Did you know that most of the time employees don’t leave companies but they leave managers?
A manager can be the reason why an employee loves their work and can be the reason they hate it even if it is their dream job. Whether you have been working for a long time or not, there is a big possibility that you worked with a toxic manager. Working with a toxic manager is very hard especially when you can’t quit your job.
Therefore, today we will tell you how to deal with toxic managers when you don’t want to quit.
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Documenting Puts You In The Safe Zone
Always document every task and every request.
You will never know what a toxic manager can do to their employees, this is why it is recommended that you always document everything. You have to be focused and always ask your manager or colleagues to send you an official email with their requests. Documenting will make it easier for you to find data and if anyone forgot about something, you will have the proof with you.
Also, this is part of being professional at work and it is recommended to keep it professional.
Learn How To Be Professional
Don’t be friends with your boss, set your boundaries and do your work and leave.
Being professional with your boss even if they’re not will eventually make them treat you professionally too. Treat them just like you’d treat any manager or colleague and don’t let their negative comments or behavior affect you. Don’t take it as a challenge and try to win, there are no challenges here, just do your job and finish your tasks on time without letting negativity affect you.
You know your rights as an employee so you can also consider taking serious actions if they crossed the line.
Don’t Let Them Drag You Into The Drama
Avoid the office drama and mind your own business.
A toxic manager will try to get under your skin every time you don’t respond to their negativity; they might try to get on your nerves just to start a hassle with you. What you should do is keep your distance and keep it professional.
Toxic managers want to feel they’re intimidating and that they’re the only ones to be heard in the office. Avoid them and avoid any situation that can put you two in an argument; just do your work and if you kept your distance, they’d eventually give up.
Sometimes It Is Not Your Fault
A toxic manager will make you feel that you’re doing nothing.
Toxic managers will also tend to blame their employees for their mistakes and will never tell you you’re making progress, in fact, they will always bring you down. You have to be aware that sometimes you’re not making any mistakes and they’re just blaming you for their actions.
Also, toxic managers will never admit you’re doing a good job or that you’re improving, they will always make you feel that you’re doing nothing and that you’re not productive. They don’t care about the effect of their behavior.
So, have faith in yourself and be sure that you’re making progress as long as you’re not making huge mistakes.
Don’t Be The Target
Stay out of trouble and don’t be the target of their bullying behavior.
Do your work well and avoid making mistakes, don’t be the target of their criticism or bullying. If you can’t afford to quit, then you have no other option but to be good at your job and do what you’re required to do, and just avoid them.
Keep your meetings about work and tasks and don’t go into useless debates. Toxic managers will try to find anything even if it’s a small mistake or different opinion and attacked you, don’t give them this chance.
Finally, be professional, know your rights, and never let them affect you with their negativity, trust yourself, your experience, and your work.