Tips to help you deal with a toxic boss


At some point in our lives we’ve all had a boss who was bad for our health. According to a report from the Institute of Labor Economics, 13% of all employees in Europe are currently working under a toxic boss. 75% of all of us have at some point left our job not because we didn’t like doing it, but because we didn’t like the person we were doing it for.

But shouldn’t we just suck it up and get on with it? Our bosses are there to get the best out of us, not to be our best friend after all. However, a Swedish study from 2009 showed that having a bad boss can increase your chance of cardiac arrest by 50%.

Of course, the best way to avoid dealing with a toxic boss is to stop working for them, but this is easier said than done and the reality is that it can take time to find a new job. So have created a guide to help you work out the best way to deal with each kind of toxic boss until you’re able to leave them behind.

For example, if your boss is incompetent, it gives you the chance to take ownership of projects, both to take the pressure off them and also to make sure you shine. If your boss is corrupt, finding co-workers who share your concerns will give you the strength in numbers you need to work out next steps.

These tips may not help you change your boss into one that you’d actually enjoy working for, but they will help you to stay sane and happy while you try to trade them in for a better one.

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