June 5, 2012 | Barb Carr

Career Development: Time to Dump that Bad Boss?

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Even when the job market is tight, working for a bad boss may not be worth it.  Obviously, a bad boss can keep you from making any forward progress in your career, but there are other issues to consider as well.  In fact, working for an unreasonable boss can contribute to all kinds of personal problems:  stress overload, depression, heart problems, weight control issues, aggravated asthma and allergies, lack of sleep, and excessive sick days (Learn more on Everyday Health).  But wait, there’s more … a study conducted by Baylor University found that stress and tension caused by an abusive boss “affects the marital relationship and subsequently, the employee’s entire family.”

On the other hand, maybe you are reading this and feeling happy and grateful that you have a good boss.  Maybe … maybe not?  If you’re on the fence, the June 2012 issue of “Industrial Engineer” has an interesting article about how to know if you are working for a good boss.  Tips include noticing how a good boss forms partnerships with others, observing if the boss uses healthy performance enhancements, deciding whether the boss inspires staff or drives them by fear, and if the boss matches people in jobs that best fit their skills.  Learn more on the Front Line page of the June issue of “Industrial Engineer”:  http://www.iienet2.org/IEMagazine/Details.aspx?id=31032.

If you are not so lucky, it may be a great time to pursue some training to brush up or learn new things.  There are lots of career opportunities for candidates with root cause analysis skills.  View some of them here, and check out our course page to find out how you can add this valuable skill to your resume.

Nothing will more conclusively prove your ability to get what you’re worth from your career than the steps you take day-to-day to get yourself there … including dumping that bad boss!

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