What To Do When You Don’t Like Your Boss

October 9, 2013

Career Advice

what to do when you don't like your bossIs your work life a scene straight of Horrible Bosses? Well, hopefully it’s not that bad, but you aren’t the only person in the world who doesn’t love his or her boss. Part of being a professional is learning to work with those whom you don’t see eye-to-eye. And sometimes that person is your boss. Here’s how you can put yourself in the right frame of mind.

Pull Yourself Together
It’s not you, it’s me. At least that’s the thought you might need to plant in your head when it comes to dealing with a difficult boss. There is a chance that you’re just oversensitive. Unfortunately, there’s also the chance that the your boss is a bad manager. Think about what you can improve upon and how you can better understand your boss’s work ethic and schedule.

Show Some Respect
If your boss is a bad manager, does that make them a bad person? It shouldn’t. And that’s the sentiment you need to hold onto. Remember this: just because you don’t like someone doesn’t mean you can’t respect them. And working relationships are built on respect. Search for those qualities that you do respect.

Put It Into Perspective
Remind yourself that criticism isn’t a personal attack on you. In the corporate world, projects need to be completed and they need to be completed correctly and on time. If they don’t, your boss isn’t going to cut you slack, she’s going to give you flack. You must learn to listen to her critique, not get offended by her tone. Instead of getting angry, do an amazing job. The best revenge is being awesome.

Image via Houang Stephane/Flickr.

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