We’ve all had to deal with difficult people in school, from bullies to terror teachers who give low grades for lolz. But the immaturity, backstabbing, and drama don’t stop once you join the workforce. Unfortunately, in the “real” world, you’re bound to meet people who will backstab and bully you until you break down. Sometimes that person may even be your own boss. Here are some tips on how to deal with a bad boss bully:
Be The Mature One
If your boss likes to talk about you behind your back, just pretend that you don’t know about it. Just prove to her/him that you are not what they say you are and they’re just bullies who like to pick on people. Also always remember that karma is real, so if they talk dirty behind your back, it will most likely come back to haunt them.
Be The Leader
If your boss can’t act like a leader, then be one. A leader is someone who looks out for the team and is basically a team player, whereas a bad boss is someone who just enjoys ordering people around. So if you think that your boss isn’t a leader, then you take charge, but don’t overstep your boundaries. Just look out for your teammates.
If you think that your current job isn’t really the type of work you want to do for the rest of your life, just focus on learning and gaining experience. Experience is the key in order to get a better job. Also, dealing with a difficult boss can help you learn what kinds of people you want to work with in the future.
Prove Your worth
Remember that no matter how hard a person brings you down, you know yourself more. Don’t ever listen to the harsh words they say, because you’ve worked hard in order to be part of the organization you’re in. Who knows? Maybe the reason why your boss is less than civil to you is because he/she feels threatened by you.
If your boss criticizes you too much or gets too personal, then it’s time to go to HR. Giving criticism about your work is fine, but don’t let it get out of hand. Remember that you are professionals and should conduct yourself as such.
Always be one step ahead of your boss! When he/she start questioning your outputs, proudly say that you’ve finished them even before it’s due. Being advanced is one way to slap your boss with the reality that you are more competent than they think you are.
Seek Advice From Others
Seek advice from seniors at your company who had to deal with your boss. Ask how they shut down all the negativity your boss brings. Don’t be shy to express how you feel but make sure you’re opening up to the right people.
If all the toxicity and negativity start to affect your mental health, sometimes the best solution is to resign. Always remember that no job is worth risking your mental health because there are more opportunities out there. Many companies will be open to accepting someone who is as hardworking and patient as you.
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