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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.

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    I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

    Stacey Derbinshire on January 30th, 2009
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    Do I have “will work for food” written on my forhead?

    I hate my boss he’s so sneaky that he made project meetings start before work in the mornings, when I asked the accountant if we were being paid she replied that she never even knew about these meetings.

    misery on January 30th, 2009
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    I think the best course of action is to try to “deal” with you boss as best as possible and not focus on how much you hate him or her. Now is not the time to stir things up because finding a new job will be extremely difficult. If your boss is truly bad then eventually others will take note.

    Meaghan on January 31st, 2009
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    Exactly Meagan,
    “stirring things up” should be left to another time when your other job prospects are better just in case.

    DayJobNuker on January 31st, 2009
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    Usually the best thing to do when you really hate your boss, is to start looking for another job – of course, your next job may have a boss that’s even worse than the one before…

    ExistentialDuck on February 2nd, 2009
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    If your boss is truly bad then eventually others will take note.

    Beyond Furniture on February 4th, 2009
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    Well, most often a boss will not be “truly” bad but just treat certain employees unfairly and have his or her “favorites”. Every manager needs to make sure they are giving each employee a similar workload and when that is not happening, bad feelings crop up.

    DayJobNuker on February 4th, 2009
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    I have just recently stood up for myself. I know that I run the risk of losing my job, I just couldn’t take my manager’s personal attacks any longer. I complained about my managers behavior to the higher authorities. I also realise they will stick to each other and will try to pin me. It’s the toughest thing I have ever done in my life, but I realise I have to see it through. I might no longer be their favorite employee to hire for a longer period of contract anymore. I am nervous but I take pride in myself for having done what I have done.

    frida on February 5th, 2009
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    That is one of the main problems I see…that managers stick together. Also if you complain to your manager’s boss about him/her, you are probably complaining to the person who hired your manager. So, in effect you are saying to your manager’s boss that the person they hired is no good. It is like you are attacking two people at once and they don’t like it.

    DayJobNuker on February 5th, 2009
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    I just started a new job about 3 months ago. I have the boss from hell. She has severe insecurity issues and likes to micromanage you to death. The funny thing is that she contridicts herself on all occassions. Truly amazes me that people like her are in jobs like she has. I am not going to rock the boat, it sucks being treated like crap, but I don’t want to risk getting fired in this economy. Karma is a powerful tool!!

    siggy on February 14th, 2009
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    I know Siggy. I have met several managers that didn’t understand basic things about the industry they were in. How they could ever get hired much less become a manager is truly astounding.

    DayJobNuker on February 14th, 2009
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    My manager is the most arrogant self-centred person ever. He walks around all day not really doing anything and just delegates work. Sometimes I wonder if asking him to step outside for a good old fight wouldn’t be a bad idea. He gets right in the face of all the employees, its really sickening. Surely there must be some laws against intimidating behaviour like that. He’s only there cos he kisses the bosses’ asses. He’s thick as well, when he showed me his CV I laughed in his face.

    Gun in my Briefcase on February 17th, 2009
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    Love this story thanks to all the peeps who left comments it really made me relize not to stir up anything especially in these hard economic times any how I still hate my nepoleon complex boss

    just4fun on March 21st, 2009
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    Here’s the thing, I have a boss that is passive. Everyone does what they want to do. I have a co-workers that shift all the work on me. I have told him several times about and he said that he would get a mediator to come and talk about about. Still nothing has happened. I need my job and don’t know what to think now. The other employees whisper about me and he has spoken to HR. I do not know what else to do. He will not fire me because I am the only one doing all the work.

    I have been complaining since last year. The other person in the office is being vicious in her attacks on my character.

    someonethathadit on March 25th, 2009
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    That sounds like a horrible position to be in. Is it possible to try to find another job within the company? It doesn’t sound like you have much hope of ever changing the situation with that particular boss. I would try to find something else within the company if you can. Good Luck

    DayJobNuker on March 25th, 2009
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    My best advice is for now suck it up, find a way to relieve your stress by meditating, taking a walk during lunch, if you need to cry go to a restroom where your co workers don’t go to, make sure you take visine with you, and take a deep breath and just think once things get better with our economy you will be looking for a new job, not all bosses are evil micromanaging insecure sociopaths. Let it bounce off you, I know it’s very hard, but for the sake of keeping your economic status you must make sacrifices, I’m not condoning your bosses behavior, believe me I’ve been there many times, but I’m thick skinned, and it’s all about work, nothing personal,is what gets me through the day, oh and did I mention a lot of praying, funny thing I don’t even drink because that would be even more harmful. Be strong, don’t let anyone wear you down, there is always a silver lining behind every dark cloud. Best regards!

    brenda on April 26th, 2009
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    I forgot to add, that my boss demoralizes me at least 3 times a day, takes out all her frustration and stress out on me, talks to me like I’m a dog, and five minutes later acts like I was the one that just insulted and humilaited them in front of all of the company. Calls me on the weekends or late in the evenings on my personal times and chews my ass out without even allowing me to get a word in edge wise, so no one can tell me they have the devil for a boss, if they do and are complaining, let’s trade places and for those silly coworkers who talk about you behind your back and backstab you or don’t help you, forget about them, and just do the best job you can, ignore them, I have tried all the advice, even a therapist, I know the solution, but right now, I need to feed my 3 kids and keep a roof over their heads, and make all my bills, I’m a widow, and I commute 120 miles a day and work 12 hours o.t. a week without getting paid as I’m salaried, so if you all think you have it rough, stop whining and stay positive. Thanks I will get off my soapbox now.

    brenda on April 26th, 2009
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    It sounds like a lot of are you operating in an extremely frustrating work environment! We have set up a Web site to help address situations like this and to encourage the development of a psychologically healthy workplace. Feel free to register your boss(es)for “Good Company” e-newsletter sounds like they need to see the info!

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    I think everyone has encountered a boss or manager they absolutely hate. Sadly, it is something we have to deal with.

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    Nice, honest, realistic article. I like this statement- Just remember the bad economy won’t last forever so you just have to stick it out. It’s a relief to be reminded this will eventually end. We already know it but when you have to live something every day for 9 hours that makes you unhappy you forget there are other options. I’m tired of being held to higher standards than my boss holds themselves and then gives me lower reviews. The assessment of my performance is so inaccurate and the worst is that my bonus is lower because of it. I can’t say they are a Bad boss because that definition gets overused but they are doing a very poor job of managing me. It’s not motivating. It makes me want to work for someone else. The job is fine. It’s just them. It’s odd because they want more from me but in almost 2 years I can’t remember them saying thank you or good work. It’s always negative. But everyone else always has positive feedback continuously. I guess like the article ends the most important thing is that we have jobs. If and when we choose to leave is up to us so that’s empowering.

    b on October 1st, 2009
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    My boss was close to being fired as she when she first came on board, she quickly complained to her staff, how mean and unreasonable HER boss was (our CEO.)
    She was warned when the CEO found out and forward to today….
    She claims people she hires are a “body”..she doesn’t care about longetivity , loyalty to the company.She listens to othr co-workers that ‘daily report on others’ to her so the whole environment is toxic

    Arlene on February 26th, 2010
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    i have a boss who sucks,always has a way of pinning me down even with the mistakes she has done,she will never let me do my work in peace,she delegates my work to other people just to make me feel bad,recently i said on her face that i hate her,she wrote a warning letter to my director that am being dis respective and my director acnoledged the letter(am confused),i dont know how to handle her anymore,my director likes my work,my manager recently suggested to my director of my dismissal,but my director said he cant give anyone else that post except me,now she hates me and i hate her i even dont say hi to her.i do not want to loose my job with this unfair economy,i have my goals towards this company and i do not want to go before accomplishing them.

    Beatrice Akinyi on October 6th, 2010
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    There must be some laws to protect us? I work in a retail company, Dillard’s, and I want to complain about my department manager to his manager. Somebody has to do something!! It isn’t getting any better. But I want my job. I do not want him to push me out. What’s right is right.

    Pat on December 1st, 2010
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    My boss is suppose to be a minister-that she obtained on the internet. She lacks self confidence in many ways, but is mean, demoralizing, delegates all her work to others, micro-manages others dly, bully’s everyone who she thinks is below her. She is art work of the WORST manager I have ever had in 30 yrs. We work for a non for profit christian organization and the management above her state she is wonderful. she is coniving abd secret in hurting others. She won a speakers certificate at a convention last year being voted as greatest speaker. She is full of herself and not one worker in our facility can stand her. Her best friend, daughter, abd sisters also work there, under her, which it is the click of the bldg. its just too much to take. But-who has a choice these days, right!

    peggy on December 31st, 2010
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    My supervisor is truly not a bad person, but an extreme childish and selfish one. She allows family members to work together. When problems arise she got all of them on her side. I’m completely an “outsider”. Absolutely no team work!!!
    We both have the same position in our corporate except that she has the authority to schedule the assistants. On my shifts she cut my help in half or she would let them go home early (not because we have to cut budget) for their personal needs. She complains to our boss at least once a week about me from the smallest things to nothing….like the trash bag is slightly off….etc…. OMG…. So aaannnoying!! Our big boss never say anything to me about her complaints. She always said to me, “Our boss said you have to do this do that….”

    Gottospeakup on December 30th, 2011