Bad bosses are one of the most common reasons people give for hating their job. Most people choose to leave their job because of a bad boss.
Bad bosses can cause unnecessary stress on their employees, and a hostile work environment can even cause people to develop physical or mental health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, or depression.
- Distance yourself from the bad boss: The best thing to do if you have a bad boss is to try to move to a different division of your organization or to change jobs.
- Write it down: If your organization is unable to transfer you to another department, keep a detailed written account of all incidents where your boss acts unprofessionally. You’ll need this information should you decide to file a complaint against your bad boss at some point.
- Don’t act like a punching bag: Stand up to your bad boss. If he or she is treating you in a hostile or disrespectful manner, be assertive and tell them that you expect to be treated with respect.
- Take action: If your boss continues to harass you, file a complaint with your organization’s human resources department. You might also want to consult with an employment lawyer to determine if there are grounds for taking legal action against your employer. If you believe your boss has harassed or discriminated against you because of your gender, race, religion, age, or disability, you should consult with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).