Being betrayed by your boss is painful, to say the least. Whether they publicly shamed you for their mistake or gave someone else the promotion they promised you, it can make you want to quit.
If your boss habitually undermines you, leaving may in fact be your best bet. But if quitting isn’t an option, or isn’t an option right now, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
Continue to show respect to others, share ideas, and give credit. When your manager fails to keep promises, document it to help you remember what happened. When they take credit for your work, make sure important stakeholders know about your efforts. And find an outlet for your feelings.
You’re going to need to vent, so write in a journal or talk with someone outside of work. Above all, don’t retaliate or compromise your values.
Don’t let your boss’s actions turn you into someone you don’t want to be.
This tip is adapted from “What to Do When Your Boss Betrays You,” by Ron Carucci