How you can make working for a difficult boss bearable?

The average person has sixteen waking hours to use in the day. Typically, an individual spends half of that time working. It is how money is made and bills are paid. It is also how people can have food, shelter, and other necessities. Since an enormous chunk of time is spent working, it would be ideal if everyone enjoyed their jobs and co-workers. However, there are times when you may have issues with a fellow co-worker or worse – your boss! If you are dreading going into work because your boss is far from nice, here are some pointers that you may find useful.

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Kill them with kindness

The golden rule is to treat others how you’d like to be treated. I know that is the last thing you want to do when someone is being rude but, your kindness can be contagious to your boss and co-workers. It can also keep you in a good mood by not allowing someone else get you down.

Check in with yourself

It is difficult to maintain a healthy and happy attitude all day because of all the happenings and stressors. It can take a toll on how you’re feeling. Be sure to make a conscious effort to check in with yourself and re-balance your frame of mind. A nice walk at lunch time or a few minutes of meditation can be helpful.

Beat them to the punch

By now, you probably already know what is expected of you at your job. You know what questions, requests, and follow-ups are presented to you each day. Instead of waiting for your boss to come to you, be proactive by being prepared and showcasing your abilities to your boss. Go above and beyond to prove that you are amazing and can be trusted because your boss may not be aware of your abilities.

Talk with someone

We all have friends and families that are more than willing to help us through difficult stages in our lives. Reach out to someone and vent about your issues. Not only will it help get some of that weight off your chest, but they may have ways to help soothe you and make suggestions.

Take your issues to human resources

You are not a tattle-tell if you go to H.R. with a problem you’re facing within the company. It is your right to work in an environment where you are comfortable and able to do your job safely. It is human resource’s responsibility to find resolutions and provide you with that safe environment.


If you have tried everything and are at your wits end with the lack of change and respect, you should leave this company. First, it is most important that you take care of yourself. Secondly, a boss and company who is unwilling to work in a professional manner has the wrong priorities at heart.

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At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself and decisions. If aspects in your life are not fitting with what you need, then you have to choose what is the best course of action. Take care of yourself, be happy, and let all of the negativity go.

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