How to Help Your Boss When He/She Is Having a Bad Day

English: The face of a black windup alarm clock
English: The face of a black windup alarm clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You know how it happens – the boss comes in and she’s cranky.  Her dog made a mess in her shoe because her alarm clock didn’t go off and the dog didn’t get let out when it needed to and then she went to start the car and found that she had a flat tire and then the traffic was horrible.  We’ve all had those days.
And the truth is that your boss’s mood when they come in can affect everyone!  Not only does it put them on edge but everyone seems to pick up on it and in turn becomes cranky and irritable.

So, what can you do?  Here are a few things you can do to help your boss when he/she is in a bad mood:
  • Greet them with a smile – smiling faces make a big difference. 
  • Give your boss an opportunity to vent.  Venting about little things like this often makes you realize that it isn’t that big of a deal and it makes you feel better.  A simple statement like, “Are you ok?  Is there anything you want to talk about?” can give them the chance to get it off their chest.
  • Give them time – sometimes the boss just needs a little bit of time to move on to something else so unless it is really critical that someone see them ask them to come back in half an hour.  Depending on the type of person your boss is you might want to come right out and ask them if they want to see anyone.  That will give them the opportunity to tell you that they need some time without visitors.
Everyone has those days where they just need a little bit more time in the morning and a bad morning can get out of hand fast when everyone is banging on your door.

Help your boss out by giving them a little space if you can see they’ve had a bad day.  Give them a smile and a chance to vent.  When your boss gets past whatever it was that put them in the bad mood in the first place and gets back to normal everyone will thank you.
Now if you boss is like that all the time…that’s another blog post!