It is a fact that many of us do 9 to 5 jobs. This 8 hours span can be frustrating when it is fully filled by a large amount of work. This 8 hours span can also be even more frustrating when someone has to pass it while dealing with difficult boss, whether it is an incompetent, hot-headed, abuser boss or else.
Frustrated with your abundant workload?
Well, we as a human being surely have limits, not only physically but also mentally. Feeling exhausted or even bored is a normal thing that happens when we come to that limit. If so, then it is time to be more efficient or make things more efficient.
This limit I said earlier is affected by the integrity and determination that someone has. So it is easier for someone with a little amount of integrity and determination to get exhausted by their workload. You can keep in mind that communicating with this to so-called difficult boss means risking the value of someone’s integrity and determination. It is yours, and your boss.
Some Tips When Dealing With Difficult Boss
In the previous article about improving time management skills, you can see that sometimes we really need to discuss our workload with our boss. Hence, these tips will come in handy when the right time has come. Let’s take a look for these 3 tips to get a deal to cut your workload.
Let’s check some tips about cutting your workload
1. Give something before asking for anything
In this case, the law of attraction may be applied. The law that says every positive experience comes by focusing your thoughts on something positive.
So, instead of saying we want to reduce the quantity of the workload, we can say that we want to increase the quality of our work. It is logical to think that less workload would give more space to focus more on the quality itself. So keep giving good quality of the work before asking to cut the quantity of the workload.
When this done, the work will be more efficient and you can ask to cut the workload with a logical reasoning. No matter your difficult your boss is, he will be glad if the quality of your work (which affecting directly his/her performance) can be improved.
2. Consider yourself to be equal
To deal with a difficult boss, we need to consider ourselves to be equal as an employee to the company. This will more likely decrease the probability of disrespect from the boss, especially from an abuser boss type.
As we can improve the quality by cutting down the quantity, we can say that we come to him/her asking to cut the workload not to help ourselves, but to help the company itself. We all are working for the company’s good sake, and improving your performance will directly improve the boss’s performance, which also lead to improving the company’s performance.
With this mindset, you can get a connection with your boss and hopefully, your workload can be reduced. Do not forget to give the suggestion of either hiring new person, switching jobs, or pass certain jobs to other that is more suitable.
3. Improve the gesture
People do judge a book by its cover. That is why we need to learn the best gesture when talking to our boss.
Some of the good gestures you can try when talking with difficult boss:
- Maintaining eye contact, but not to stare, you can shift your eyes to the forehead sometimes.
- Keep out your hands from your head. It makes you look nervous or bored.
- Talk clearly, not too fast and not too slow to strengthen up the confidence.
- Nodding sometimes when talking as a sign of ‘agreement’. When you do this, the subconscious mind of your boss will indirectly agree with your thought. Of course, do not exaggerate your amount of nodding or he/she will think you are a weirdo.
Those gestures will help to express your needs better and increase the chance of an agreement with your boss despite his/her hot-headed/abuser mind.
Are You Ready to Practice It?
Dealing with difficult boss may be tough. But it is only one of many problems that will occur in a work life. Three examples above can be done nicely if you have a good integrity and determination in your job, even though you lack negotiation skills. It is a common sense that those two values have a real impact on someone’s performance.
Are you ready to deal with your boss?
Of course, when the time comes, you may want to practice it with a friend. Practice makes perfect. However, if you consider negotiation will be worthless, there is a good chance you lack either confidence or integrity with your job. You may want to read this article about how to live with your passion, so you can find a good amount of integrity within yourself.
If you have another suggestion about dealing with difficult boss, specifically when asking to cut your workload, kindly leave a comment
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