Who to Go to When You’ve Got a Bad Boss

Who to Go to When You’ve Got a Bad Boss

You go to work and you work hard. You are a  model employee who has done a lot for the company and you have put in the overtime to prove it. Yet, you are still harassed by your boss. Either they pick apart everything you do, micromanage your entire day, or the just plain ignore you. It can be very frustrating and almost impossible to avoid saying what you want to say to them when they act inappropriately towards you or your coworkers. You have a bad boss and it is affecting every part of your work day, maybe even your personal life. What do you do and who do you go to when you have a bad boss? For many employees, the answer is unclear and that can make work even more frustrating for them.

If you have a bad boss and you don’t know who to talk to about it, keep reading as we are going to share with you some important tips on how to deal with your bad boss without losing your temper, or your job, over it.

If you have a bad boss that doesn’t know he or she is bad:

  1. Talk directly to your boss and let them know what it is that is bothering you and what you need from them to be an effective member of the team.  Don’t come right out and tell them that they are bad, just be polite and explain your situation.
  2. Talk to your manager above your boss. If you have already talked to your boss about their behaviour, go to the next level and speak with their boss. Explain to them what is happening and what your needs are as an employee.
  3. Talk to a mentor, friend or coworker who is experiencing the same situation with the boss as you are. There is power in numbers and if management doesn’t listen to you, they might listen to a group of employees with the same complaints.
  4. Go to your Human Resources representative. Your HR rep is there to listen to your needs and concerns and ensure that you are happy in your job and able to be a productive member of the company’s workforce. They can provide advice on how to deal with your boss or, if your boss’ actions are bad enough, they will recommend corporate take action.

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