Adapted from a recent online discussion.
My boss is a bad guy. There’s not much more to it. I’m looking, diligently, for another job — not an easy thing to find right now, especially in my field — but while I do that and cross my fingers, how do I maintain my sanity? We’re a tiny workplace that he runs, there’s no human resources department, and quitting is not an option because getting hired while you’re unemployed is SO much harder.
And yes, I attend to hobbies, friends, etc., but I work long-ish hours, and this has been going on long enough that it’s hard to control the bleed into my personal life, especially because he can be very personal. Thanks.
How are you at distancing yourself, as if what you experience with your boss isn’t a relationship, but instead a thing you watch as if you’re safely behind glass? It has come up in my online chats as imagining yourself as a scientist or anthropologist — so, you’d be studying the specimen that is your boss.