Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Is Your Boss a Bad Person - or Just a Bad Boss?

What Can an "Employee at Will" Working in Pennsylvania do to Cope With and Fix a Bad Relationship With the Boss?

If you are an Employee at Will in Pennsylvania, you basically have no protection from being mistreated by your boss, or from being fired, if the reason for the boss's action is just plain old fashioned favoritism (of another employee) or dislike (of you).

"My Boss is a Bully, What Can I Do?"

Difficult Situation
I see so many clients who are in the unfortunate position of being "on the outs" with their boss, and at a loss on what to do about it.  So, when I read this article by Alan Henry on, regarding how to cope with job-related stress, I was curious about any additional perspectives on how one should/could deal with this type of problem.

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I really like what they have to say, so I have posted it and hope that you find it helpful and informative too.

A brief synopsis of Mr. Henry's advice:

1.  Determine if the boss is a jerk, or just a bad manager. 

2.  Determine if you are or may be the problem or part of the problem;

3.  Do not expect "respect" from your boss; otherwise, you will often be disappointed, which in turn often will lead to additional problems.

4.  Examine and implement "coping mechanisms."

5.  Undertake tactics designed to bring you and your boss "closer together" (this often requires a little "humble pie."  However, keep in mind that your "principles" do not pay the rent.)

Do Not Quit Your Job Without First Trying to Fix the Problem at Work

Mr. Henry suggests that, "if all else fails, quit."  On this score I disagree.  Never quit until you have a new job.  If you quit because the boss is a jerk, you will almost assuredly NOT get Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

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