Do you say to yourself everyday “I hate my boss“? How do you deal with a manager you hate? This is a good question and with so many people getting laid off around the country because of the bad economy, you have to be more careful than ever with how you deal with the situation. Bosses in all companies are busy making daily decisions on which employees to keep, which are needed the most, which ones have the best attitude, who works the hardest, and ultimately which ones to let go. If you hate your manager and have trouble working with him or her, it is an especially tough situation to be in right now.
More than ever in 2010, it is a good idea to hang on to your job because it may be impossible to find a new one. This might mean that your boss has extra influence and power over you. Or, it might mean that your boss could be on the firing line as well. No matter whether you are manager or a regular employee, it is an extra stressful time.
So what are your options if you hate your manager and he or she is making your life miserable? Are you being overworked? Are you not getting credit for the good job you are doing? Even worse, is your manager taking taking credit for the job you are doing? Is your manage insensitive and mean? Your first option is to fight back and let your boss know what your gripe is. If you hold your own and try to assert your rights, you always run the risk of getting on their bad side and then being the first one to be laid off if it comes to that. This is why it is such a sticky situation right now. Do you do what is right and stick up for yourself and possibly risk losing your job somewhere down the line?
Even though sticking up may be the morally “right” thing to do, it just might be too risky right now in the midst of this financial crisis. I would guess their are many people in this exact situation that want to speak up but are in fear of losing their job if they do. Being one paycheck away from losing your car or losing your home leaves a person with few choices. Option number two is to swallow your pride and try to work through the bad times as best as you can. Lean to “manage” your manager if you will. This is probably what most people who hate their managers are doing right now. If you desperately need your job, and who doesn’t, you just can’t put it at risk. This is going to be a long, tough year in 2009 for these people. Just remember, the bad economy won’t last forever so you just have to stick it out.
Option number three is to of course fight back and let the bad manager know what is the problem. Those people who are fortunate to have a second job or second income of some type might be able to do this even though it might put them is some jeopardy. If you hate your manager enough, this is the route you will probably take. You might go directly to your manager and if you have already done that, you have to go above them. Going to your manager’s manager is really risky because you will be complaining about the person they hired (your manager). Managers like to cover each others butts and this is the unfair part of the workplace. It is often hard to get a fair shake if all the managers are busy covering each other’s behinds.
Whatever you decide to do, you should give it some serious thought before you do it. Any excuse you give your manager to lay you off or fire you just might be what they are looking for. If you go to work everyday saying “I hate my manager“, you need to step back and try to figure out what is the best plan of action for you. Keeping your job should be your first priority and you must do everything you can to keep it.