I hate my boss. Now what?

There are many problems that can happen at work, but when it’s your boss that is causing you to dread the job, it can impact every facet of your role.

So what can you do when you start growing resentful towards your boss? Here are some ideas to consider.

Write out your frustrations

Research from The Wall Street Journal shows that writing out your frustrations can help. It helps you process your emotions and the specific parts of your situation that are frustrating you. Give this a try when something goes wrong with your boss. Write down the way you’re feeling, what caused it and what you can do about it.

It won’t always give you the perfect solution for next steps. But it will often make you feel better about the situation and recalibrate your mind to handle it in the best way possible.

Don’t be afraid of a tough conversation

If your frustrations continue, you’re going to need to talk to your boss at some point. However, it’s important that you think through this conversation, and you’re well prepared. Be honest with your boss about how you are feeling, and let them know what they can do to help your current situation. It’s possible that your boss doesn’t know how you feel, and this is a good opportunity to make them aware.

After the conversation, you’ll be heading into an important period of time. You’ll get to see how your boss changes their actions moving forward and how much they prioritize what you said. The way they handle it could help you answer what to do next.

Lean on your network

One of the most important ways to feel valued through a tough time is to lean on your network of peers. Whether it’s people you went to college with or friends you’ve built in your career, lean on these close confidants when you’re having trouble with your boss. There’s a good chance they’ve been through something similar or can provide a new perspective you hadn’t considered.

But even if they don’t have a similar experience, they can always listen. Talk about your frustrations and talk through some of your potential options. Even if nothing productive comes from the conversation, you’ll at least feel better by getting it off your chest.

Think about your future

You can hate your boss but love your job so much that you think it’s worth staying in. It doesn’t happen much, but hey, it can make sense. The choice is ultimately up to you. What is your priority? Are you looking for a better job that can help you grow and improve your career?

If so, it might be time for you to prioritize yourself and look for another job. If your boss is too much to handle, the time to quit could be immediately. But whatever you decide, it’s important not to make an emotional decision. Think through it and be sure that it’s the best next step for your career and life.

Consider going back to school

If you’re looking for the next step, the UF Warrington College of Business can help.

Request information from the UF MBA program can help you reach your professional goals. You can also request information about our seven specialized master’s program that can help you concentrate more on one specific area of interest.