How to Cope With a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss

By Katie Albert

While some of us have been fortunate enough to work for excellent bosses and leaders, others have to suffer under the reign of Mood McMakesyourlifemiserable.

What can you do when you find yourself working for the insufferable?

There are many times when finding employment elsewhere is just not feasible. There are many factors that come into play when considering a career move. Sometimes it’s simply not possible.

So, you’re stuck with a boss who doesn’t value your opinion or contributions. The stress of feeling like you’re constantly walking on eggshells is exhausting.


How to deal:

Vent your frustrations to a spouse or close friend. Never express your dislike for your boss with a co-worker. I don’t care how close you are, it will put both you and your co-worker in a bad position.

Avoid making waves. Go to work, do your job, do it well. Your boss may ride you regardless, but if you are on point with your job performance they won’t have a leg to stand on in terms of jeopardizing your job.

Learn to bite your tongue. This one is something of a fine art. It can be quite difficult not to stand up for yourself or what you feel is right. Obviously, the only exception to this would be if your employer is involved in some less than savory activities. Let your moral compass be your guide but leave your ego at the door.

Know company policy. It is important to read your employee handbook and keep up with changes to company policy. This not only protects you, but can help you better understand when your boss may be overstepping their bounds.

Document everything. If you feel your boss is treating you unfairly by creating a hostile work environment, breaking company policy, or by breaking the law, documentation is key. In the State of North Carolina you can audio record any conversation so long as at least one person in the conversation is aware it is being recorded. You count as that one person in a conversation between you and your boss. Use your cell phone to record from your pocket. I will caution you that some employers have policies prohibiting an employee from secretly recording their superior. So again, be informed.

Human Resources works for the company, not you. It is their job to look out for the best interest of the company. You may cause yourself more harm than good if you cry bully to HR.

It is important to remember that no employment situation is perfect. The grass is not always greener. If your boss is a jerk it can impact many aspects if your life. Do your best to cope and leave work at work. Best of luck, and who knows maybe Bossy Von Powertrip will get moved to another department or retire early.

What tips do you have? Share them in the comments below.

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