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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)