What Your Boss Wishes You Knew

Joe Weinlick
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As a business professional, you may not see the challenges of managing employees on a regular basis. Your supervisors make decisions daily that impact you, yet you may not be aware of the process involved to execute these decisions or new processes. Learn more about what your boss wishes you knew to empathize with the challenging role he undertakes in the workplace.

Honesty Is Crucial

When working as a business professional, there is often pressure to claim you know just about everything to improve your status. However, when managing employees, your supervisors need absolute honesty. Instead of pretending you know how to complete a task, admit you may need assistance or training so your managers can make necessary accommodations and avoid any delay in production.

Scheduling Is Difficult

You may want the perfect schedule that accommodates your personal and professional life, but when managing employees, satisfying everyone's desires and needs is often a nightmare. Avoid making this task more difficult for your employer, and understand that juggling multiple requests for time off from employees is often impossible.

Timeliness Impacts Everyone

It may not seem like a big deal to you when you arrive to work five or 10 minutes late, but when managing employees, every minute counts to make sure the office, restaurant or factory is running smoothly. Supervisors depend on you to be timely, and it's not professional or fair to your co-workers to expect them to pick up the slack when you are not on time.

Second Shift Is Not Enjoyable for Anyone

It's likely you dislike working evenings, holidays or weekends. Guess what? Your manager probably doesn't enjoy working those hours, either. Understand that managing employees on a second shift or holiday is a chore for all involved but a necessary evil. Make the most of your time at work, and limit your griping because your supervisor is feeling the same.

Managers Don't Want to See You Fail

If your supervisor seems to be on your case, it's not because he doesn't like you. One of the primary responsibilities of a manager is to ensure quality. In addition, your supervisor wants to see you succeed, improve your skills and advance within the company. Offering constructive criticism is part of the job. Instead of taking the advice personally, evaluate how you can use the criticism to make yourself a valued employee.

Your supervisor's job is to motivate, inspire and develop the skills of his staff. Managing employees can be a challenging position, but when staff members understand the limitations, responsibilities and motivation of a supervisor, a much more cohesive workplace environment results. Model the behavior of your manager, heed his advice and increase your opportunities as a valued employee.

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  • Daryl K.
    Daryl K.

    This is good advice and has given me a different perspective on some things!

  • Erin J.
    Erin J.

    I was too well liked by the customers, so my manager doubled my workload. Didn't have time to interact anymore!

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