Most of us have had instances where we are working for a boss who we have conflict with and who doesn’t appreciate the skills we offer. What might have started as a good working relationship has deteriorated to a point of no return. Communication with our boss is tenuous and the miscommunication is becoming a daily occurrence.
So what do you do if this happens to you?
Here are some useful tips:
- If your relationship with your boss is becoming a daily struggle it is time to start looking for another job. Your days are numbered at the company if your immediate supervisor doesn’t acknowledge the value you bring to him and his team. Going above your boss is not the path to take either for it will only cause an earlier termination.
- Contact the HR department and let them know you are having issues with your manager. It is important to have this documented for unemployment claim if you are fired or are forced to quit your job.
- Be accountable for what you are contributing to the situation. It is rarely a one way street when there are issues at work. There are a myriad of reasons that the relationship with your manager is not working out. Do some soul searching and analyze how you got to this level of miscommunication as not to have it happen again at a new position.
- If you love the company you work and want to stay, you should search for other departments within the company that may be a better fit for your personality and skill set. But, don’t be surprised if your immediate boss doesn’t give you a good referral.
- Speak with your boss about the toxic situation and let him know that you acknowledge that it is of a concern for you and ask what he would like to see you do differently to improve the work environment. Keep looking for a new job.
- Most issues with bosses are personality and ego related and has little to do with your performance which makes it nearly impossible to resolve because it is a personal issue. Because of this, you should actively start looking for a new position outside of the company while you are still employed.
- Don’t ever say anything bad about your boss when interviewing for a new job.
The bottom-line when working for a boss who repeatedly criticizes your performance is that you need to move-on. Dust off that résumé, update it with your current skills and achievements and start searching for another opportunity. Divorcing your boss is a lot like divorcing your mate; it is messy, and can be expensive and painful. Rarely can you change how someone thinks about you. Be prepared and look for a position where you are appreciated for what you offer.