What to do if you don't like your boss
It is by no means a new issue, but the inauguration of Trump has brought to light how important it is for a leader to get buy in from those that they are leading; be it in the political sphere or in the work place. A breakdown in communication, respect or trust can destroy any office relationship, making even the most engaged employee question whether the role is worth it. However, your issues with your big bad boss aren’t going to go away on their own; if you want to improve office life it is time to do something about it.
Are you in this alone?
Firstly, although there is no benefit in partaking in office gossip and complaining about your boss – no matter how badly you want to vent – it can be helpful to subtly enquire with your colleagues and find out if they are experiencing the same issues as you are. If you discover that you are the only one with the problem, then it might be down to a clash of personalities rather than a reflection of your boss’ professional capabilities. If however, your colleagues feel the same way, it often makes it a lot easier to broach the problem (there is a lot to be said for safety in numbers) just ensure you remain professional.
Evaluate the issues at hand
Inevitably, spending so much time together in the workplace opinions will differ and people will irritate each other. It is crucial to assess whether the issues are manageable or if they are deep rooted. Once this has been ascertained, it can be used as a basis to formulate a plan of how to tackle any animosity. You don’t necessarily want to make a snap decision and throw in the towel on a job you love just because you aren’t your boss’ biggest fan. Weigh up what you value about your role and the company to determine if the good surpasses the bad.
Talk it out
It is a well-acknowledged fact that communication is key, but if you do decide to broach the subject with your boss be sure to do it in a sensitive manner. You won’t achieve anything by steamrolling in; instead aim to maintain a rational and calm discussion, after all they are your senior whether you like it or not! It can be useful to involve a neutral third party or HR, to ensure that both sides of the story are heard and that all parties are listening. Bear in mind, that your boss might not even realise there is a problem, so an open and honest conversation can make all the difference.
Too much to handle
Whilst many people feel that snitches should remain in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, you don’t have to suffer silently if your boss still isn’t listening to how you feel. We aren’t suggesting you make a direct accusation and throw your weight around, but involving HR and your boss’ superiors, whilst somewhat controversial, can be a way of opening up a dialogue and highlighting the issue to those who can make a difference. If you still love the business, it is also worthwhile to consider the option of moving into a different role or team, if opportunity allows, as this could reduce office tensions and make Monday mornings bearable again.
Worst comes to worst
Walk away. Life is far too short to be miserable and we spend too much time in the office to dread going in. Yes, it might not seem fair in your eyes or fit in with your intended progression route but if you have tried all the above it is a reasonable consideration as you might be a lot better off elsewhere. A company’s culture can be its biggest asset and whilst it is organically grown and added to by its employees, it needs to be promoted, ingrained and lived by those at the top. Leaving an unhealthy office environment gives you the chance to find a business who’s culture suits you, and will ultimately make your time in work far more enjoyable.
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