Do you work for a jerk? During your career, it's likely that you will, at least once, have to deal with a manager who makes you crazy. And despite how many...

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NEW YORK — Do you work for a jerk?


During your career, it’s likely that you will, at least once, have to deal with a manager who makes you crazy.


And despite how many other wonderful bosses you may have — who demonstrate strong communication skills, skillful leadership and emotional maturity — it’s the one who does not who will stick out in your mind.


However, putting things in perspective can save you a lot of anxiety.


So if you are finding yourself increasingly unhappy with a manager, consider:


Having some empathy. Perhaps your jerky manager is just following orders from an even jerkier manager above him.


Looking inward. Are you working up to your potential, or is your work performance, perhaps, adding to, rather than alleviating the stress on your boss?


Walking a mile in his or her shoes. Family problems, self-doubts, stress and performance issues you have are probably very similar to those of your manager.


Moving on. If you really do labor for a tyrant and you’re unable to do your work properly, consider your options.


Speak to your human-resources representative about your situation, ask for a transfer — or start looking for a new job.