The Little Weaknesses of the Big Boss
He comes to work without being late and leaves later than everyone else. What goes on behind the doors of his office, where only a pretty secretary enters without fear?
Looking at him, it’s hard to imagine that he may have a sore throat, that more than anything, he loves chocolate ice cream, and in the circle of friends perfectly parodies Jim Carrey.
Who is he? Your boss. It’s time to get to know him better and compare your and his views on the profession, career, and ideal workday.
Life is passing you by
Us. Outside the window, we see real-life movies, cars rushing around and happy couples walking by. We peep at the changing time of day over the computer monitor and wait for the long-awaited six o’clock. And then we complain that we do not have time for anything, that all the most interesting things in life happen without our participation. To live only a couple of hours a day, between work and sleep, is a very sad fate.
He has. As a rule, the bosses spend even more time in the workplace. Some stay late out of habit for 2-3 hours, some stay until midnight. But, surprisingly, bosses very rarely complain that “life goes by.” Work is life too, and the most fascinating part of it.
Point of intersection. We should treat work the same way, too. After all, that’s why they are the bosses and we are the subordinates. Stop peeking out the window at life – there are limitless opportunities for victory and self-expression in the office space.
Not a paycheck, but a tear
Us. What do employees complain about most often? That they aren’t appreciated. Translated from the language of metaphors – the salary is too small. We work 40 hours a week or more at our workplace, and we are entitled to a much more substantial remuneration.
They have. Bosses are people who see financial reports with their own eyes and can do some good math. And from their bosses’ armchair, first of all, you can clearly see who is “worth” how much, and secondly, the mechanism for determining this value is absolutely clear. As for their own salaries, there are divided opinions. Somebody thinks that he gets as much as he deserves, and if he is not satisfied with it, he makes plans to increase his productivity and profit. Some people are just as sure as we are that their salary is a mere pittance. If only because the responsibility and level of responsibility is incomparably higher.
Point of intersection. Take an example from top managers. Not satisfied with the salary? Complaints – the last thing. Better think about how you can move up the career ladder and increase their real value in the labor market. Bosses, whoever, know very well that everything depends on our independent actions.
Out of our depth
We have. “Sometimes I look around and think, ‘Who are these people? What am I doing here?” – complains a friend. She often recalls her teenage dreams of becoming an actress, rushes from extreme to extreme – for example, today she is absolutely convinced that she is worthy of more and once just missed her chance.
They have. Bosses rarely feel out of place – they have a high position, a cozy office and a certain number of subordinates, almost every one of whom literally does not get out of this “plate”. And also the experience of management and a good overview from the heights of the career ladder open one simple truth: at any given moment we are only where we deserve to be. In short, the “plate” is ours, even if we don’t like it very much.
Point of intersection. Your workplace is exactly where you’ve been able to reach because of your abilities, the quality of your resume, and the art of self-presentation. And if dreams of becoming an actress do not leave your hot head – go to acting classes. It will become easier, and acting skills in life will always be useful!
Time is money
We have. There is a great way to work. You live a measured life, frequent visits to the coffee machine, filling up your cozy blog posts on the web. And then a deadline comes along, and you’re all work, sometimes 24 hours a day. Family respects such a feverish activity, but the boss is not looking kindly. And you spitefully think he dreams of bossing an army of robots.
They do. Perhaps the biggest complaint of top managers around the world about their employees is the inability to value time. A manager is always the one who has learned to manage not only human resources, but also his own time. This is why he is so uncomfortable with the habit of working from deadline to deadline. Most bosses know how to value time and spend it rationally, and therefore they manage to do ten times more than their employees during the day.
Point of intersection. Remember what was the worst sin in Miranda’s newsroom from The Devil Wears Prada? Tardiness. Being late for work, not turning in a project on time, not meeting any deadlines. You may not have a brilliant oratorical skills, you may make mistakes. But all of these deficiencies you can easily make up for with punctuality. Learn to properly manage your time, and it will be the shortest way to the stern heart of the boss.
The ideal workplace
Us. Let’s say you read an article about a progressive American company where employees are allowed to move around on rollerblades and scooters. Since then, the ideal workplace for you is one in which instead of boring gray furniture – bright chairs-bags, and instead of corporate paintball games – a collective vacation in Spain. And your boss probably dreams about such an office, where every employee is on the peak of his ability to work year-round, and everyone is tirelessly moving towards a bright corporate future.
They do. They don’t. The ideal workplace through the eyes of the boss is one with a great psychological atmosphere. It is pleasant to work without intrigues and silly envy.
Point of intersection. Smile. Your boss sees many masks throughout the day, from ingratiation and overt flattery to carefully disguised rejection. So smile, and instead of gossip and complaints, spread waves of positivity. After all, in any office there are enough operators “word of mouth” and pessimists, but people with a good mood – a rare staff in the service market.