Find yourself struggling to get through your day's at work, wishing you had a different boss to report to? You're definitely not alone. In fact, three out of four employees report disliking their boss--saying it's actually the worst and most stressful part of their job. Two-thirds of people even say they would prefer getting a new boss over a pay raise.
If you're battling a bad boss, just remember that a boss-employee relationship is exactly that--a relationship between two people, and nothing more. And there are always ways to improve a relationship. Check out these simple strategies to help you out.
1. Don't become a jerk
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind--and, as we enter the workforce, the old adage is every bit as true as it was in our childhood. No matter how much you despise your boss, don't spend your spare time trash-talking him or her with your co-workers. It brings you down to the same level of bad behavior.
2. Look deeper
When people see an angry person, something few people like to do is look beyond the irritating behavior to figure out what's really going on underneath the anger. If you're having problems with your boss, try getting to know him or her better. The issues they're dealing with on the inside might surprise you.
3. Do the best job you can
One of the worst mistakes people make when dealing with an annoying boss is doing their work poorly--an action that will just result in more anger and irritation on the boss's end. By making his or her life easier, you're reducing the chances of falling victim to the micromanaging and irate rebukes that characterize stress.
4. Make time for yourself
Regardless of what's going on at work, make time to do the things that ground you so that you can maintain your sanity at the office. Meditation, exercise, reading, and any other hobbies that you find particularly grounding are great for bringing you peace of mind. Don't be afraid to keep them up.
5. Learn by (bad) example
Now that you know what a bad boss does, you also know what kind of impact your boss's behavior has on you and your teammates. Whenever you get the opportunity to lead yourself, take pride in knowing that you're not carrying yourself the same way professionally.