By SARA YEE
These vampires are not literal bloodsuckers, but they are something else – they feed off the energy that you give out. So yes, vampire bosses. Not only are they feeding off you but, as a subordinate, you cannot really do anything.
Or can you?
Vampiric tendencies are inherently parasitic in nature and you, as the host, have to remove the parasite from where it has lodged.
It is proven that these sort of people are very much draining your energy and sometimes they are not even aware of it.
No garlic needed
I have briefly met people like these before and I can tell you the mood sours almost immediately. It’s no exaggeration to say you feel like the world would be better ending, because these people are draining your very soul.
Simply by identifying these people and cutting them out of your life is the first and most important step to take.
If you cannot do so because they are part of the workplace and are people who have substantially more power than you, it does not mean you have to suck up to them. You can, however, minimise damage by identifying boundaries and working out things with them civilly within those boundaries.
No silverware needed
There is no need to get up in arms about something that you cannot control. Where possible, avoid them. If that is not possible, practise simple breathing meditation – take in a deep, quiet breath and exhale slowly: repeat this a couple of times.
If the vampiric relationship is putting a strain on you and you feel the fangs pushing in just a little too much, talk to the vampire. If they are not willing to listen, assert your position gently and leave it at that.
Sometimes, small significant actions are better than large ones that take you nowhere.
Nail the coffin shut
Remember that, like real vampires, vampire bosses can and will suck the life out of you if you let them do so.
Working in an environment with them is difficult but it is possible; if you really cannot take it anymore, take it to someone higher.
You don’t need a garlic garland or to arm yourself with the last pair of silverware. Just remember that you need to keep them out of sight as much as possible.
Nail the coffin, and for extra measure, put it in a sunlit room – nothing kills negativity better than well-placed, well-timed positivity.
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Sara firmly believes that learning is a two-way process between a student and a teacher, and that everyday heroes are just as important as superheroes.