Managing employees, meeting tight deadlines, working overtime — work can be a stressful time for everybody. But nothing is more taxing on a person’s spirit than a horrible boss. A horrible boss can affect every part of your life, even after you leave the workplace for home. They pick on you, assign you more work than you can handle, and blame you for their mistakes.
But all too often, people let horrible bosses get away with how they act because they’re afraid of losing their job. But by not speaking up, you’re only adding fuel to the fire. Your boss will continue to pick on you until you stand up for yourself in a professional and calm manner.
If you’ve gotten to the point where enough’s enough, here are a few tips to help you stand up to your boss
- Do it privately. The worst thing you can do is confront your boss in front of all your coworkers around the water cooler. If you’re ready to have a discussion, act professionally and schedule a private meeting. Certain things are meant to be discussed behind closed doors, and this is one of those things.
- Back it up. Chances are, your boss will deny ever being horrible to you. If that happens, you’ll want to give them concrete examples to back up your argument. By being unprepared, your argument will sound weak and unconvincing.
- Be confident. Don’t go into the meeting feeling timid. If you’re passionate about your feelings and show them in the meeting, your boss will realise that your argument is genuine. And who knows — it might even have an impact on them for the better.