Recently I had an experience in interviewing a candidate. When I asked her the reason behind her change in job, she replied “My Boss”. “Your Boss! But How?” That was my obvious question. She replied “ I do all the work. My Boss is lazy and he always puts pressure on me. I even do his assignments. So I think I should get the chair of my Boss and his salary.”
It is very clear I rejected this rebellion lady. But a thought came in my mind. How many people suffer from this syndrome “I contribute more than my Boss”.
I remember in initial days of my career , I used to get feedback from my peers about my the-then Boss exactly the identical which the lady told. Somehow my immature brain started to believe the same. Later on when I slowly gained experience I saw that as you climb up the ladder your tasks are no more quantifiable. Because you no more deliver measurable outputs in terms of tasks done but contribute to the growth of the company as a whole. That creates an illusion to the juniors that Boss is not working. My Boss once said me “Managers are like salts- whose presence is not felt but absence makes the food tasteless.” Now I realize it is so true.
Another common issue that the employees face is they feel that they are victimized of office politics. They feel depressed and often leave their stable job. For them my advice is “STOP. RE-THINK. First find the answers of the following queries:
1. Do you feel the next office is free from office politics
2. Why you feel you are victimized
3. What is the gain that your manager will get by victimizing you
4. Have you tried out other options like speaking about your problems with your Boss/ Escallating your issues to the top management?
5. Have you set your expectations right
I feel the change of job should always be for a better career option and not for escape. Because the escapists are never successful
I don’t disagree that office politics exists. But the theory of evolution says “Survival of the fittest”. And only way you can prove that your fittest, is by your output..
Some Managers are accused of favoring few people in the team. But remember he will never be at fault if his favoritism can ultimately prove beneficial for the company. If his decision affects the performance of the team then you need not worry. The company will take necessary action.
It happens at times that the gelling is not good with your manager. Somehow the chemistry is not working out. My suggestion will be simply perform at your best. Leave no margin of error. Don’t get mentally upset because that will affect your performance and put you in more trouble. All you need to do is perform at your best and show results to your Manager. I am sure you will gain his confidence and things will improve.
What I feel the focus of the people who are at the initial phase of the career is not to evaluate Manager’s performance but concentrate on self development and increasing efficiency. Even if you feel your manager is not supporting you, speak to him directly. Many confusions get clear once you speak face to face.
Just remember one thing. There is no alternative to hard work. If you are in the initial phase of your career then forget all. Just concentrate hard and produce profitable outputs.
You will be Manager very soon.