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Is your boss controlling, nitpicky or a micromanager? Does your boss refuse to ever give you credit or offer you no feedback so you can determine how to improve? Is your boss irresponsible, constantly missing meetings and leaving you to try to pick up the slack for work he leaves undone?

If you find yourself in this situation, you have a bad boss… but, unfortunately, your career may depend upon you being able to make the situation work – at least in the short-term. If you’re not ready to give up on the job yet, there are a few key things that you can do to try to improve your work environment and your relationship with your problematic superior. You can:

Explain what’s bothering you.

You will want to make sure you do this professionally, using a reasonable tone and avoiding becoming emotional. Explain clearly and concisely what is frustrating you and what changes you need to see that could help you to be more successful in your own role.

Ask if there is a different approach the boss needs from you.

You may not be meshing with the boss because the boss doesn’t like the way you work. By asking for feedback and making tweaks to the way that you do your job, it is possible you will become a better fit for your boss and you may work more seamlessly together.

Talk with HR and get their advice.

Human resources professionals at your company can let you know if you should go above your boss’ head to their boss or if there is another appropriate approach that you can take to try to resolve the problems you are having. This isn’t the first time they’ve had a frustrated employee come to their office to discuss options. Use their guidance and advice!

Explore possibilities for an internal transfer.

If you really cannot work with the boss you have but you don’t want to leave your company, it is worth exploring other positions you could do within the organization that would allow you to work under someone else. That is easier to accomplish at a bigger company where more options present themselves, so it’s a worthwhile option to consider

Work With Vanguard Westchester to Find a Boss You Like!

If these steps are not successful, it is time to start looking for a new job. With help from a professional staffing agency like Vanguard Temporaries/Westchester, the job search process should be simple and stress-free. You can get out of a bad situation into a new position where you should have a better boss who is invested in your success and who can help you to excel.