There comes a time in many professional careers where no matter the hard work or effort you put into a role; the situation becomes clear that things won’t get better. Your boss has a huge impact on that experience. That’s when you know that it’s time to throw in the towel. Here are 4 signs that it’s time for you to move on and quit your boss.
Unfair Treatment from Others
Your boss’ top concern should be in getting the work done right and treating employees fairly and transparently is the only way to do that with integrity. If you are receiving unfair treatment from your boss, or others in the company, that’s a sure sign that you’re not in a supportive work environment. This can be stressful for you and even harmful for your career in the long run. Always be aware that there are many, many great bosses out there eager to hire employees who do great work. If you’re not getting the treatment you deserve at your current job, it’s time to move on to the next.
Not Listening To You At All
If your boss won’t seem to listen at all, that’s a problem. A boss’ job is to enable you to do your job, provide you with the resources you need to accomplish those goals, and the guidance to help you overcome any obstacles that come along in the meantime. But if they are not open to hearing about the work or the obstacles from the ground, that shows a clear breakdown in management and communication. If you are at a point where you feel your words are falling on deaf ears, it’s time to try something else.
How your boss talks to you can greatly influence not only your happiness in a role, but also in your effectiveness on the job. Bullying is a real thing in the workplace and having a boss who demeans you in their communication with you can have serious detrimental effects on your experience. Your boss should treat you with respect and professionalism, the same as they expect from you as their employee. If that’s not happening, sometimes the only thing you can do in that situation is to move on to greener pastures.
All too often a bad boss will be one who seems to purposefully put their employees in uncomfortable situations. Harassment in the workplace is still all too common, whether sexual or otherwise. If you are on the receiving end of harassment, HR is the obvious first line of defense. But when that channel is unable to provide you with the support and protection you need from a boss set on putting you in uncomfortable situations, it’s time to move on and find a boss who respects you and supports you.
The important thing to remember if you are suffering from a bad boss is that there will always be other jobs. It can be intimidating to just say enough is enough, but when you do the chances are that you’ll be much happier and more successful because of the change.
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