Having a bad relationship with your boss has a huge impact on your ability to do your job effectively. We look to our bosses for support, appreciation and direction. If this is lacking then there is a huge void in your working life, resulting in a lack of motivation and confidence that may ultimately lead to resignation.

Your relationship with your boss could be complicated by hierarchical levels, politics, targets and measurements, not to mention the new styles of management such as ‘matrix’ (who’s my boss today?) or ‘laissez-faire’ (who cares who’s my boss today?!). Large organisations have multiple layers of management and dozens of bosses; smaller organisations may only have one or two. To this day I don’t know which is ...

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