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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Everyone leaves a job for new opportunities from time to time. Sometimes it’s the boss who is leaving and you who are staying, which could mean fundamental changes in your workplace. Brandon Smith talks about how to handle that transition.