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How to Survive a Horrible Boss

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Have you ever had a boss that was so horrible, you wanted to quit your job? If so, you aren’t alone. A recent study from staffing giant Randstad found the number one reason people leave a job is because of a bad boss. And, it isn’t such a good thing for a company to lose valuable employees because of a poor or unfair manager. 

Yes, it's no wonder we look forward to Fridays: on-the-job engagement are at record lows, and recent Gallup research suggests only 18% of managers in the U.S. have the skills to effectively manage their people. In addition to unnecessary stress, HR experts say a bad boss can lead to burnout and health problems.

If you like your job, and not your boss, here are my tips on how to deal with a “horrible boss.”

Situation 1: Your boss ignores you in meetings
Cheryl’s advice: Come prepared, be confident and speak up. Don’t be rude, but assertiveness helps.

Situation 2: You are excluded from projects
Cheryl’s advice: Suggest a project of your own, and don’t take it personally (even if it’s true, keep smiling.)

Situation 3: Your boss micromanages you
Cheryl’s advice: Do the tasks and don’t complain around the office. Think of something additional you can do that they’re not expecting. Don't show emotion, and don’t let them see you sweat.

Situation 4: Your boss is inaccessible 
Cheryl’s advice: Reschedule. Wait a day or two, make sure you feel confident. (And in the meantime, you are frustrated, yes, but keep it to yourself. You don't want that getting back to the boss.)

Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. She also serves as a financial contributor on FOX News Channel (FNC), and provides weekly job reports. Click here for more information on Cheryl Casone.