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Breaking up with a bad boss: How to end a toxic work relationship

  • Publish Date: Posted over 4 years ago
  • Author:by Bex Lee

If you find yourself feeling demotivated, drained, and full of dread every time you interact with your boss, you’re not alone. In a recent survey, one in five respondents stated that they hate their job, half of which admitting their boss was to blame.

A bad boss can not only hinder the development of your career, but the negative impact can extend far beyond the workplace into other aspects of your life. If you have a bad boss, chances are you are very familiar with the signs on this list, but how can you put an end to your misery without finding yourself as the star of the next ‘Horrible Bosses’ film?

Believe it or not, it is possible to end a working relationship (even with the worst boss on the planet) in a positive way, with your utmost professionalism intact:

Leave the dramatic exit to Hollywood: When you hand in your notice, be respectful and offer to assist in the transition. There’s a reason why the phrase, ‘it’s a small world’ exists- people talk, so don’t give them a reason to say anything that could come back to haunt you later down the line in your career.

Give it your all until the very end: Yes, a little slacking in your last few weeks may be expected but your last impression can be as important as your first – especially if you want a quality reference from a colleague.

Don’t be wooed by a counter offer: No different than most romantic breakups, the promise of change will be short-lived. A lack of trust will linger (on both sides) and things will likely get worse. Give thanks for the consideration but stick to your guns.

If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it (or at least not on social media): Cut your losses, be grateful that you’re moving on and leave the past in the past. Trash talking a former employer (especially to a new one) will only hurt you.

Remember that how you resign will inevitably impact your career; so be confident in your exit strategy, don’t burn bridges (unless you’re already in a legal battle), and walk away with your head held high.

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