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12 Days of Stressmas

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9.) Deck the halls — not your irritating boss.

After 12 months of dealing with this turd, the next nasty e-mail he sends might drive you to snap his pencils. You've got a few dates lined up, but El Jefe may want you to stay late and clean out your cache file. You've got to make a preemptive strike.

Game Plan: "Speak to your superior and tell him you want to express your gratitude for your professional growth," says Stephen Pollan, author of the best-seller Fire Your Boss. "That might make him feel awkward about putting too much pressure on you. Think of it as renewing your vows." Which makes sense — after all, considering how much time you spend at the office, your boss might as well be your wife. Without the cooking skills or PMS.

Bonus: If "the chief" asks you to work on something that takes away from your
social time, take a step back and think about it. Maybe it really does need to get done and
you just have to suck it up. If you think it can wait — or that someone else should be handling it — approach your boss calmly and rationally and explain why.

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