Success in Learning

Do You Have a Horrible Boss?

There is something enticing about seeing a mean boss on your television screen. An example is Russel Dunbar on Rules of Engagement. While he is an absolutely terrible boss, there is still some charm and humor that makes him fun to watch. In the motion picture ‘Horrible Bosses’, we watch as three men go through everything they can to get rid of their bosses from Hell. While these are all in good fun, a real life horrible boss is far from funny. Since we live in a time where you can’t just jump to another position, it can become a headache.
Let’s be real, there is nothing that is more counterproductive, then having to deal with a difficult authority figure. Regardless of whether or not they see your inner potential, being too critical doesn’t help you to get the job done. At the same time, a constantly negative boss will eventually drive all their staff out of a company, after all no one wants to deal with this.
But before you write them off as the problem, you do need to take a step back and determine if they are the problem. There are times when you might actually hold more responsibility than you imagine. Let’s look at the three main questions you need to ask yourself.

  • Are you working in a job that balances your passion and skills, so it is a match for you?
  • Does your job performance record appear satisfactory?
  • Is there a good working relationship with customers, bosses, and other professionals?

If you can answer yes to these, then problem might be your boss. If not, seek a professional workforce recruiter because you might need to reconsider if you are the problem and if it might be time for a change.

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