before asking to cut the quantity of the workload.

When this done, the work will be more efficient and you can ask to cut the workload with a logical reasoning. No matter your difficult your boss is, he will be glad if the quality of your work (which affecting directly his/her performance) can be improved.

2. Consider yourself to be equal

To deal with a difficult boss, we need to consider ourselves to be equal as an employee to the company. This will more likely decrease the probability of disrespect from the boss, especially from an abuser boss type.

As we can improve the quality by cutting down the quantity, we can say that we come to him/her asking to cut the workload not to help ourselves, but to help the company itself. We all are working for the company’s good sake, and improving your performance will directly improve the boss’s performance, which also lead to improving the company’s performance.

With this mindset, you can get a connection with your boss and hopefully, your workload can be reduced. Do not forget to give the suggestion of either hiring new person, switching jobs, or pass certain jobs to other that is more suitable.

3. Improve the gesture

People do judge a book by its cover. That is why we need to learn the best gesture when talking to our boss.

Some of the good gestures you can try when talking with difficult boss:

  1. Maintaining eye contact, but not to stare, you can shift your eyes to the forehead sometimes.
  2. Keep out your hands from your head. It makes you look nervous or bored.
  3. Talk clearly, not too fast and not too slow to strengthen up the confidence.
  4. Nodding sometimes when talking as a sign of ‘agreement’. When you do this, the subconscious mind of your boss will indirectly agree with your thought. Of course, do not exaggerate your amount of nodding or he/she will think you are a weirdo.

Those gestures will help to express your needs better and increase the chance of an agreement with your boss despite his/her hot-headed/abuser mind.

Are You Ready to Practice It?


Dealing with difficult boss may be tough. But it is only one of many problems that will occur in a work life. Three examples above can be done nicely if you have a good integrity and determination in your job, even though you lack negotiation skills. It is a common sense that those two values have a real impact on someone’s performance.

Dealing with difficult boss is tough, so practice it

Are you ready to deal with your boss?

Of course, when the time comes, you may want to practice it with a friend. Practice makes perfect. However, if you consider negotiation will be worthless, there is a good chance you lack either confidence or integrity with your job. You may want to read this article about how to live with your passion, so you can find a good amount of integrity within yourself.

If you have another suggestion about dealing with difficult boss, specifically when asking to cut your workload, kindly leave a comment :)

Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.
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6 comments

  1. It can be so crippling when you don’t know how to deal with work situations-especially when it is your boss! It is a fine line between getting out of the job to feel better and facing the situation head on because sometimes if you don’t face the situation you are just going to come a across a similar pattern in another work scenario. Sometimes it can be best for our personal development to face it rather than walk away. As crappy as some bosses can be, sometimes they can teach us something that will make us more resilient in the future.

    1. Hi Li, very agree with that :) Throughout my careers, I have faced many type of boss. Some ‘crappy’ bosses really have traits that you usually find in stupid comedy boss-employee movies (means, they are based on a ‘real’ boss).

      Facing against them actually taught me some good lessons about leadership. So, sometimes having a bad boss doesn’t always mean the end of your world. When it is enough, then we can consider to change our job :) Thanks for sharing your opinion

  2. That is a very good article and I could actually picture myself talking to a difficult boss. I laughed so hard about the nodding of the head and not being a weirdo. That is so funny. I had a very difficult boss once and had to quit the job because I did not no how to deal with her. She screamed all the time in a panic and made everyone miserable even herself. She tried to do nothing but screamed at us to do more than what was reasonable. I wish I had saw this article before that. I will be bookmarking your site for future reference. I am a bit sensitive to hateful and mean people but I must learn to deal better with those kinds. Thanks so much for the information.

    1. HAHA you got it right! I really imagined it when I wrote about don’t nodding too many times and found it weird, so i just jot it down to make sure none of you will do the same thing :) (Or this whole effort will be blown away because your boss is annoyed by your nods).

      I can understand you somewhat about your boss. My previous boss also has his ‘strange’ behavior that won’t bother with anything you said, unless he is in a tired condition. Sometimes we also need to see the timing when we will discuss it to our boss to have a good result.

      OK, I’ll be waiting for your next visit :)

  3. Dealing with a difficult boss can be an exhausting process. I would advise writing down everything you want to say first and practising. Remember, if you want to sell the idea of reducing your work load, you need to show how it will help you boss (reduced overheads, better productivity etc). He is much more likely to agree then.

    1. Hi Lou. Great advice. Writing down everything you want to say can be helpful, although you may need to go with a bullet list rather than a long speech :) As long as we talk calmly and clearly to our boss, there is a good chance that he/she will listen and finally able to reduce your workload :)

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