A one-step process for dealing with a terrible boss
Step 1: Get a new boss.
“But I can’t just up and leave my job! I need the money/security/comfort.”
Then don’t get a new one today. Stick it out a little longer. Go on the job hunt while you’re employed (which is arguably the best way to hunt).
“But all bosses are like this!”
I’m really sorry if you’ve had that experience, but it’s simply not true.
“But they need me!”
Repeat after me: “I am important, but not irreplaceable.”
If I left my full time gig today, my boss, my coworkers, and the business would all get along just fine without me.
“But I want to stay at this company!”
Okay, that’s fair. Surprising, but fair. Actually, an internal move is one of the best choices you can make. Here’s how I managed one:
- I made friends with another manager on my floor
- I found out what she needed
- I made what she needed on my own time
- 2 months later, I had a new job, a new boss, and a big pay raise.
Sam, thanks so much for giving me a chance to expand on this. There are really horrible bosses in the world. Most of them won’t change.
We owe it to ourselves to find the good ones.