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Tips to stay resilient with a bad boss

Tips for dealing with difficult people

There’s nothing worse than working for a bad boss who’s rude and inattentive. For some PAs, their manager’s inability to make time for them is a daily struggle. Burnout prevention expert Paula Davis-Laack has some great tips to stay resilient when your executive is lacking in social skills.

Focus on your own growth
Track your own career progression by focusing on small achievements, as these can act as “psychological booster shots”, according to Davis-Laack. By concentrating on your development, your building mental toughness that comes in handy when your boss is in a particularly bad mood.

Get a mentor
If you’re not receiving valuable feedback or learning anything from your boss, find somebody to mentor you. They can provide you with tips from their own experience. A good mentor is also the best person to let you know how you’re doing and if there’s anything you can improve.

Recognise when you’re running out of steam
The world is a lot harder to handle when you’re low on energy and when you’re busy, it’s easy to lose track of how much you have left. Recognise the warning signs of when you’re reaching the end of your limit and take steps throughout the day to manage your energy levels. Get plenty of sleep and take short breaks.

Find meaning in your work
Just as organisations need to define the bottom line to employees, they also need to help staff understand the meaning of their work. Developing meaning is tied to three behaviours: prioritising trust and respect, incorporating more autonomy and having an idea of how your company works and your place in it. Without this, work feels meaningless and it’s hard to look past that.

Cultivate positive relationships
Research shows negative relationships have four to seven times more impact on employees than positive ones. So find more people in your company or in the PA community who can provide that high-quality interaction.

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