How to Manage and Get Ahead With a Bad Boss

Can you guess one of the main reasons for employees wanting to leave their job? That’s right, it is because of a bad manager. This is not an isolated incident either. A recent survey, The State of the American Manager, found that almost half of employees have left a job to “get away from their managers.”

Many of us don’t want to leave our jobs; we simply want a different manager. The reality is, you can stay with your company! Use these tips to create a better working relationship and get ahead with your manager:

· Speak up – Just because they are your boss, doesn’t mean you cannot contribute your input. At the end of the day, we are all human and should be able to communicate to find common ground. Many times, having a bad boss means there is poor communication, a lack of trust, and usually the feeling that they aren’t giving you what you need. Working on communication can hopefully turn a bad relationship into a tolerable one. PRO TIP: Having issues with communicating tasks and responsibilities? Take diligent meeting notes (whether impromptu or not) and follow up with a detailed email containing action items like who is responsible for what, and when it is expected to be done.

· Don’t be scared to go to HR – Many people are apprehensive about reaching out to HR because they feel it will put a target on their back. In order to have a successful interaction with HR, it is important to not just complain about all the reasons you don’t like your boss. Instead, stick to the facts: what part of your job duties pertaining to your manager are not being met? Do you need more clarity on task priorities? Have a working plan to build off of in order to reach a cohesive relationship with your manager. Be prepared and have confidence in your skill set and value to the company. If you can come to a conclusion, you can continue to increase your productivity. It is all about the positive spin.

· Get to know each other outside of the work environment – This could be as simple as going on a walk to grab coffee during lunch. If you can get to know someone on a personal level and find common ground outside of work, it may help you to get along better during your daily duties. Many times if we just see someone as a manager, or an employee, we can only see them as profit and loss. When we start to apply compassion and patience within our work relationships we can see our co-workers as people and that makes all the difference.

Are you willing to work towards a solution before you consider jumping ship completely?