Be your boss’ part­ner not com­peti­tor

It is very com­mon that some mis­chievous sub­or­di­nates in­ten­tion­ally cre­ate hur­dles for their bosses. They like them to fail on ev­ery front to show their ca­pa­bil­ity to take their po­si­tions. It is not at all a good prac­tice

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Prof Man­har Arora

“Boss is al­ways right,” peo­ple must have used this phrase many a times in their pro­fes­sional lives. Mostly this phrase comes to mind when sub­or­di­nate is not con­vinced by the de­ci­sion taken by the boss and he/she thinks that the de­ci­sion will bring no re­sults and it is in­ap­pro­pri­ate, still they need to make ef­forts. In this process, peo­ple for­get that ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has their own style of think­ing and does have dif­fer­ent ways of work­ing.

In a pro­fes­sional ca­reer, one must have an urge to learn the "peo­ple skills", oth­er­wise it would be very dif­fi­cult to man­age your­self and your boss. Peo­ple man­ag­ing big re­spon­si­bil­i­ties have their own bound­aries in which they have to work and get work done by oth­ers. The su­pe­ri­ors or the man­agers know their re­sources, lim­i­ta­tions, as­sump­tions and peo­ple work­ing un­der their su­per­vi­sion. Con­sid­er­ing th­ese things they take de­ci­sions which is based on present sit­u­a­tion and fu­ture sce­nar­ios.

The sub­or­di­nates need to un­der­stand their im­por­tance. They are so cru­cial that they can con­vert the good de­ci­sions into bad and bad de­ci­sions into good by their virtue and ef­forts. Once the de­ci­sion is taken by the boss, this be­comes the ut­most du­ties of sub­or­di­nates to make it suc­cess­ful by their deeds and ac­tions in align­ment with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ob­jec­tive. If this is the only way that things have to move in the work­places, then why not to have a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with boss?

Let’s dis­cuss some points that could man­age boss and make him happy. Re­mem­ber if your boss is happy, you will be happy. If your boss is not com­fort­able, he will make you un­com­fort­able too.

Keep smil­ing

The first thing you can do to please your boss is to keep smile on your face. Your smil­ing face will ease work en­vi­ron­ment and your boss will feel com­fort­able with you. There is no rea­son to lose your smile at work­places un­til and un­less you are fired. Smile con­veys the mes­sage it­self that you are happy and com­fort­able in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Smile also com­mu­ni­cates your con­fi­dence and keeps you ahead of other em­ploy­ees. Just prac­tice this and you will find a change. Like ev­ery or­di­nary hu­man be­ing your boss also ex­pects re­spect.

Give re­spect and fol­low pro­to­col

Peo­ple are very miser in ex­tend­ing re­spect to their su­pe­ri­ors; they al­ways mea­sure it with the per­son­al­ity. Even if you think your boss does not de­serve the re­spect, you must take care of the prac­tice and ethics of work­place. In schools also this has been taught that pay re­spect to your su­pe­ri­ors. Re­spect and pro­to­col must be con­veyed both by ver­bal and phys­i­cal ges­ture.

Courtesy begets courtesy

With your smile and re­spect, us­ing hum­ble com­mu­ni­ca­tion could be the deadly weapon to please your boss in­ex­pen­sively. It has been ob­served that peo­ple are los­ing their mod­esty and be­com­ing very haughty. This is not at all a good sign at work­places, as peo­ple need ap­pre­ci­a­tion, soft words and hu­mil­ity. Small words and phrases of bad in­ten­tions said with wrong at­ti­tude can spoil the show. This could be de­mo­ti­vat­ing, and provoca­tive of en­mity among the em­ploy­ees. More over this can spoil the boss and sub­or­di­nate re­la­tion­ships. There has been a fa­mous say­ing “Courtesy begets courtesy”. So fol­low this rule with your boss.

Be trou­ble shooter

An­other as­pect that boss look into his/her sub­or­di­nates is that how he/she is help­ful in man­ag­ing and meet­ing the ex­pec­ta­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Since boss is in­charge of th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, he looks upon a per­son who can be an in­stru­ment to soar his per­for­mances. Be­come a prob­lem solver rather than a prob­lem cre­ator for your boss. It is very com­mon that some mis­chievous sub­or­di­nates in­ten­tion­ally cre­ate hur­dles for their bosses. They like them to fail in ev­ery front to show their ca­pa­bil­ity to take their po­si­tions. It is not at all a good prac­tice. Un­know­ingly peo­ple who do th­ese un­eth­i­cal con­ducts are silently spoil­ing their own per­son­al­ity. Once the en­mity has been devel­oped in peo­ple’s mind; they shall not be able to de­liver ser­vice with good in­ten­tions. In ad­di­tion to th­ese the cul­ture of the or­gan­i­sa­tion will be dam­aged and growth will suf­fer. Rea­son is sim­ple as boss and sub­or­di­nates both will try to dam­age each other’s po­si­tions and try to sab­o­tage each other’s projects. Ul­ti­mately the suf­ferer will be the or­gan­i­sa­tion for which they are work­ing. The moment the or­gan­i­sa­tion feels that it will be dev­as­tat­ing for its own well be­ing, those peo­ple are re­placed.

Help your boss to his achieve goal

En­vi­ron­ment is chang­ing around us. It is re­quired to have good re­la­tion­ship with ev­ery­one in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Try to be a good friend of your boss. With­out any ex­pec­ta­tion help him truly to get his goals. Be his part­ner in ev­ery ac­tiv­ity and give your hun­dred per­cent. Do not be­come his com­peti­tor rather be­come his as­so­ciate and jointly make ef­forts to achieve the de­sired ob­jec­tive with ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion and involvement. Hav­ing said that does not mean it im­plies to all the bosses, but th­ese are some cru­cial at­tributes that will help build bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with your su­pe­ri­ors.

How­ever, be very care­ful and aware of clever, op­por­tunis­tic and lousy bosses. Th­ese sug­ges­tions are ap­pli­ca­ble to all those bosses, who are de­liv­er­ing their ser­vices for the or­gan­i­sa­tions with dili­gence and sin­cer­ity. (Prof Arora is a Pun­jab-based ca­reer skill de­vel­oper with more than 15 years of busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. He can be con­tacted at aro­ra_­man­har@red­iff­mail.com)

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