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Dealing with an abusive boss

April 13th, 2018 · No Comments

At some point in our careers, we have had to deal with a boss that was abusive. Not exactly physically abusive, but they abuse the power of being a boss. Whether that’s forcing you to do the job of four people in an hour by yourself or micromanaging all of the work you do. It’s not the kindest environment for you to be the best you can be to produce the best work you can produce.  So how do you handle it?

Confront and connect with them. Sometimes people don’t know they’re abusing their employees, set up a meeting to talk about it. Perhaps they respected you and believed that you are capable of doing the work of four people in an hour. A conversation that creates a connection can help them realize what they’re doing and fix it. Make sure this is an open conversation and come with recommendations on how to fix the problem.

Keep calm and don’t do anything crazy. Sure, you may start to feel crazy after dealing with an abusive boss for a while, but doing something crazy will cause more problems for you. It can result in the loss of your job.  Keep things professional, even if your boss isn’t. You’ll thank yourself later.

Document everything and be specific about it – just in case the problem persists and human resources needs to be involved. Save those emails, texts, or any hard proof that this is a problem that needed to be addressed. Save that meeting invite to your boss that involved your conversation about it.


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