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4 Ways to deal with a difficult boss

In an ideal world, we would all have fantastic managers who helped us succeed, made us feel valued, and who were just all-around great people. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Being happy at the workplace is crucial to your overall wellbeing, and because we spend so much time in the office, it is important for us to be happy at work. If you are unhappy at work because of your boss, here are 4 things you can do that will help you better deal with a difficult boss.

Make sure that it’s not you

This might be a difficult one to admit to, but before you get all worked up, make sure that it’s not you being a bit sensitive. Before trying to fix your difficult boss, make sure you really are dealing with one. Is there a reason for their behaviour, or are you being too hard on them? Remember that the business world can be a tough place and your boss will probably be a busy person – so if they don’t always behave exactly how you feel they should, try not to take it too personally.

Give it a bit of time

We all have bad days, weeks or even months where family issues or other external things might affect your performance in the workplace. If your boss has suddenly started acting out of the ordinary or being a little abrupt with you, there may be a valid reason why. Try to put yourself in your boss’s shoes. What would you expect out of your employees? Once you can envision what your boss might be going through, then it might be easier for you to be empathic to their situation. So before you make any rash decisions, give it a bit of time. It may be that your boss is busy and needs to get on top of things or they may have other problems.

Address the issue

One of the best way to deal with a difficult boss is by simply documenting everything and eventually scheduling a meeting with them to privately discuss how their behaviour is making you feel. Have the courage to speak up rather than suffer in silence or complain loudly to colleagues. Don’t prejudge and assume they aren’t able to take feedback, or don’t care about how miserable you are at the workplace.

Look for a new job

Not every situation is in your control. If push comes to shove, and you have tried everything and see that nothing is working, then it might be time for you to look for another job. Life is too short to be miserable, so find a place that is a culture fit and makes you happy to go to work every day.

Remember you spend most of your time at work and it’s better to be happy than to take a big pay cheque home if you are miserable. Whatever you do, always make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and your work is not suffering. If you are looking for a new career opportunity, we may be able to help you with that! Have a look at our job section to see what jobs we currently have available.