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Updated on Monday, January 6

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QUESTION: How do you deal with a bad boss? I feel like ever since I was hired, my boss wants nothing to do with me (this happened from the very first day) and pretty much ignores me, seemingly on purpose. Is there anything that can be done to fix this problem so that I can have a good work experience?

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  1. That's not necessarily "bad".
    Did he give you work to do? Do you have people on your team you can turn to for help? Your boss might be extremely busy.

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  2. Why do you have to be friendly with your boss? It's just a job.

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    1. It's not necessarily about that. You definitely don't have to be friendly with your boss (although it's always good if you can be), but OP makes it sound like his/her boss is just not noticing him/her and that can result in a much worse experience due to lack of good work etc.

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  3. For the most part, I have worked very little with my actual bosses in the past but with a 'mentor' or advisor they have assigned me on the team. At my first job, this was confusing and I always wanted to report back to my boss but I quickly learned he was too busy and had delegated someone else on the team to manage me. This is quite normal!

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    1. This is how software internships work as well. Your boss is always available to meet and discuss things but you only really go to them if you need to escalate some issues with other teams and weekly 1-1s. Mentor handles all the immediate "how do I do this?"/"I finished this, what's next?" questions.

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  4. Accidents happen... say one day your boss doesnt show up to work.. Catch my drift?

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  5. OP here. She is pretty busy, but seems to have time to make small talk/joke with the other employees. I wasn't assigned a mentor, and I barely had any training. This makes it difficult for me to feel like I have anyone to answer my questions when my own boss doesn't make me feel welcome. It makes me wonder why she even hired me if she doesn't seem to enjoy having me around at all.

    In response to RL, she doesn't give me enough work to do, so I often have to go back to her and ask what else she needs help with. At this point, she seems annoyed that I'd even ask her, as though I'm supposed to know what's next when I'm new and was barely trained at all.

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    1. I actually felt the same way too. Kinda felt like I wasn't given enough training either ... Thankfully, I was given a manual so I just started reading it and basically tried to train myself. So after doing assigned work (there really isn't a lot), I just decided to do all the stuff given in all the manuals and ended up being quite busy and actually looked like I was doing something ....

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