Hey everyone. We’ve all been there. You start a job. Everything is going great. Then, to your horror, you realize that your boss is an incredible jerk who is making your life a walking nightmare! This is a real problem for so many of us. Trust me, I’ve been there and it’s not easy to deal with. In fact, my boss was a bully who used his position of authority to treat people like worthless subhuman worker drones.
The first thing you need to do is get inside the head of this particular kind of person. By this, what I mean is you have to try and figure out why is he or she acting this way. The first step to dealing with a boss who’s a jerk is understanding the psychology of such a person.
Unfortunately, no matter how awesome the job is, dealing with a bully in the workplace can poison the entire atmosphere, kill your morale, lead to poor performance, and even cause problems in your personal life.
Different states have different levels of protection for this sort of thing through various labor laws and the like. Some are more comprehensive and employee-friendly than others. It’s important to understand however that in today’s day and age, no one should put up with bullying or inappropriate behavior from a superior and every state has at least a certain baseline level of legal protection for such behavior.
The first thing you need to do is to remain calm and professional. Never let your emotions get in the way. At the end of the day, it is the boss who is acting unprofessionally and you should never ever provide any fodder for him or her to make any claim against your ability to be a good employee. It is important to keep a log of each act of inappropriate behavior. And then report the log to the Human Resources Department. HR is obligated to deal with such issues in a very structured and fair manner. The most important thing, and this cannot be stressed enough, is never reduce yourself to his or her level of unprofessionalism. Even if you decide you have to leave that particular place of employment due to your boss’s horrible behavior, you will be sure to have a much easier time getting a new job so long as you maintained the ability to keep cool and professional with your work and churned out good work product.