How to cope with a control-freak boss

Controlling bosses can make the workplace a living hell, but winning their trust is essential to improving office relations.

So says Kaley Klemp, an executive coach and co-author of “The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss”.

“Trust is a big, big deal,” said Klemp, who wrote the book with her fellow coach and dad, Jim Warner. “Controllers are looking for those who are on their side.”

With “National Boss Day” right around the corner on Oct. 17, Klemp said now’s a good time to think about how to smooth things over with an unruly micromanager before a bad situation gets worse.

According to Klemp’s statistics, some 46 percent of employees work for or have worked for an unreasonable boss at some point in their careers.

White House tackles job flexibility

This afternoon the White House is hosting a Workplace Flexibility Forum in response to a report released by the Council of Economic Advisers, titled “Work-life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility.”

The CEA study showed that more than 50 percent of employers surveyed reported allowing at least some workers to periodically change their starting and quitting times. The study also showed about 20 percent of employers allow some of their employees to work from home on a regular basis.

The CEA said many employers cited benefits such as reduced rates of absenteeism and turnover, improved health of their workers, and increased productivity in adopting more flexible work schedules, but added nearly a third of firms said flexibility measures were too costly to implement.