Making the Best of a Bad Employment Situation

There are many reasons to take up a job, but whatever led you to start working somewhere, you never know what you'll be feeling like about your work three months down the line. Some jobs sound amazing at first look but when you join up you realize it's not something in your ballpark. Other jobs might seem terrible from the outside but are actually very satisfying to work on. Here are some of the most common bad employment situations and our suggestions on how you can deal with them.

Bad Boss Syndrome

Being mistreated by your immediate superiors is unfortunately the number one concern for employees. There can be many ways in which a manager can be mistreating you. They could have a bad temper, berating you at every opportunity. They could have a personal issue with you and take it out on you through the way they manage you. They could be giving someone else preferential treatment due to a personal liking. Or they could just be really inept at their job and shifting the blame to you whenever they can.

No matter what kind of bad boss you're dealing with, there are different ways to deal with this problem. Depending on the severity of their behavior, you can simply reach out to them and talk to them about their issues. A lot of the time, they don't even realize they're doing something wrong until you point it out to them.

If your boss has an attitude problem and finds out you have enmity towards them, taking orders from them will become even harder as they might start to use their influence to make your experience even worse. The best course of action here is to reach out to your HR and file a formal complaint against them.


Sometimes a job is just a job and you won't necessarily be doing something you're passionate about. If that's the case with you, there are only two things you can do. You can either make the job more bearable by adding some color to the process or you can try to find something that is more to your liking within the same company. If you really want to stick it out, even a small addition like putting on music while you work can make it a better experience for you. Depending on your expertise and line of work, you can also speak to your management and have them suggest a different role within the company that is more to your preference.

Skill Level Not Achieved

Sometimes, either due to a lack of training or lack of skills, you just find a job really hard to do. You can polish your skills further by getting professional training and spending more time on practicing your craft. Most employers will actively encourage this and might even provide you the training you need if they see you're willing.

There are many bad employment situations out there but you don't have to be in one of them. Make the best of what you have and the future might hold something much better for you.