Imagine if you walked in to work today to find that 16 of your coworkers had just quit all at once. Work would no doubt be a nuthouse, with people scrambling to cover shifts and with managers trying to figure out what happened.
That's just what happened over the weekend to presidential-hopeful Newt Gingrich as 16 staffers walked out, quitting abruptly after their boss went on a two-week Greek vacation with his wife.
While we firmly believe that everyone is entitled to a vacation, the staffers reportedly felt as if their boss wasn't as committed to his presidential campaign as they were. They believed that they were giving their blood, sweat and tears to his campaign without feeling as if he were doing the same. It appears that the vacation was just the straw that broke the camel's back.
Sound familiar? Are you like one of the staffers, working for a boss that you think doesn't care? While quitting is a drastic move that could work if you've got the savings to support it, it isn't a move that will work for most of us.
So what do you do if you're the one with the bad boss but you're not quite ready to walk out on your job just yet?
1. Talk to your boss
Believe it or not, this should be your first step. Set some time to touch base with your boss privately. Take some time to write out specific instances where your boss could have helped you better and tell him calmly how you're feeling. It could be that your boss has been under pressure from corporate to trim the bottom line and it's affecting him at work. Or maybe she was giving you more work to set you up for a future promotion and didn't realize how tough it was on you. Either way, you'll find out quickly what kind of boss you've got. A good boss will listen to you and work with you to make things better. A bad boss will get defensive and won't try to change.
2. Ask about a transfer
If your boss is unwilling to change and you don't see a resolution in sight, it might be time to leave. But before quitting, consider transferring to another store if you can. Many companies have a process in place that allows employees to transfer to another store that can use them. If you like your job, like your company and it's really just your boss that's the problem, figure out what you need to do to get that process started right away.
3. When all else fails, do what you can until you can find a new job
We all, at one time or another, have had to suck it up. If you don't see any resolution to your problem, then you need to make the decision to do what you need to in order to get out of there - even if it means staying on a couple of months more. Remember, it's easier to find a job if you have a job, so unless you absolutely can't stand to be there another day, keep going to work, do your best and spend your free time doing everything you can to find a new job.
Dealing with a bad boss isn't easy, but it is possible. Just be sure to do everything you can to either make the situation better or figure out how to get out of there. Just remember, you're not alone. We've all had bad bosses and we've all had to deal with them. Just look at this as a small stumbling block on your road to your dream job and an important life lesson.