Working for someone you believe is a bad boss is extraordinarily difficult. Some people stay in these awful situations, others leave in search of a more satisfying work environment. But before you start floating your resume, consider Mary Abbajay’s simple advice.

The author of “Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work and Succeed with Any Type of Boss,” she says poor communication is often the problem. In a New York Times interview, Abbajay suggests comparing how you like to communicate verses how your boss likes to communicate. Then assess the gap between the two of you and determine what you can do differently.

Invite your boss for coffee. Then ask three questions that will clarify the manager-employee relationship. “How do you prefer to communicate?” “What are your priorities?” “What are your pet peeves?” Insights from an open, honest conversation could make you rethink your job search.


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