What to Do When Your Boss Is Trying to Make You Quit

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You are in a tenuous position when you suspect your boss is trying to make you quit. A promised raise never arrives. You are assigned only unimportant work, or your boss is always too busy to talk to you. When you find yourself in this situation, you have a few options to resolve the problem: meet with your boss for a candid conversation, transfer internally within the company or resign.

Meet With Your Supervisor

Start by communicating your concerns with the supervisor you think is trying to make you quit. In some cases, you may have misconceptions, and the boss is distracted with his own responsibilities. A conversation may allay your fears. If your perceptions are accurate, the boss may lay his cards on the table. If so, you know where you stand and can plan your next move. A supervisor may try to navigate through the meeting without revealing his intent; listen for clues in his remarks that indicate he is trying to get rid of you. Whatever the result, write yourself a memo to document the conversation.

Seek an Internal Transfer

In a large organization, you may be able to transfer to another division, business unit or department. This strategy allows you to stay in the company, keep a job and avoid ongoing tension with a boss who doesn't appreciate your efforts. This approach may cause some strife if it takes a while for your transfer request to go through. However, as long as you remain respectful, do your job and avoid conflicts, an internal transfer may be your best alternative.

Ineffective Strategies

Going to human resources with your concerns may not the best move, according to Global Executives communications adviser Rob Wyse. HR has become a core element of strategic management, which means leaders in the HR department of some companies are closely tied to other top-level leaders and tend to support management. Resigning without considering other measures is another unwise strategy. You may lose an opportunity to sue for illegal discrimination based on factors such as race, age or gender, if they apply.

When You Resign

Mentally or physically unbearable working conditions are good reasons to resign, but before you do, report any harassment or discrimination problems through the proper channels. Otherwise, you may lose your legal rights to make any claims. Don't sign exit documents without taking the time to review them. Collecting unemployment when you resign can be difficult, although some states allow it if your employer isn't giving you work, your working conditions are intolerable or you must care for a sick family member. Document any special conditions and explain them on your unemployment application.