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WORKPLACE / JUL. 17, 2016
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What to Do When You Hate Your Boss But Love Your Job

Not everyone is blessed with having a job they love, and unfortunately hating your boss is as bad as a horrible job. What can you do about such a mess!

Having a job you hate can really be awful. Not only will you hate going to work every day, but you’re also bound to hate every waking minute you spend in the office. And this is the reason most people will tell you that if you have a job you love you need to hang on to it.

See Also: How to Start to Love a Job You Hate

But, even if you do like your job, there’s a good chance that your boss is not going to be as awesome as your job and is going to make life at the office impossible. So, how do you deal with that situation? Well, I’m glad that you asked because the three steps below will help you find professional balance between a job you love and a boss you hate.

#1 Understand Why You Hate Your Boss

The first step to solving your problem is identifying why you hate your job. It could be that they’re just a jerk. Are they offensive to their employees? Are they micromanagers and they keep messing with your work? Figure out what it is about your boss that annoys you and decide if it’s something you can continue ignoring or if it’s something you feel you need to do something about.

#2 Consider Your Boss’s Perspective

The truth is that nearly no one likes their boss. I mean maybe if you worked for Google, Facebook, or Buzzfeed you’d love your boss and want to hang out with them all the time. But the rest of us who work in pretty standard companies have no inclination to spending more time with our boss than we have to, so have you considered whether you’re simply prejudiced against your boss just because they’re your boss?

Consider the reasons behind his or her attitude. Do they have trust issues because someone in the past messed up big time? Have you given them any reason not to trust you? Do you call in sick often for example or does your attitude in any way imply that you’re bored at work? Remember that no matter how you feel about your job, your boss should always be under the impression that you’re eager to work.

#3 Consider What You Can Do

Although the easy way out is probably to give up on your boss – and your job – that’s not your best option. Finding work that is meaningful to us is tough, so there’s a good chance that if you give up on your job you will regret it.

Your best option is to find ways to cope with your boss, try talking to them and explaining to them how they are negatively affecting your work. If you think that talking to them is not going to work then, you should try to ignore them. It’s not going to be easy, but meditation and yoga could help you cope with your boss so give that a try.

If all else fails, remember that you can always ask them if you can work from home. And if you’re finding your boss too hard to handle then consider quitting your job, but that should only be used as a last resort.

See Also: What to Do When You Hate Your New Job

Have you ever had a boss you hated? How did you deal with them? Let us know in the comment section below.

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