Fri., February 28, 2014 3:34am
Last week with our Working guy, we looked at some of the signals bosses may send when they dislike an employee. This week, Brandon Smith is back to talk about how to improve that relationship.
Fri., February 21, 2014 3:34am
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.
Fri., November 29, 2013 3:35am
Susan’s boss gathered the team and took them to a long lunch. Then they stopped a nearby fashion accessories store to do a little shopping. All of this happened during the workday. Susan feels guilty about shopping during work and is uncomfortable with the time away from the office. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says the problem isn’t so much the outing as the boss’s failure to explain its purpose.
Fri., August 30, 2013 3:37am
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.
Fri., July 26, 2013 3:48am
With committed, motivated employees who know what needs to be done and how, some organizations are foregoing bosses altogether. Our workplace expert Brandon Smith says it can be more efficient and natural leaders will emerge. But it’s not for everyone.
Fri., December 21, 2012 3:45am
Buying a holiday gift for your boss might seem like a nice thing to do. But it can actually create some uncomfortable situations and hurt your relationship if it’s done improperly. Brandon Smith explains how to navigate these murky waters.
Fri., October 19, 2012 3:45am
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.