Sara El Kareh
Most of us have this problem dealing with our bosses, thinking they are just horrible individuals. What if we made a step to improve this relationship? In fact, this initiative will help you develop your career, encourage you more to work harder and might give you this chance to figure out that your boss is just not as terrible as you thought he/she was. Your “horrible” boss may not be the reason for the problems you’ve been having at work, but maybe just some misunderstandings.
Let’s think about some steps you can take to clear this confusion:
First of all, make sure your productivity is as good as you see it. In other words, check whether what you’re doing is considered in the same zone of your boss’s priorities. Therefore, ask about his/her expectations and start conversation about his/her interests and his objectives as well as his expectations so you can concentrate on working as he sees you should be.
Second, try to walk in your boss’s shoes. Take into consideration his/her objectives and you will start noticing the reasons of his/her certain behaviors. And if you’re wondering why is your boss so demanding that he/she sometimes give you last-minute tasks, you should know that behind these orders is someone other than your boss him/herself; maybe it’s the boss’s boss.
Moreover, this strange relationship between you and your boss may be not a personal problem. Think back about your previous relationships with other bosses you have worked for. Is it just a result of your reactions toward higher authorities?
Finally, keep in mind that your boss cannot be changed. No matter how your relationship deteriorates, you should be responsible for your upcoming actions and behaviors, for these are the only changeable factors that can improve this boss-employee relationship. Be considerate and act responsibly. Consequently, you will find yourself working with your boss more effectively than ever before.