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Research indicates that you don’t quit your job. You are far more likely to quit your boss.
A great boss can make almost any job, no matter how menial, worth doing. On the flip side, a jerk boss can make what should be an awesome job a dreadful chore. You don’t want to be stuck with a crappy boss. That’s years of your life — and it can even have an impact on your overall health.
Life’s too short to spend one-third (or more!) of it in a toxic environment, catering to the whims of a jerk boss. Plus, with these bosses, there’s a good chance your hard work won’t even be acknowledged. It’s all guts and no glory in these situations.
Part of being a good leader is learning how to create a work environment that brings out the best in employees. If you have a jerk boss that doesn’t seem to get it, you need to start weighing your options, whether it’s learning how to handle your boss (try treating him/her like a toddler), or walking out.
If you can’t just pick up and leave, you can make your workplace more bearable. In the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with preparing yourself for a new job — with a better boss.
- What are some of the signs you’re dealing with a jerk boss?
- Red flags that indicate you might not see the results you want.
- Reasons that your work is about more than just money.
- Tips for handling a jerk boss, including how to manage other bullies.
- Considerations for quitting your job.
- Strategies for advancing in your career, despite your jerk boss.
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