What To Do If You Hate Your Boss

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People who dislike their managers may need to refine their expectations. Another option is to explore entrepreneurship and franchising.  

Nearly 85% workers worldwide are unhappy in their jobs. A recent study from Gallup said lousy leadership is partly to blame.

Folks who don’t like their supervisors struggle to be enthusiastic about their daily work. The feeling carries over to other areas of life, including health and wellness, personal relationships and self-esteem.

Is leaving a job the answer? The temptation to blame the boss and storm out the door may feel overpowering. Still, workplace experts and psychologists encourage people to take a step back before leaving.  It’s possible that moving to another department or taking on a new role may improve the situation.

Michele Mavi, a recruiting professional, says satisfaction comes from a combination of growth and earning potential and a sense of feeling valued. “Be sure you’re researching a wide range of open positions to see what people are hiring for and what skills are necessary in those roles.” Doing this, Mavi says, “may broaden your view of what’s possible.” It can also bring clarity about which path to follow.  

Communication and Control 

Emmanuelle Hardy, a VP of Franchise Development at Neighborly, suggests folks who “feel stuck” talk with their managers. Sometimes, she says, growth opportunities are available when people openly communicate their needs. “They have to assess what’s important to them. Most want to gain control of their time and destiny. Maybe an employer can offer these things.”

A crucial question to consider, she says, is: “Would a new job help to solve this?”

Before joining Neighborly, Hardy and her sister built a chain of 150 boutique women’s fitness centers in her native France. Before her entrepreneurial venture, Hardy worked as a financial advisor. She eventually began dreading the start of a new workweek. “The Sunday night groove is the key,” Hardy says. Opening the fitness business was “an opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Big Picture

People contemplating self-employment must think about where they’d like to be in 10, 15 and 20 years. Financial security, college costs for children and retirement must all be considered, Hardy says. Aspiring entrepreneurs must set realistic expectations about personal and family goals. There’s something to be said for a regular paycheck, Hardy says. 

It will take hard work, says Stephen Sarafin, a Window Genie® franchisee in New Jersey.  “It’s a good career, but it’s what you make of it,” he says. “If you’re ready to dive-in, commit to hard work and follow the system, Neighborly® is a good partner for success.”