5 Easy Ways to Deal with a Toxic Boss

Being a manager is difficult. You have to make tough decisions, delegate tasks, and keep an eye on everyone’s workload—not to mention all the emails that come in each day! And if you’re not careful, your own stress can seep into different parts of your life, including your interactions with other people. If this sounds like you (or someone else who works for you), I’ve got good news: there’s always something you can do about it! Here are five easy ways to deal with a toxic boss:

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You’re not in the right frame of mind.

If you’re not in the right frame of mind, it will be difficult for your boss to see past the toxic behavior. You may feel like you have to do something drastic or extreme because your boss is being so unreasonable. This can make it even harder for you to act professionally toward them and put them on notice that their behavior needs improvement.

If you find yourself acting in a way that makes other people uncomfortable around you, it’s time for some self-reflection! Make sure that when things get tough at work with your boss (or anyone else), there aren’t any hidden motives behind why they said or did those things—and if there are, then maybe try talking about what those motivations might be instead of ignoring them altogether.

Your boss constantly criticizes your work.

This is the most common problem, and it’s also one of the most difficult to resolve. The reason is that your boss holds a lot of power over you—he or she can make you look good or bad in front of your coworkers and bosses.

More importantly, as a manager, it’s his job to critique your work. But if he does it badly, then he’s doing a poor job at his own job! That will only make you resentful and unproductive.

Your best bet when dealing with this type of boss is to try communicating more clearly about what kind of feedback would be useful from him or her; instead of asking for less criticism (which will likely fall on deaf ears), ask for more constructive feedback that helps you improve as an employee so that next time around things go better.

Your boss doesn’t give you any autonomy.

If your boss doesn’t give you any autonomy, it’s going to be really hard for you to succeed at work. Here are some ways that a toxic boss can affect your ability to do well:

  • Your boss doesn’t listen to what you have to say. If they aren’t listening, there’s no way they’ll learn from what they should be doing in order for the company or department as a whole (or even themselves!) To make matters worse, if the person who is supposed to serve as an advisor and guide is never there for needed advice or support—and neither are other members of management—you may end up feeling like nobody cares about what happens next!

You’re always stressed out or anxious.

At the root of all this stress is your boss. If you’re feeling constantly on edge, it’s a sign that your boss isn’t treating you well.

Here are some questions to help you figure out whether or not your boss is making you feel stressed:

  • Do you feel worried about how things will turn out?
  • Are there things in life that used to make sense but now feel chaotic?
  • Are there days when it takes an act of willpower just to get through work?

What You Can Do Right Away

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are plenty of other people out there who have dealt with toxic bosses, and there are things you can do to make the situation better. Here are some options:

  • Talk to your boss about the situation. If you’ve had a bad day at work and feel like your boss is constantly making demeaning comments, try talking about it with him or her in private. If he or she still refuses to back off, consider asking for a meeting with another supervisor from HR (human resources).
  • Talk to a colleague about the situation. If talking directly with your superior doesn’t seem like an option, consider confiding in someone else who works at your company—it may help them understand your side of things so they know what’s going on behind closed doors! Just be careful not to reveal too much information lest confidentiality is compromised…
  • Talk to a therapistor even go on medication! Seriously though: antidepressants can help reduce anxiety-related issues associated as well as PTSD symptoms following traumatic events such as losing one’s job due to having experienced workplace bullying firsthand…

In the end, there’s no one right way to deal with workplace bullying. Some people prefer to confront their bullies head-on while others might be more comfortable confiding in a colleague or therapist. Whatever approach works best for you, remember that it’s important to take care of yourself first and foremost—no matter what happens at work!

If you are dealing with a situation in which other people are harassing or bullying you at work, it can be helpful to talk to someone who is not involved in the situation but can still offer advice. A friend, family member, or even a therapist might be an appropriate person for this purpose.

If you consider yourself to be a self-aware person and are open to discussing how things could run a little more smoothly, approach your boss about the situation and make sure to tell him/her why it’s affecting your well-being.

If you consider yourself to be a self-aware person and are open to discussing how things could run a little more smoothly, approach your boss about the situation and make sure to tell him/her why it’s affecting your well-being.

If you’re able to do this without getting fired (which can happen), give him or her an opportunity for improvement. It might mean that he or she needs new training, more time off work, or even just some time alone in order not to feel like they’re constantly under pressure from their employees—but whatever changes are made will help everyone stay healthy at work!


If you find yourself in a toxic work environment, it can be tempting to just suck it up and soldier on. But the truth is that if you take care of yourself and your mental health, your energy level will go up, your productivity will increase, and your stress levels will drop significantly. Before tackling anything else on this list (like finding another job), make sure that you’re doing all of these things first!