Bad bosses are common in the average Pakistan workforce. Most professionals say their boss is the most stressful part of their job. We all know someone who left a job only to get away from their toxic boss.
Surprisingly, people stay in jobs with toxic bosses for a multitude of reasons.
1. I don’t have the energy to start job hunting again.
2. I love my coworkers.
3. I need money and this place pays me well.
4. I’ve invested precious time in this organization.
5. Things will be better soon.
These excuses are deeply linked to human psychology. Toxic workplaces rob workers of the energy needed to search for a new job or perform better. They find it hard to quit, and it’s impossible to identify a new opportunity when one lacks motivation. Additionally, people stay in toxic situations if they are emotionally attached to their job. Although staying put seems more lucrative, it comes with many risks.
Studies reveal that employees who work for toxic bosses are more susceptible to stress, depression, fatigue, and anxiety.
What You Can Do?
Bad bosses should always be taken seriously. If you can’t quit immediately, it’s a good idea to talk to your boss. A difficult boss may not be open to hearing you, but you can try making specific requests to get what you need.
Second, engage with a support network. Talk to like-minded co-workers to de-stress.
Last, take care of your health. Get plenty of exercise, and sleep.
Of course, you are in the best position to decide what’s best for you. If you dread going to work every day, or if you feel physically and emotionally drained, or your self-confidence is affected, it’s time to go. Line up your next move – your job search. Remember, it’s okay to quit to keep your sanity intact.