Clearly, it is not a secret that at some point in your career path, you have had to quit your job ‘to get away from your manager.’ You aren’t alone. Statistics actually show that many people work in day in, day out putting up with a bad boss just to get that paycheck. Quitting is a tough call to make.

Many people cite reasons such as; “I don’t have the energy to go looking for another job”, others say, their current job pays so well, that if I quit I will have to take a pay cut. While many other people also complain that there are no better jobs in the market nowadays. One would even say that, “I will stick around, things will be better with time”

It is evident therefore that bad leadership breeds emotional and psychological fatigue at some point. When one feels desperate, the energy to search new opportunities is depleted and therefore resign to the famous Kenyan slogan “Bora Uhai” Loosely translated, “As long as there is life”

But what do successful know about handling a bad boss. I have borrowed some of these suggestions from Harvard Business review. They will help especially if quitting is not the immediate solution.

Foremost, make your requests more than confronting the boss for feedback. Finding the times when your boss is calm and relaxed is important when putting forth your requests. Avoid ambiguity as much as possible. Successful people know what they want, the resources needed and the support networks to accomplish the task. Objectivity is the name of the game.

Secondly, surround yourself with connections that will act as outlets to your emotional exhaustion pools. There is always power in connections and social networks within and outside the workplace. Successful people know that they may not have all the answers but better still, there is wisdom in talking to one’s networks

Positive self-talk

Third, successful people, ensure they embrace wellness. Taking adequate exercises and rest. Taking care of emotional, physical and psychological wellness is a priority. If possible, a day off work, leave or simply taking time off. Whenever possible, engage in activities your soul enjoys. Sing out in a choir, go for that concert, join that charity among others. More so, practice positive self-talk. Successful people know that they cannot control how their boss behaves, but they have control of how they will respond to the situation.

Be aware about when to call it quits

As Harvard Business review notes If you dread going to work every day, if you feel physically or mentally unsafe at work, if you spend more time thinking about your boss than your work, if stress from work permeates the rest of your life, if your self-esteem has plummeted, it’s time to go. You must give yourself permission to make a career change — to let go of hope that things will get better, and to overcome the fear of quitting.

Once you make the decision to quit, it’s important to do it as professionally and gracefully as possible