Dealing with boss the first time


‘A.S’ a junior executive had newly joined a corporate company. It is the first time that he is dealing with a ‘boss’ who unfortunately is quite difficult. Since ‘AS’ is fairly new to the industry, the boss is yet to realize AS’s potential. As of now, AS reports to one of the Boss’s subordinates and she treats AS worse than a trainee, always pointing out at faults and unwilling to co-operate at all. AS feels helpless, but do not want to quit as of now.

A few experienced junior position executives may be sailing in the same boat. But they are not the only sufferers. This is a common corporate phenomenon that each one of such executives who are now seniors have faced or had to face at some or other times in their professional lives. But dealing with bosses and colleagues is something that one needs to master early on in their corporate life, because the mantra to exist is “Survival of the fittest.�

When dealing with bosses, one needs to be patient, observant and avoid being informal at least in the beginning. As time goes by and after the Boss has formed an opinion about him/her, the new incumbent may slightly open up, based on the level of comfort that he/she enjoys. Well this is a thumb rule that one needs to follow when it comes to dealing with people at the workplace.

By learning about certain workplace realities, one can understand better how people around the office communicate, what they expect of new employee. It is up to the new executive how best to utilize the colleagues or establish rapport with them to further career prospects.

The boss must be treated as a prospective client then half the battle at understanding and dealing with him is won. That may sound a bit weird, but if the new entrant wants to get ahead in his/her career, it’s essential to think of the boss as a customer who is paying for your services.

The adage ‘The customer is always right’, definitely holds true in this relationship. While the subordinate may not agree with some of boss’ decisions, he/she needs to understand that he/she may not be privy to certain information that lies behind his decisions. Alternatives can be politely suggested to the boss if the junior thinks the boss is misguided, but if he sticks to his guns, agree and do what he asks of you.

The boss recommends raises, promotions and contributes to subordinate’s overall career development. The subordinate must do what it takes to make him a satisfied customer.

Bosses have to be master jugglers. It’s common for them to be handling many important projects at once while still trying to manage their subordinates. Often, their workload may prevent them from giving the attention to their assistants. A word of advise is when communicating something to the boss, spare him the brutal details and cut to the chase. If the boss wants more details, he will ask.

Often it may be difficult to grab boss’s undivided attention. While he may seem to get distracted easily by phone calls and interruptions, the harsh reality is that he has responsibilities that are far more important than you. Be patient. If you have a hard time engaging your boss’ attention or he becomes sidetracked easily, get to the point quickly. If you really need to talk to your boss or manager without interruptions, schedule an appointment with him. You also can try to meet away from the office to avoid the inevitable distractions. That way the boss’s attention will be focused on you.

If the above points are kept in mind that is these rules (service, respect, and patience), the subordinate will soon find that he/she will rise not only in the boss’s esteem, but in career as well.

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