How to Deal with Your Nightmare Boss

How to Deal with Your Nightmare Boss

A nightmare boss can turn your work life into misery. But what can you do about it – and when should you cut your losses?
There’s an old saying that people join companies and leave bosses/managers. As a result, it is said that the number one reason for people leaving their jobs is their boss. True or not, but the boss you hate can make your work life turn into misery.

A nightmare boss can turn your work life into misery. But what can you do about it – and when should you cut your losses?

There’s an old saying that people join companies and leave bosses/managers. As a result, it is said that the number one reason for people leaving their jobs is their boss. True or not, but the boss you hate can make your work life turn into misery. So what should you do about it?

First, check if any of your colleagues support your view on your boss. If not, it means your relationship towards him is very personal. But it would be a good thing – if it’s personal, it’s going to be easy to improve things.

List all the things you don’t like about the boss and why things don’t work out between you two. There are probably going to be some big assumptions, so you will need to validate them. Next, rank the list from most annoying to least annoying. Pick the top two or three worst offenses and develop some suggestions for how your boss could act differently in those situations.

Next, be realistic. Your boss will always be above you, so there’s nothing much you can do about it – he is not going to change. The only thing that can change is your approach towards the boss. If your boss is crazy about timing, come to work 15 minutes earlier. Learn to do a great job or at least a better job.

Most bad bosses hate surprises, so make sure to communicate everything. Regularly, let your boss know what’s going on – emails, meetings, etc. However, don’t overdo the communication; learn the timing and process that seems to work best for your boss. By doing this you will also learn other information that will help you help your boss look good.

Also, try not to be so focused on your boss’s bad personality traits; change your perspective. Try to find something you like about him. Maybe your boss is good at networking? Focus on it and learn something from them.

You can always speak to your colleagues about your boss. What should and shouldn’t you do? Ask for any tips about working and approaching him. Besides, if you all hate him, you can work together on the coping strategies!

You’ll be surprised, but sometimes these small little steps are all you need to overcome your struggle.

Whatever you do, ignoring the problem is the worst option. Misery at work can affect your entire life, and you don’t want that to happen. Everything is up to you. You can quit this job and find another one, but you can’t wait forever for things to change.

But if you have tried all the possible ways to deal with it and you still feel miserable–quit the job. Life is too short to spend it in misery. There are plenty of good bosses who want enthusiastic and diligent people to work for them.

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