As human beings, we all feel the need to be valued by friends, family, colleagues, and even our bosses. Unfortunately, many employees feel undervalued and disrespected at work.
The behaviors of bosses towards their employees can make or break their experiences at work. Feeling disrespected can cause fear, sadness, and anger. A problematic relationship with one’s boss simply can’t be ignored. Regardless of whether the boss is a toxic superior or is just unbothered about your well-being, such an unhealthy dynamic at work can have extreme spill-over effects. Due to the power yielded by the bosses, employees begin to feel a constant threat to their financial security, which in turn affects their mental health.
If you often find yourself complaining about not being respected by your boss, it is quite evident that your job is frustrating, however finding a new job isn’t the easiest option. So, here are a few tips that can help you cope with a boss who doesn’t fulfill your leadership expectations.
Establish boundaries: This can be pretty tricky if you have a boss who doesn’t care much about you, but it is still important so that your boss doesn’t take undue advantage. These boundaries could be about how you would prefer to structure your workdays and the responsibilities you are expected to take care of so that you have sufficient time for yourself.
Be assertive about your needs: Assertiveness is based on balance, it is when you express your own needs calmly and confidently. It involves taking into consideration your rights and needs while respecting those of others.
Look out for positive relationships: Surrounding yourself with people who support you and energize you is essential and can provide you with a safe space to vent out your feelings. Identifying energizers isn’t that difficult. They’re the people who bring a smile to your face after a long day and uplift your spirits.
Find a sense of purpose in your work: Take some time off to reflect upon what it is that motivates you to work each day. Think of the positive traits that allow you to give your best in the workplace and show yourself some appreciation for the same!
Manage stress: A stressful environment at work contributes to an increase in employees’ health problems. Getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced meal, and physical exercise can lower stress levels. If you find your stress levels rising, consider taking some time off for yourself and engage in self-care activities that can help you relax.
If you feel disrespected at work, you have to gather the resources that enable you to face the situation with your strongest self. In certain cases, a job change may be the only option. But, working on self-development can help you go a long way!
Importance of Professional Counseling: A friend or family member may listen to you, but they aren’t professionally, technically qualified or experienced to offer you professional advice. If you wish you can contact us at MindTribe to receive help from our team of expert psychologists.
MindTribe Founder Dr. Prerna Kohli, India’s eminent psychologist, established the company to leverage the strength of the online to make counseling affordable and accessible to everyone. MindTribe provides counseling, workshops, support groups, forums, and eLearning.
About the Author.
Sharmila Das is a psychologist at MindTribe.in. You can learn more about her by clicking here.
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