How do you feel when you’ve arrived back home after work: empowered or disempowered?
Do you avoid conversations or interactions with your boss?
Do you dread going to work to avoid any interactions with your boss?
Do you spend more time worrying about how your boss might react to your work, rather than spending quality time at work?
Do you leave your boss at work, or bring them home, only to unload about what happened at work, making the lives of the people around you miserable?
Do you wake up in the middle of the night worrying that you would have to face your boss the next day?
If your answer to any or all the questions above is, YES, then you are dealing with a toxic boss and you need to find an exit strategy.
A study published in 2019 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health suggests that, managers who fail to provide a trusting and encouraging work environment to their colleagues, often are at risk of becoming: smoking addicts, unhealthy food eaters, having greater cardiovascular risks, developing diabetes and/or obesity, along with sufferers of depression, emotional fatigue and chronic stress.
But remember, every story can be multi-faceted. The boss may be unaware to some degree, that he or she is a bad boss, or even that he or she is a good boss. Let us deal with each situation individually.
Unaware that he or she is a bad boss:
The following could be some of the reasons:
Attributes of a Bad Boss:
The following could be some of these:
How to deal with a Bad Boss
Always remember, the way any toxic person treats you is a reflection on their character and not yours. You are not responsible to carry that burden on your shoulders. It is the organisation’s responsibility to provide you with an environment that inspires you to grow personally and professionally. A space where you are treated with mutual respect and admiration. When companies hire new staff, they run a thorough background check on the applicants, no matter what their educational qualifications may be. The way they treat their staff is a true reflection of their character.
The information and views expressed in the blog are individual and inspired from writer’s experience and study in Mental Health & Hypnotherapy.