Saturday, November 21, 2009

Help! My boss is an idiot!?

This one is probably the single toughest one to overcome.

If your boss is a bad one, things probably will not improve. Unfortunately, someone has got to be in charge in any organization, and when your boss is incompetent or just unreasonable or biased, you are going to be in for a long, tough slog each day.

If you boss is merely incompetent, the best thing you can do is to provide as much help to him as you can.

Not only will you make yourself invaluable to him, you will also gradually learn his job—thus positioning yourself to move up in this, or a different organization.

The greater your skill set, the greater your flexibility when it comes to finding a more challenging and fulfilling employment opportunity!

If, on the other hand, your boss is unreasonable or biased, you have several strategies available—none of them good ones.

You can buckle down and take the abuse; do the job as best you can and hope that he notices your value; you can start looking for another job; you can go over his head and hope that his boss might help; or you can seek legal action.

Keep in mind that your boss’s boss may well not care if he is abusive towards you. The higher ups in a company tend to be bottom line oriented, and if your boss’s numbers are good, your unhappiness may just be the price of doing business to them.

If you are going to fight, keep in mind that there is a very good chance that you are going to lose. Understand the risks before you make the attempt!

Have you reached a point where keeping your sanity mandates that you take the risk?

Your mantra (if you choose to fight) is DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT.

Write everything down. Keep a journal of what’s going on, every time you have contact with your boss, note it.

Keeping a record will also enable you to cover your backside if things do get out of hand. Protect yourself.

There are many reasons that you might hate your job, but no matter what they are, you’re not the first person to have gone through this. You’re not alone. Keep an open mind about possible solutions for your problem.

Think it through, communicate with your co-workers and employer, and be ready to change your attitude. You’ve probably heard it said before, but it’s true.

No one can make you feel inadequate without your permission

This is true for a lot of things—no one can make you feel unhappy without your permission, no one can make you feel angry without your permission, and so on.

Your attitude may very well be the ONLY thing you CAN change about your job and that’s really ok. It’s up to you as to how you react to things.

Learn to look for the positive in each situation in instead of the negative. You’ll find that it truly will make a big difference.

And if all else fails, is your present job really worth the loss of your sanity and your health?

Stress is probably the leading preventable cause of poor health in the world today. If you’ve tried everything to improve your job, and nothing has helped, do NOT be afraid to seek out a new position elsewhere.

Remember, a job is merely a means to pay for your life. Your life is not something that you should be giving to your job!

So until (and if) you make that big change, do your best to adjust your attitude. You might even discover that your job isn’t as bad as you once thought.


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