How to Prevent Boss From Finding Fault With Your Work

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Tension with a boss at work can be very stressful and can lead to dissatisfied employees. If you work, or have ever worked, with a boss who nit-picked all of your shortcomings as a worker, you know how stressful it can be. If your boss is always finding fault with your work, it can lead to feelings of anxiety and dread, and potentially serious health problems such as depression if you are not careful.


Utilizing a few simple techniques, you can turn things around and prevent your boss from finding fault with your work.

  • Don't react to harsh criticism in an emotional manner. While it may be tempting to argue with your boss when he acts rude, you set yourself up for additional criticism. Stay calm when your boss approaches you with a problem, and listen to what he or she has to say.

  • Develop a positive relationship with your boss and co-workers. Don't confront your boss about what you believe she is doing wrong. Praise your boss and co-workers when they do a good job. Show your boss how you want to be treated, and show that you have a high standard of behavior.

  • Discuss difficulties you have with your job before your boss has the chance to approach you. Be proactive. Ask for help with the task, or for guidance from your boss. Your boss may be less likely to criticize your performance if you show respect for his advice.

  • Review your performance regularly and try to do the best job you can. It's harder to find fault in your work if you're taking proactive measures to do a better job. In sports, it is said that the best defense is a good offense, and the same holds true for preventing your boss from finding fault with your work. Plus, taking active measures to being a good employee will boost your self confidence.

  • Report your boss to a supervisor if your boss has escalated his or her criticisms to verbal abuse. Discuss with your boss' supervisor the treatment you've experienced and that you are not satisfied. Request to be moved to a different department if possible. Change jobs or careers if you find that your boss's behavior is beyond repair.

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