Is it better to take a bad job with a good boss or a good job with a bad boss?
Currently I'm working with a good boss but the job isn't that great (because there is no future there and pay isn't that great). I recently found a good job (pay is good with medical insurance, commission and bonuses) but the boss there is stupid and nightmare to work with. What is my better option?
I would not go with a bad boss. What is the value of good pay and benefits if your life is miserable all day every day? You can be in the wrong job with a good boss; I suggest finding the right job with a great boss.
The number one reason for people leaving their place of work is having a bad manager. Quality of life is much more important than suffering a bad boss. IF you're looking for more opportunity, then keep the good boss job and work a side hustle business to get ahead. If you sacrifice getting the "bad boss" then you won't have the energy to get ahead.
In my working career , i have learnt to work with all types of boss.Learning how to manage your boss is your responsibility and this will often determine your experience. I once had a boss that was dreaded by my superiors and colleagues ,she had a temper and could make you feel useless. So studied the experiences and the conversations others had with her and found the perfect antidote to overcome her scolding and temper. My colleages get into more trouble when they try to argue or defend themselves with her ,so often this would result in heated arguments and insult .Whenever i had to meet with her ,or had done something wrong , i tried not to argue to with her and talk less ,often she would say you are not saying anything and never fell for her bait and in between i would smile and laugh . Also i learnt never to take anything personal ,it was just on the job . Soon my colleagues wondered how we got along with her and the answer was simply talk less when she seems to be annoyed and never take it personal. Bottom line that working experience made me able to manage any boss.So when i also became i boss i avoided replicating all those experiences but rather bonded with my team. A bad boss can be managed, a bad job will leave you sad everyday and morning .
Unfortunately neither scenario is good. Why take a bad job when you won't be challenged? Or why take a job with a bad boss who will ale your life miserable?
I don't know what you mean by bad job. As long as job is legal, ethical and has good potential but may not be best in terms of pay or ease of handling, you can make a job good by shaping it in your own way. Bad a bad boss you cannot change and my experience shows that any amount of effort will not change an evil boss, who is incompetent, selfish, insecure and basically bad news. Mind you there are more of them in varying degrees than good bosses.
These evil ones only know how to manage their bosses and protect their chair. They are political and at the drop of a hat, will destroy your career. They will take all credit of your good work and pass down all blame for failures. That pretty much decribes a bad boss. My advice "STAY AWAY"!!
any job and any business is about building a relationship - and a 'bad boss' will ruin it. With a 'bad job' there is a chance that together you can put in a lot of effort to grow and evolve thus making the job worth it. Depends on priorities and how much time a person is ready to spend on building it.
The bad job with good boss is the better option. It's better to be surrounded by good people. Having healthy relationships is what matters the most.
I would look for a different company. If you start working in the good job with a bad boss, it could become a nightmare. Good bosses usually indicate a successful business. The trouble with a bad leader is there is a lot of turnover in a Company and that isn't good for morale. I would stick with your current company and keep looking for a better opportunity.
well to be honest with that question i would recommend one to work with the good boss even if the job is a bad one. The reason for that is simple the good boss will definitely understand your feelings and will help you when need but the bad one may hurt you and in the long run you may feel tired.
Having had a serious problem with an employer back in 1999 following an epileptic fit on their site, I would definately side with the good, reliableemployer who has moral fibre. I would say stick with the employer which you know. If he works well with you, and you have a good (professional) relationship, he/she is likely to be more reliable and sympathic. That is what I would deem to be a good boss, they are getting increasingly hard to find.
The job may not be that great, but it is at least an income, you can always look around in the meantime. I must say though that the market is very tight at the moment,and things on the employment front far from improving which is the impression which our little Government would like to suggest. To that end, even if you hate the job, stick with it until you find what you want. It is easier to get a job whilst you are employed than not.
Having spent four years nursing my critically ill father, who passed on in August of last year, getting back in to the market, even at a basic level, despite the fact that I have over 30 years experience in my field of work, getting an interview, or even been acknowledged is no mean feat. Employers are being very picky relating to experience, computer packages you have used (the latter to the point of absurd) and even down to the sector they work in. Many job advertisements expect you to have worked in their sector of business and used their computing software.
As I have found "moving sideways" out of my profession (Credit Management) in to completely different areas altogether is proving impossible. So stick with this job you have at the moment, even if you hate it. Look at the market and register with Agencies and keep an eye on the press and apply for ones you feel suitable. There is no harm in asking a future employer for a copy of the Job. Spec. so you can see the skills you have and how they can be transferred.
If you find an employer who seems to be friendly and you feel wil be stable, check the accounts and Annual Return at Companies House. (www.compaies-house.com). Look at the Annual Return first:
1. It is Free
2. It gives you an indication whether the company is reliable in terms of returns being on
time and up to date, together with the length of incorporation. In to days market, the
length of incorporation is not an absolute guide as we have seen over the last 2years
with some large, and very old names getting in to trouble and making redundancies
or closing altogether.
If you feel happy about that, then request from Companies House the copy of the last set of accounts filed, and from that you can get a rough idea how stable they are and whether their affairs are getting better or worse.
The filed accounts will confirm the stability of the company and whether they are on an upward or downwards turn and what their true size is (always get two years accounts) These days smaller companies tend to be more staff friendly that large PLCs and other businesses who have no real contact with their staff.
I am sorry to have gone on, but I hope that this answers your question in full.
You'll do better to take the better job, and also perhaps make it your goal to not want the person in charge to be any different than they are. You'll only find people difficult to work with if you have expectations about how they should behave or perform. In the process of getting past that thinking you'll find it easier if you look for things you like about them.
In my humble opinion, there is no correct answer other than asking yourself. Do you see yourself there in 5 years? or is this job going to get me closer to my objective in life? (start my own business, get me the necessary credentials for another job, Self-satisfaction)
If you say that one job has no future, but the other has a person you're having difficulty handling then the answer to this could be:
"Go for the better job with the bad boss because you are always going to have to deal with arrogant, prideful, angry bosses/clients everywhere. There is no escape to that, in the end this job might get you a promotion (or an offer) or you could even outshine him if you deal your cards right"
Good job with a bad boss. Do the good job in the best way and be the boss thereafter in the same company or a new one!
Sadiq, out of curiosity is it possible there really is a future with the good boss? Things are not always as they seem- perhaps there is more potential to be had with a willing partner (the good boss). On the other hand do the 'things' made available by working with a "stupid nightmare" outweigh the reality of working with this person?
From personal experience, I would take a good boss 10 times out of 10. They can make a boring job more enjoyable and a crappy job even worse. They can also ruin a perfectly great job for you.
If I were you, I wouldn't compromise on either, though. Just put yourself out there and find something where both the boss and job are stellar. It doesn't help you in the short term, but since we spend most of our day at work, being happy there is super important, IMO.
I vote neither. If you dislike your job and it's going no where, there is no incentive. This work experience shows up on your resume. "going no where" If it's a good job with a bad boss, chances are this individual has escaped termination by throwing others under the buss. My rule of thumb is do what's best long term. It's your reputation in the long run.
As a part of your learning curve, you may wish to venture out with better money and a bad boss, and try to see if you can break through his/her toxic behavior and develop a bit of a working relationship so you have further room for advancement...If you do well despite your feelings about your boss, you will become recognized...
I vote for good boss until you find an opportunity that is good job/ good boss. Bad bosses are toxic and will infect your entire well-being.