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It’s a sad but true fact that being thin and attractive can help a worker get ahead. A study done by the University of Texas and Jeff Biddle of Michigan State University found that good-looking people earned 3% to 8% more than people who are just average looking and 5% to 10% more than those people who were rated as "plain."
8. I know you're faking it
If you're a typical employee you're probably fairly honest. About 66% of people recently surveyed said they don't call in sick when they're feeling perfectly well. Of course, there are slackers who feign illness, look for other jobs while at work, duck out early or pad their expense accounts. If a boss does get suspicious about an employee, things can get out of control quickly. In fact, about 30% of bosses said that they had checked on an employee who had called in sick to make sure that their "flu" was legitimate. About 64% of those bosses said they required a doctor's note while 48% called their employees to make sure that they at least sounded sick. Even more important, 19% checked their employee's social media account and an amazing 15% actually drove past the employee's house. What happened if the boss found the illness wasn’t legitimate? Some 16% actually fired the employee.
9. It’s all about me
About 50% of workers recently surveyed said that their bosses had taken credit for their work. One third said that their boss had "thrown them under the bus" to save himself or herself. Of course, not all of this is malicious. Sometimes a boss might believe that the employer-employee relationship doesn’t require that he or she give you credit. In other cases, if it's a big team, it could just be human error. Your boss just might not be able to remember who did what part of the project.
What you could do
What can you do if you feel your boss is your worst enemy or that it’s all about him or her? There are some things you should do if you have a bad manager. First, document everything. Keep a record of your wins and your losses. Why is this a good idea? It's because if your boss comes to you with either a perceived or real complaint or is looking for reasons to fire you, you would have documentation to support what you did or didn't do. When there’s a problem, you should always document it as well as your activities and your solution if there was one. You should also note how it affected the company. In addition, make sure that you document all concrete examples of your successes such as sales leads, numbers, or other measurable accomplishments.
Your documentation and other important information shouldn’t be accessible just on your company's network or your work computer. Back up all your documentation at home or to the cloud so that if were suddenly let go, you would have something you could use if you decided to file a complaint or that could help you get a new job.
There's always the temptation when dealing with a bad manager to respond in kind. Don't be sarcastic, snarky or facetious when talking with him or her. A bad boss will only use this behavior to justify their actions. Yes, taking the high road can suck. But if you have to prove some point, don’t get nasty. Just use your documentation to prove your point.
Use websites such as LinkedIn and other social media platforms to create a network and keep it active. You could use it to quietly put out the word that you're looking for another job but only with people you trust. That way it won’t get back to your manager.
It just might be better to quit than to keep dealing with a bad manager. If you have tried everything and none of it has worked and your manager is just impossible to deal with, it could be time to look for another job. This is not an ideal solution but sometimes it's the only resort.
If your manager is a bully
If you’re stuck with a manager who bullies you, it can make your job totally miserable. Fortunately, there are some good ways to deal with a manager who’s a bully as explained in this video.