If I say the worst boss ever, or the worst company ever, I feel pretty certain that some imagery comes to your mind. Perhaps fiery pit of hell? We have all had that one boss or that one situation. I certainly have. Some core reasons that come to mind that we would probably agree on might be, not feeling appreciated or not being respected. Day in, day out – that gets pretty rough! Our attitudes suffer. Our performance suffers.
Rather than being productive, you imagine a poster of your boss on the wall and darts in your hand. Oh yeah!
Some people are able to leave the situation. Some find new employment. Some hold onto the hope that it will get better. Some really like aspects of their position whether it be co-workers that they have spent a lot of time with over the years or customers that they deal with. Some people actually have the poster made! Some feel that they have no choice but to stay. In that case, contempt festers. Morale takes a nose dive. I have seen this and I am sure you probably have as well. The question is will you be like those – some people, or, will you choose a different path?
If your hands are tied (or perhaps your heart), is there a lesson to be learned in working for the worst kind of person or company? How do you deal with a boss that makes you feel like a mere minion?
I offer these possible game changers.
- Realize that God is in everything. Even your horrible work situation. Begin looking for Him in your everyday. I promise He is there! In my situation, I found other Christians in my workplace and we began to pray together!
- Decide to shine for Him. Do not allow your work environment to extinguish your flame. God might be using you in this situation. You might be the only Christian that someone at your workplace will ever see. How exciting is it to think that you are on a mission for God?
- “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23 (NASB) This was a game changer for me. When I was in a minion situation, feeling hopeless- my whole outlook changed when I began to realize that the job was an avenue for me to serve! I also felt some joy in thinking that I was working literally for God rather than for the person who was so dismissive of me. Honestly, I could not help but to smile as if I had just been talking to God and we had a secret! It was God and I together, conquering the day!
- Remember this is just temporary! If Jesus could die on the cross for us bearing the unbearable and incomprehensible to us, we can endure someone who has no power over us. Truth – your boss only has perceived power over you. Nothing comes to you that does not go through God’s hands first. So whatever it is you might be enduring, know that it is but for a fraction of time and that God ultimately has a plan.
I hope that these perspectives (Redwood Perspectives) might give you a fresh way of looking at your day. I pray that you will see today with optimism and hope and that dread will not touch you. I pray that you will throw away the poster of your boss and the accompanying darts and replace them with the promise of God in your day.
Disclaimer: A really bad boss makes you appreciate a really great one!
Until Next Time,