It’s one of the questions our Working guy, Brandon Smith, gets most often: “I think my boss doesn’t like me. How can I tell?” He says, bluntly, that’s because bosses are usually terrible communicators, though they often offer some significant signals when they don’t like people.
Bad bosses? Everyone has a story. The tales about good bosses are much rarer. The boss that deserves a “thank you” is almost unheard of. Yet they do exist. A listener to our regular Working conversations Friday mornings sent us an email asking how to express her gratitude to one such manager. Brandon Smith offers three ways to do that without looking like a suck-up.
If you had the choice between a pay raise and a better boss, which would you choose? A survey this fall of 1,000 executives found most would prefer the boss to the cash. Brandon Smith explains the choice.
When managers are abusive, it can lead to similar behavior in employees two-levels down the org chart, according to a new study in the journal Personnel Psychology. Our workplace expert Brandon Smith says that cycle is difficult to break.
When managers and supervisors get in feuds with each other, their staff is often caught in the middle. Some people will choose sides. Others try to stay neutral. Our workplace expert Brandon Smith says you probably can’t stay out of the politics, so you have two ways to deal with the situation.