People’s complaints about their job are all too often heard at the workplace these days.
I hate my job. My boss is constantly on my case. I’ve only been at this job for a year, its very stressful and I’m not able to get all of my assigned tasks finished before leaving work. The other employees get their assigned tasks done but I have noticed that they are cutting corners and never coming up short in their accomplishments and always getting preferential treatment by the boss. But, you should see how sloppy their work actually is. Its as if the boss doesn’t even notice yet I am often getting called on the carpet, getting writeups and verbal warnings for lagging behind although I consistently I try to do a neat and thorough job.
So, I say to that person that although you think you’re doing a good and thorough job and that’s commendable but unfortunately we don’t live in a world where we’re always being treated fairly. Bosses and managers want to see results.
Most bosses or managers are macro-managers if they have many employees. Therefore they don’t have time for details until they have to report to their managers. As far as you’re concerned, they want you to be completing tasks concerned with the most obvious and observable things. Tell them what they want to hear, show them what they want to see. Don’t do what you think you should be doing based upon your job description.
Managers have big egos. Do the tasks which will make them look good in front of their district and regional managers and you will be looked upon with favor by your immediate manager. Accomplish the tasks which have a direct affect on making money for the business you’re working for.
When orders come in for your company and they are implemented efficiently and effectively then there is an even exchange for the money your company’s client paid for that order or service. Your job is to make sure that order goes through or that service is performed perfectly to the satisfaction of your company’s client or customer no matter what section of the chain within the company you happen to work in. When the part of your job that directly affects the successful implementation of that order or service for your company’s client or customer then your company will be satisfied with payment in exchange for that service. And when your company gets paid, you get paid.
Not everybody works at a job that they completely like. We all work in environments which are very stressful depending on what sort of service your company is providing for the public and we all get paid in kind for the service we provide. And depending upon what part of the hierarchy of that company we work for you will experience the stress and workload which that area demands.
We don’t like our bosses or managers for a number of reasons. Mostly because they push us too hard. Also due to the fact that we don’t think their qualified for the job or they ask you to do something they themselves are incapable of performing. We think they must of been some sort of serious brown nose to get where they are. But, for whatever reason, they are where they are and you are where you are. If you’re unhappy with your job then you have the option of either sucking it up where you are, moving laterally within your company to a different department or working for another company.
If you choose to stay where you are then you either keep the same defeatist attitude about how you work and deal with your superiors or adopt a different way of doing things. You may not want to be a brown nose but perhaps you can work in such a way in which you bring the results that your boss wants to see without having to seem like your obviously doing things for him with no direct connection to making your company successful. Chances are that those particular results have to do more with completing your company’s orders and making your company more money than anything. And so then whenever you implement those tasks and complete them you pat yourself on the back and say “Cha Ching” as you use your fingers to make believe your completing a sale on an invisible cash register like they used to do in the old days.
So, I’ve done enough talking for now. What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment form boxes below.