Employee Relations in the UK

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Do you work for a difficult boss or manager? Most of us have at some time or another and in most cases, it is a situation that makes you feel powerless. Bad bosses and managers can make your working life miserable, and it’s very hard not to let that affect other areas of your life as well. It may seem hopeless, but there is another approach you can take.

In my work as a breakthrough energy expert, I have found that this is a problem that is more frequent than you think. A recent article in Inc. magazine reported that “3 out of 4 employees report that their boss is the worst and most stressful part of their job”. Even organizations that have employee relations in the UK and wellness programs are not immune. These are just some examples I’ve heard about recently:

Taking credit for another person’s work: have great ideas, do a great job and instead of being recognised or rewarded for it, your boss takes all the credit. This makes it look good and leaves you frustrated and angry.

Criticising overly in front of others: you are in a meeting and your boss misses everything you say, or has a joke at your expense, or makes some kind of critical comment. It’s bad enough that they do this but doing it in front of your co-workers makes you feel stupid and attacked.

Not allowing them to do their job: they are trying to do their job, but their boss keeps adding more and more work, which makes it impossible to complete something. Or they may constantly keep you away from what you are doing or be interrupted regularly. It is frustrating, overwhelming and once again, you may feel helpless.

Changing job roles without agreement: when he took this position, he was excited about what he was supposed to be doing, but now his boss forces him to do different things, things he never signed up for. He may like to travel and meet with clients, but his boss has suspended travel and now has him locked in the office behind the computer every day. This is not what you registered for.

These are just some examples, and they all have a story to tell about a challenging situation with their boss. Whether it is something that is happening now or something that happened in the past, there are many things you can learn and, despite appearances, there is something you can do. You can do some kind of training on how to handle difficult people, or you can decide to leave and look for another job, but you may find yourself in a similar situation again and need to contact across the United Kingdom employment solicitors in Manchester.

My recommendation is not to focus first on the boss and what they are or are not doing. Rather, it is to focus on you and your role in this situation. I would ask you to explore:

How does the situation make you feel? What emotions does it cause in you? Does it make you feel disrespectful? Do you feel inaudible or invisible or do you feel that you are not important? Why did you attract this situation?

It is much more stimulating to think about the situation this way, instead of thinking that it is something that is happening to you and that you would become the victim. If you have followed all these helpful guidelines and still feel you have been mistreated, you can contact employment solicitors in Manchester or elsewhere in the UK.

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