Consider this scenario: You dread going into work not because of your daily tasks — but because you can’t stand your manager. Many of us have been there at one point in time.
Whether you are in the public sector or not, this is a common scenario many Americans face. Whether it’s about micro-management, lack of empathy, inconsistent behavior, poor conduct, playing “favorites”, or offering a lack of direction are to blame, having a bad manager undoubtedly contributes to your overall job dissatisfaction.
In fact, the recruitment agency Staffbay.com conducted a survey with 15,000 job seekers and found that 87.2% said they wanted to leave their current role within the next 12 months, with 52.6% citing the reason was because they didn’t trust their boss. And a recent study from Gallup (reported by Wall Street Journal) surveyed 7,200 adults and found that about half had left a job at some point “to get away from their manager.”
So, what’s a person to do? Here are five tips to lessen the burden.
1 – Isolate the Scenario:
Before you place the blame of job dissatisfaction with your manager, think to yourself: “Do I dislike the job, or just my manager? Then ask yourself: “What could I possibly have done to contribute to this feeling?” Personal accountability should be the first step toward improving the relationship with your boss.
Then ask: “What is it that makes me hate my boss?” It could be that you’re being overly sensitive to certain situations. Asking these questions can help you focus on where the problem truly lies and give you a more objective look into the situation.
2 – Document Everything:
It’s hard to prove anything said through verbal communication, so make sure you leave a paper trail and document everything you possibly can. Be specific about your claims: include details that clearly describes the events (what, where, when, and why the instance happened).
The documentation can offer clarity as you re-evaluate the scenarios, but it can also allow you to vent and calm you down — and potentially prevent you from getting overly emotional in the workplace. Additionally, it provides a written trail that can be viewed by your HR department, or worst case, legal documentation.
3 – Clear the Air:
While maintaining utmost professionalism, schedule a meeting to communicate the issues you have with your manager. At best, your manager won’t even have the self-awareness of what’s going on. At worst, you have even more grounds to contact your HR team.
4 – Ask for New Manager:
If you have done everything you can to repair a relationship with your manager and nothing has changed, you might have to seek outside guidance from your HR team. You can request a new manager or get input from them about what to do.
Most public sector organizations have an official plan for workplace harassment. If your manager harasses you, is abusive, discriminating, or engages in illegal behavior, this is a serious issue you should not take lightly. You can even escalate the complaint to appropriate legal authorities.
Sometimes it’s imperative to take matters of a bad manager into your own hands. Remember: keep your cool and follow the above steps.
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