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Do You Need to Sack Your Boss?

Updated on May 6, 2012

Some Things to Think About

Maybe you are planning to sack your boss because you have enough money to give up your job.  Or maybe you would like to sack your boss because they are a #!@*&! nasty person.  If it’s the first reason, good for you!  If it’s the second, you might like to consider doing a few things differently and seeing whether the situation improves.

As a recruiter I have had literally hundreds of people tell me the reason they left their last job (or would like to leave their current one) is because the boss is a (insert your favourite negative expletive).  I have even had a whole room full of people chorus their dislike of their boss in unison.  While it is definitely true that there are bad bosses out there, surely some of them are redeemable and possess good qualities as well as the ones that incite such bad feelings in their staff.

Is it Really That Bad?

If you really love your job, it’s unlikely that you will allow a bad boss to cause you to resign. If on the other hand you don’t like your job or could really take it or leave it, a bad boss can tip the scales in favor of resignation. Whichever situation you are in, before taking any drastic steps, consider looking at your own approach to the boss.

Tips on Building a Better Relationship with Your Boss

1. Do a Good Job

When you pay someone to do work for you, you expect them to be on time, do the work to the best of their ability and to let you know if there are any problems.  Your boss has the right to expect the same.  While you may or may not get praise and acknowledgement for doing a good job, it is a sure bet that your boss will not look kindly on you if you do a bad one.  For example, do you feel inclined to be nice when you have paid someone to fix your car and it breaks down?  Or do you feel angry that the person who agreed to provide the service did not keep their part of the bargain?

2. Do More Than You Need To

When you receive service from someone that goes the extra mile, how does that make you feel?  Positive, right?  Try doing a little extra in your work, perhaps suggesting improvements that could benefit everybody.  Before you know it you will probably be the boss, or at least more happily engaged in your workplace.

3. Remember the Boss is a Human Being

Bosses often work under a great deal of stress and pressure.  They can therefore come across as absent–minded, abrupt, harried or just plain difficult and rude.  Maybe their mood comes from work pressure, or maybe they have problems at home as well.  You have several choices when it comes to dealing with a less-than-pleasant boss.  You can avoid them as much as possible, respond in kind or your can try to make their day a little bit better.  A smile and a positive greeting never goes astray.  If they don’t respond, don’t take it personally.  Who knows, maybe their boss has just given them a bad time.  Maybe their cat is sick or they dinted the car.  When there is a bad mood there is usually a reason for it and it may well be nothing at all to do with you or your colleagues.

4. Express Appreciation

If you receive any benefits such as opportunities for training and development, extra time off, bonuses and staff parties, remember to say thankyou to the boss – most people either either forget to do this or do not think it is necessary.  It is not only necessary, it is the right thing to do.  Ask yourself how annoyed YOU get when you do something for someone and they do not acknowledge your effort.

4. Don’t Just Offer Problems to Your Boss, Offer Solutions as Well

Bosses get problems all day long.  Most of their day is taken up with solving problems.  Why not think out some possible solutions before adding another problem to their pile – this makes their job easier and brands you as a “can-do” employee rather than those who see no need to take any responsibility because “it’s not my job”.

If All Else Fails...

In the end, if you do find it necessary to sack your boss and look for a new job, try to avoid complaining about your old boss at interviews. Focus on the positives instead and on finding a new role where the boss is a delight.


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