Help, I Hate My Boss! A Collegiette's Guide to Coping with a Bad Boss

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"Is there some reason that my coffee isn't here? Has she died or something?"
Okay, so maybe we’ll never have it as bad as Andy did in The Devil Wears Prada, but some days, you find yourself wondering if your boss is the carbon copy of the Cruella DeVille of the publishing industry, also known as Miranda Priestly, Editor-in-Chief of the fictional fashion magazine Runway. After all, there has got to be a law against ordering interns to make coffee runs in stilettos.
Until we find that in the rulebooks, though, your Miranda-clone boss is still going to be that “bad boss,” so we’ve rounded up some tips on how to deal with your predicament while keeping your sanity (and without losing your job).

Is your boss a “bad boss”?
A study cited by career expert Dr. Randall S. Hansen from found that nearly 80 percent of the employees surveyed identified their boss as a lousy manager.
Heather R. Huhman, a career expert and founder of the PR firm Come Recommended, says that for the recent grad in an entry-level position, the relationship between boss and young professional may not be as rewarding as expected.
“Unfortunately, internship and entry-level professionals may be more prone to encountering a ‘bad boss’ because of their inexperience with the working world and eagerness to gain experience in their field,” Huhman says. “Young professionals might encounter a boss who is a bully. They could work under someone who is inconsiderate or rude. They may also be in a situation where their boss is bad at communicating with their team, too demanding, or incompetent at their job.”



About The Author

Alexandra is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire and the current Assistant Digital Editor at Martha Stewart Living. As a journalism student, she worked as the Director of UNH’s Student Press Organization (SPO) and on staff for four student publications on her campus. In the summer of 2010, she studied abroad at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, in England, where she drank afternoon tea and rode the Tube (but sadly no, she did not meet Prince Harry). Since beginning her career, her written work has appeared in USA Today College, Huffington Post, Northshore, and, among others. When not in the office, she can be found perusing travel magazines to plan her next trip, walking her two dogs (both named Rocky), or practicing ballet. Chat with her on Twitter @allie_churchill.