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Nine Ways to Handle a Bad Boss


Some people don't quit their job, they quit their boss.

5. Find a "Mentor Boss" to help problem-solve your "Tormentor Boss." Every company has at least one wise and non-gossip-oriented supervisor who understands the company's needs and culture. Re-evaluate your "P/S List" with them. Edit again.

6. Schedule a meeting with your boss. Consider how there's safety in numbers – as long as the added people you bring in to the meeting with you are "safe" That means they should be able to discuss problems in a warm, open spirit -- not as a "group lynching." By uniting with trusted, emotionally-balanced colleagues, your presented "P/S list" will have more impact on your boss.

7. Begin your talk by acknowledging how you're sure your boss is completely unaware of his/her actions -- and how you hope this meeting will be positive for all involved. Give your boss a typed-up copy of your "P/S" list. Your boss will pay more attention knowing the talk is on documented official record.

8. Don't leave until everyone has appropriate expectations - and a measurable way to gauge change.

9. Only as an extreme last resort should you report your boss to a supervisor or HR. Recognize if you do, you'll run the risk of being pegged a trouble-maker – attracting new stresses.

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© Karen Salmansohn

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