I love the phrase “Don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire!” Initially, it sounds like good advice; who doesn’t want to prevent certain disaster?
If you think about it, though, the frying pan isn’t really a great place to be sitting, either. Relative to the fire, it’s not bad, but do you really want to be in a job that’s “not bad”? (Click here to tweet this thought.) How many of us are in the frying pan right now?
If your boss is always taking credit for your work, your coworkers consistently eat your lunch or your office mate makes loud, personal phone calls, you may get fed up one day and say the two magic words we all wish we could utter — “I QUIT!” But those hastily muttered words can cause you to take shortcuts. Out of desperation and a lack of due diligence, you may take an offered position because you need the job and you didn’t have a plan in place prior to throwing your hands up in despair and walking out.
What can cause even the most patient among us to run screaming off the cliff and straight into a blazing five-alarm career fire? Here are some common things that can make you want to quit your job, and how
you can best handle them:
The Micromanaging Boss
From personal experience, I know that working for a nitpicking, hovering-over-your-shoulder micro-manager borders on abusive. A good day is when your boss is on vacation or out sick. A bad day is when you wish you had called in sick because you really believe that one of you is not going to make it through the day alive.
A person who works this hard to control others clearly has issues, and while you’d like to just do your job and say “he’s not my problem,” he has made his issues your issues.
Keep yourself sane by anticipating what your boss wants. Most micromanagers are also predictable. You know what they’re going to say before they say it, so why give them the opportunity? At one point, you probably really liked your job. Find, and then use, the passion you once had to begin to be viewed again as a “self-starter” and a hard worker. If your boss is constantly reminding you to do the same task, surprise her by saying, “It’s already done and in your inbox.” Do it enough times, and the reminders will dwindle.
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