Why You Should Work For a Bad Boss

Many of us have had bad bosses, who make us feel crushed and stripped of our self-assurance when we are most in need of the confidence to find a new job so that we can get away from them.

If you can relate to this, there's some cheering news: what doesn't kill you can make you stronger -- your boss has accidentally made you a stronger candidate for the job, as a classic post on The Office Newb (sic) explains.

  • Your boss does nothing and takes credit for your work. If you are used to doing your boss's work for them, you are bound to have exercised decision-making powers and responsibility beyond your station to fill-in for them. You have been lucky to have had a large role in projects and gain valuable management, and administrative experience without having to directly manage a team.
  • Your boss has no social life. Maybe you work for the kind of manager doesn't have a life outside the office, who logs in at eight in the morning and stays well past everybody has left. They probably expect you to do the same, leaving you feeling like you're breaking your back at work. Well, if you have, you are probably more than competent for your new job because you have been stretched beyond your limits, forced to learn to function at the top of your game and that puts you well ahead of the competition when searching for a new job.
  • Your boss make you feel like a hapless teenager dragged to the headmistresses office for yet another thorough scolding. Have you been subjected to verbal abuse and shamed in front of your colleagues? Well, if you have it's definitely time to look for a new job and even if you haven't gained any added skills. But, at least you have probably developed a thick skin which will make all future bosses seem less awful in comparison.
Now, that you have discovered that you are a hot property in the job market, take the high road, stick a 'thank you' note to your horrible boss in the mail and walk out.

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