3 major warning signs your manager is destroying your mental health
It's not worth it, ever, to stay at a job that negatively impacts your mental health — especially if your manager is to blame. Unsure why work is beating you down and worried it could be something bigger? Here are the red flags that your bad boss is damaging your mental health.
1. You're paranoid about what they're thinking when you're off the clock.
Sure, sometimes we all think about work when we're not at our laptop, especially in remote work situations. However, you shouldn't be afraid to step away from your desk if you've done what you've needed to. Everyone deserves a break — we'd burn out without them! If you think your manager looks down on you when you're not working, it may be time to reconsider how their opinion is affecting you.
2. They only give you negative feedback.
A good manager doesn't need to be positive all the time, and for you to progress, they shouldn't be. But if your manager is only negative and isn't giving you constructive criticism, they're not setting you up for success.
3. You dread (or even fear) interacting with them.
Your manager probably won't be your best friend, but they also shouldn't be someone you don't want to talk to. In a healthy working relationship, you should be able to freely ask questions, challenge new ideas, and offer up your opinions.
Has your manager negatively impacted your mental health? What were your warning signs — and how did you cope?