According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 2 million people quit their job every month in 2013. A 2013 Gallup Poll shows that much of the discontent at work that could lead to job flight has to do with negative behavior by an employee’s immediate boss. Instead of feeling pressured to seek new employment in a tight job market, workers can often times learn to thrive in their current job despite a bad boss.
Working in that type of environment is difficult, but with the right strategy, you can come out ahead. With a finger pointing boss, become his or her go-to person with solutions to problems. That way, when a mistake occurs, you’ll be the one who can provide fixes. He’ll come to rely on you and in return, you’ll have much more power around the office. That’s a position that can pay dividends when it’s time for a raise, promotion or when seeking other employment.
Stop looking at a bad boss as some monolithic horror who is keeping you in misery, and instead, begin looking at your boss as a person with fears and desires that you can manage to your advantage.