How Do You Deal With A Bad Boss?

How Do You Deal With A Bad Boss?

Nothing puts a damper on your work life like a bad boss, but at times — particularly in a down economy —s imply finding a new job isn’t an option.

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Career blogger Marci Alboher interviews the authors of a book called Working for You Isn’t Working for Me about dealing with difficult problems with your boss, who in turn offer a few useful tips for coping. For example:

It’s important to be able to identify exactly what the boss does that bothers you. But it’s equally important to craft a plan for re-charging yourself. You want to restore your energy (through exercise, meditation, or healthy escapes), repair your emotional state and re-build your confidence (write down your successes everyday, find places to showcase your talents).

If things are really bad, there really isn’t much you can do but start looking for an exit strategy from your current job (and the authors agree with this). That said, we’ve all dealt with a tough boss at some point in our work lives, so why don’t you share how you coped with it in the comments.

How to cope with a bad boss [Yahoo Shine]


  • Had to deal with just this exact thing a couple of weeks ago. I tried the approach of trying to place myself into my boss’s shoes. Trying to see why he might be shouting or screaming or behaving like a spoilt little child. Is it my work? No. My conrbution? No. Did I ever argue with him? No.
    So why is he threatening me with written warnings even though I never punched any of my co-workers?
    Is it to stimulate me to work harder? Do I smell bad?

    I found out in the end that this was my boss’s way to try and get rid of you, instead of just firing you on the spot for no reason, he would just throw tantrums to irritate you while you are already putting in 10 hours a day, and shut you out of any normal conversation.

    So there was only one way out. Resign and find a new job. Because I can tell you right now. No matter how hard you try and cope or rcharge yourself. If your boss is a complete douche and he has got you in his sights, then you are as good as fires/resigned.

    • If you know it wasn’t you, then after the deed is done, try not to hit yourself on the head about it either. You made the right choice. Sure you might have lasted a couple of more weeks, but eventually anyone would have gone insane and just quit.
      So you did notget him the satisfaction of firing you, you left with your career intact.

      Getting fired is probably the worst that can happen to you. If your boss is an unforgiving @£$%, he will most certainly 90% of the time blacklist you.
      It also does not look well on your resume.

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