The Toxic Boss – 6 X 6

What happens when you have a toxic boss and how to fix it

A toxic boss affects your work, job satisfaction, and quality of life. Knowing what a toxic boss does to the organization and the employee is essential. But equally important is to have strategies to manage a poisonous boss situation.

Here are six consequences of working for a toxic boss:

  1. Decreased job satisfaction – A toxic boss can create a hostile work environment, making employees unhappy and demotivated, decreasing job satisfaction and performance.
  2. Increased stress and anxiety – A toxic boss can also create a stressful work environment, increasing pressure and physical health problems.
  3. Burnout – If the toxic boss continually demands too much from their employees or expects them to work long hours, this can lead to burnout.
  4. High turnover rates – Employees who work for a toxic boss are more likely to quit their jobs, leading to high turnover rates.
  5. Damage to career growth – Employees may find that working for a toxic boss can damage their career growth, and they may be unable to develop their skills or build a positive professional network.
  6. Legal issues – In extreme cases, a toxic boss can engage in abusive or discriminatory behavior, leading to legal issues for the employee and the company.

We know addressing the situation when dealing with a toxic boss is essential. Below are the six ways to deal with a toxic boss.

  1. Document the behavior – It’s essential to document the toxic behavior of the boss, including specific incidents, dates, and times. This information may be needed if you decide to take the issue to HR or legal authorities.
  2. Seek support – Talk to a trusted colleague, mentor, or friend about the situation. They may be able to provide support and offer advice on handling the situation.
  3. Set boundaries – Set clear boundaries with your boss, including what behavior is unacceptable and what you are unwilling to tolerate.
  4. Communicate – Communicate your concerns with your boss calmly and professionally. Be clear about what the issues are and how they are affecting you.
  5. Seek HR support – If the boss’s behavior affects your work or creates a hostile work environment, consider speaking with HR. They may be able to provide guidance and support in handling the situation.
  6. Consider seeking a transfer or a new job – If the situation is not improving, consider looking for a transfer to a different department or a new job altogether. Remember that your health and well-being should always come first.

When dealing with a toxic boss, we must take ownership of our careers. But, taking ownership of the situation and your career can be challenging, and resolving the situation is not always possible. However, taking steps to address the issue can help improve the situation and minimize the negative impact on your work, well-being, and job satisfaction.


Rich Jones is the Founder/Principal of Leading2Leadership LLC. Before starting his strategic planning agency, he spent over 20 years in leadership roles in the financial services sector. Before becoming an executive in the financial services sector, Rich was an entrepreneur, building and selling two businesses and working for early-stage start-up companies in executive roles in marketing, business development, and seeking investment partners. With more than three decades of experience, he brings innovative thought to companies and executives. Rich published “Leading2Leadership, a Situational Primer to Leadership Excellence.” The book is available on and was designed to be used as a book study for leadership development programs; it breaks leadership skills into manageable situations for discussion and reflection. Rich works with credit unions, CUSOs, and vendors, designing digital, data, culture, marketing, and branding transformation strategies. In 2014, Chosen as a Credit Union Rock Star by CU Magazine, and in 2018, Rich received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council. A Marine and graduate of Colorado State University, Jones shares his expertise at

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