Working for a bad boss is extremely stressful and can lead to serious health problems. We’ve put together 6 tips for handling bad bosses.
While these tips might not eliminate the problem entirely, they can help make your work environment a bit more bearable.
- Most importantly, you should rate your boss on eBossWatch. This will help warn other people about your hostile work environment, and bad bosses are beginning to realize that they cannot hide their toxic behavior. Click here to anonymously rate your boss on eBossWatch.
- If you discover that your boss is abusive or lacks basic managerial skills, start looking for another job immediately. There aren’t too many bad supervisors who suddenly change their ways and start treating coworkers and employees with respect.
- Try deflecting your boss’s aggression onto concrete, work-related issues. If you are being yelled at and attacked personally, ask your boss specific questions like, “What would you like me to do to help correct this problem?”
- Bad bosses often focus their bullying on people who they perceive as being weak and powerless. It might help if you confront your boss after an outburst and assertively explain to him or her that you should not have to put up with that kind of behavior. This might dissuade your boss from taking his or her aggression out on you.
- You should document in writing and record all instances of workplace bullying and harassment on the part of your boss in case you end up filing a complaint. Print out and save hostile and inappropriate emails that you receive from your boss, and keep a journal with detailed descriptions of all instances when your boss behaves in an abusive manner.
- As a last resort, you can take legal action and sue your employer for creating a hostile work environment or for transgressions such as sexual harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, if applicable. The decision to file a lawsuit against your boss or employer should be made only after consultations with an employment lawyer or with an organization such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Click here to search for an employment lawyer.