Dealing with the bosses in your workplace has always been tricky. Sometimes you do not have any control over the way your boss handles, behaves, reacts with you but you as a subordinate need to work out certain strategies so that his behavior at times doesn’t make your life miserable.
I have chosen to write this article to highlight a concept called ‘Boss management’ wherein the employees concerned with little trick & practice can make sure that he can be managed very well. You can’t afford to be ignorant these days & the saying ‘Ignorant is bliss’ holds no good.’ With a decent qualification & experience every one gets hold of a lucrative job & the choice to accept or reject the job is purely left to us; but the choice of reporting to a particular boss is beyond our control. Failure to use your sanity in handling the boss can sometimes drive you crazy & you might begin your search for a new job as a last resort. Further in today’s fast paced corporate world more & more overworked & untrained employees take the boss throne. They may be exemplary towards their job related functions but their in competency & poor management skills are key features that churn out bad managers. Here some invaluable tips.
• Act professionally. Whatever may be the situation in your workplace, department, section, act professionally. Don’t let your mood swings affect your productivity. It is very likely that your boss’s attitude is affecting your performance, try ignoring all these distractions.
• Analyze your performance. Try to understand the reason behind boss’s anguish. The first solution is an honest analysis of your actions & behavior. “One must realize that most times employee’s poor performance is what irks the boss. Appreciating sincere efforts & bringing employee’s slip offs to notice is much expected of a boss,” avers one such corporate trainer.
• Confront your boss. “People quit jobs because they feel they can’t cope up with their difficult boss. That’s not the solution. If you realize that your boss’s attitude is affecting your peace of mind, talk to him. Tell him exactly what you need from him in terms of direction, feedback & support in a polite manner. Remember; never confront your boss in an emotionally-charged rage.
• Report your bad boss. No company would want to keep a manager who is hurting performance or productivity, although, in many cases employees who complain are considered as impatient & whiner. Make sure you have enough proof & document list of bad action if you decide to seek HR’s help.
• Find a mentor. Look for a mentor in other managers or more skilled peers to seek important advice and expand your work experience. A mentor is someone who can help you in many ways, from offering a shoulder to cry on to arriving on important decisions at work front.
• Consider boss as a human being. Don’t project him as a super human being. He is like any other individual who has his own likes & dislikes. You as an employee need to exhibit human skills in addition to other managerial skills from time to time to see through the mind of your boss.
• The last resort. No job, boss, or company is worth losing your healthy, sanity & self esteem. If you think your boss will never change & working with him is a futile effort, try to seek a transfer to some other department within the organization. Careful introspection might reveal that it’s time to look for a new job.
Adjusting, pampering or comprising with your boss shall serve no purpose. If you have no methods or strategies to handle your boss’s bad behavior however good you may be you would be decimated & you will have no option but to quit your job. Learning & putting these tips in action from time to time can bring in a great deal of confidence & self worth.