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...
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.