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Handling Worst Boss in World

Q. What do I do about the worst boss in the world? She insults me every day and I don't know how to respond because I need this job and the insurance. How much indignity am I supposed to endure? I'm beginning to think this is slavery.

Ans. It isn't and you don't have to endure more than you can stand. There ARE other jobs even if they aren't in your field and aren't exactly what you want to do the rest of your life. Psychologist Donna Hicks addresses those issues in her book "Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict." She believes you can defend yourself when your dignity is violated, as it seems to be in this situation. If you feel you can take the risk of leaving, prepare a polite speech explaining the violation and making it clear you won't tolerate it.  If you really can't leave the job, don't speak up but rally help from a colleague or superior in another department. Most important, it helps to remember that your dignity can be violated but it can't be taken from you and if the boss keeps doing it, that says more about her than about you.

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