Coronavirus: Working From Home For A Boss From Hell

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Good news, bad news: Many people get to work from home during the pandemic, but some of them may be dealing with micromanaging bosses. 

Rick Cobb, executive vice president at Challenger Gray & Christmas in Chicago, says employees should at least be aware of why their bosses may be using too heavy of a hand.

“They like their old job they used to have, which you now have, and they feel more comfortable with that, so it’s a way to reconnect,” Cobb tells WBBM Newsradio’s Cisco Cotto on the latest WBBM In Depth podcast on coronavirus. 

“But more commonly, it’s just flat-out fear: ‘I need to be in authority, I like the power, and this is the only way that I can do it.’”

Employees, meantime, have to be careful they’re not too pliant under overbearing bosses, Cobb said. He advises figuring out your boss and ways to make them less fearful. 

“We’re managing the micromanager. It’s not a level playing field.”