The Boss From Hell

Strategies for dealing with a difficult boss

It’s been said that employees don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses. If you are at the receiving end of an employer’s bad behaviour — from those who make you work well into the night, to those who use you as a scapegoat, or those who simply fail to communicate at all — leaving is not the only solution, says a leading workplace communications expert.

Dr. Mary Casey, CEO of the health and education organization the Casey Centre in Sydney Australia, says most employees have dealt with a boss’s unprofessional behaviour at least once. “Bosses do what they do because they can — especially since they are in a position of power,” she says. “Setting strong boundaries early on helps. Whether your boss is a slave driver or a micromanager, if bosses know where they stand with you then it’s harder for them to push your buttons.”

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