Five ways to deal with an overanxious boss

Keep your cool
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Keep your cool

A crucial part of the work environment is your relationship with your boss. The work environment can turn seriously stressful if you are saddled with a boss who suffers from overanxiety. Prachi Verma Dadhwal gets you tips from experts on how to deal with such a boss.

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Get real
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Get real

Once you have figured out that your boss is overanxious, it becomes easier to deal with the person. "Setting expectations very clearly at the outset will ensure that your boss does not micromanage you," says Rajendra Mehta, chief people officer, DHFL. "Better still, make a plan, discuss roles in detail and then chalk out a plan about how you will adhere to deadlines."

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Solve problems
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Solve problems

"Make it a point to go to your boss with solutions instead of merely explaining the problem," says Shantanu Das, chief human resources officer, Amway India. "Raising an issue and not having a recommended way of dealing with the same, can most of the times lead to overarching stress for your superior."

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Empathise
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Empathise

Try not to overreact when confronted with an overanxious boss. Take a moment and try stepping into your manager's shoes. "Sometimes, your manager may not be intrinsically arranged to show overanxiety but rather be driven by a few external factors," says Das. Empathising may help the boss stay calm and see things in perspective.

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Give updates
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Give updates

"This will ensure there is a sense of involvement and participation from your boss, thereby diminishing any possible anxiousness," says Mehta.

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Listen well
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Listen well

A manager who may suddenly show symptoms of anxiety could be facing issues either at work or personal front. "If you think your boss has just recently started overreacting, listen to him/her with all your senses and encourage your boss to talk to someone about what’s going on," says Das.

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