Getting a job is the next on the list after graduating from colleges. Yet, it’s not easy to secure a job in this moderate economic performance that restrains businesses from expanding their workforce. High youth unemployment is not new in Malaysia, jobs are limited but job seekers are high. In February 2018, the unemployment rate in Malaysia was at approximately 3.3%. Imagine you have secured a job but it happened that you have to work with a toxic boss. What would you do?
Having fantastic managers or bosses are our biggest dream when it comes to working life. A great boss helps us succeed, makes us feel valued and treat us equally among other colleagues. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky to have a great boss. Remember the recent incident where the Maxis manager verbally abused her staff?
Some work under a micromanager and toxic boss who has anger management problem, not competent and practices favouritism. We’ve gathered the 3 proven advice for dealing with a toxic boss. Try these tips to find some common ground with your boss or at least stay sane until you find a new job
1. Don’t let it affects your work
It’s hard to stay sane and professional when dealing with a bad boss but you need to try to not let it affects your work quality. No matter how bad is your boss’s behaviour, try to focus on producing a quality work and finish your task. Stay on good terms with other leaders in the company to keep your job.
Some might advise you to work slower, take longer lunch breaks as a sign of disagreeing with your boss. It won’t help but only put you further behind your workload and giving a concrete reason for your boss to let you go.
2. Speak to the Human Resource department
If you have approached and slow talk with your boss but felt it was unsuccessful, then the next best step is to speak to HR. This is a professional way to record a strong case regarding your boss’s attitude issue. Prepare your records together with supporting evidence and explain about the issue clearly and accurately. HR may help you to solve the issue by discussing with the boss or if it involves departmental leader, then maybe they can transfer you to other departments or branches.
3. It’s time to leave
If you reach a dead end, the only thing you can do to fix the situation is to find a new job. Don’t waste your time stick to a job with a boss who makes you miserable. If HR couldn’t help you to solve the issue then it’s best to start applying for new jobs. When interviewing with a new company, do your research well to make sure you’re not getting into the same situation.