All posts by Melinda Longoria, MSM

Author - Masters of Science in Business Management with Leadership studies from Texas A&M University.

The Bullseye Boss

The Bullseye Boss

The Bullseye Boss targets his employees by blaming them for everything. Even if you get to work early, do your best work, have a healthy relationship with your colleagues, and avoid breaking any rules, these actions will go unnoticed by the Bullseye Boss.

In business, you’ll find that there are bosses, and even coworkers, who will either contribute to your success, or put you down. The Bullseye Boss is a champion at putting a target on his employee’s backs and striking at any moment.

Working for this type of boss will make you feel humiliated as he undermines your performance, making your efforts seem absolutely worthless. So, how do you deal with a Bullseye Boss?

The below tips will help you to become well-prepared to deal with such situations.

Give your Boss The Benefit of the Doubt

Don’t become defensive. Give your boss the benefit of doubt by imagining that you are being too sensitive, or you are misinterpreting his tone. Your boss might not be necessarily focused on other’s feelings, but rather is concentrating on the facts.

Step back and reassess the situation from an honest point of view. Try and speak with your boss in a one on one situation to reduce any chance of misunderstanding.

Explain to your Boss How You Feel

At times, your manager might not be aware of the impact that his statement and attitude have on you emotionally. Maybe your boss has gotten carried away by his own personal feelings, which makes him unaware of the harshness in his tone of voice.

A sensitive and friendly conversation can help raise awareness on the issue. Rehearse your statements beforehand to avoid getting emotional during the conversation. Discuss the current issue, including how it has affected your work and request changes that you would like to happen.

Avoid Being Personal

Developing a thick skin will make it easier to put up with a boss that feels threatened by his staff. You obviously are aware that your boss is belittling others and is doing so out of his or her own insecurities. He may be acting this way to make himself feel better, or more satisfied, in his own work. If so, you can try to ignore it altogether.

It will not help the situation to call him out on his behavior in front of your colleagues. Instead, find out what caused the problem, fix it, and move on with your work. This will help to avoid the problem becoming an issue again.

Show What You are Capable of

Perhaps, your Bullseye Boss always sees you as a fool. He totally got it wrong because there is a reason you are employed in the first place. Prove your boss is wrong, by stepping up your performance.

By delivering quality work every time, your boss might see an error in his criticism. Ask your boss what he thinks that you could be doing differently. Maybe you’re not aware of some mistake that you’re making. Make him aware that you appreciate the job and want to please him. This will go a long way with your boss.

Finally

Every employee deserves to be seen  for what they represent and their capability. If a Bullseye boss doesn’t give you the respect that you deserve, try implementing the above tips. These tips will help to open the boss’s eyes to how valuable you are and the way that you should be treated.

Disclaimer: Coping with a boss who is always blaming can be a draining situation to be in! Don’t give up.

Where is the BEST Place to Work?

Where is the BEST Place to Work?

Fortune.com has named Salesforce as the best place to work, out of 100 companies, but why?

What is your dream job?

Are you searching for the absolute best place to work? There are a number of factors that you would consider while deciding where you would love to work, which include: the company environment, benefits, money, type of work, organizational culture, and values to name a few. Let me introduce you to a company that has proven to be an excellent employer in all of these areas.

 Introducing Salesforce – ranked the #1 company to work for.

Salesforce is a cloud computing company with its headquarters based in San Francisco, California. Everything from the company culture to the employee benefits has been top rated by its employees. The senior management of the company is approachable and it genuinely cares about its employees, while the employee package is competitive and includes the flexibility to work from home. The company has strong values and it focuses on the growth of its employees by providing them with interesting and challenging work.

The senior management’s contribution to a great work environment

The senior management of every company plays a pivotal role in setting company values and standards. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has set exemplary standards for everyone else to follow. In 2016, he was named one of Fortune 50’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”. Salesforce was founded by Benioff in 1999 and since then he has been involved in a number of social causes and philanthropic activities, including fighting for equal pay for women and various charities. He believes in running the company with trust and a sense of purpose, which increases employee motivation and job satisfaction.

Marc Benioff has introduced a 1-1-1 model in his company, which means that 1% of the employees’ time, 1% of the products, and 1% of the equity go towards social causes. This model allows himself and the employees to go above and beyond, rather than just serving the company. On the first day, every single employee of Salesforce is required to do volunteer work such as visiting a homeless shelter or a hospital, which allows them to familiarize themselves with the company values and giving back to the community.

Lessons to be learned from Salesforce

The exemplary work environment at Salesforce highlights the importance of trust between the company and its employees as well as the serving the community. Every company today should learn from Salesforce to integrate corporate philanthropy into its business model so that the company is not just working for profits but also to make the world a better place.

The #1 Best Company to Work for: SalesForce

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The Loch Ness Boss

The Loch Ness Boss

One of our readers said, “I see my boss about once a week. Sometimes not even that.”

Hence the name: “The Loch Ness Boss” — because you have encountered people who SAY they have seen him, and you have even seen pictures of him, but you’ve never actually met him in the flesh.

One of the most demotivating things about a job is working with a boss who is always absent from office: “Loch Ness Boss.”

Many managers do travel very much with the purpose of winning new contracts or holding on to the current ones. Other managers might be going through personal or health issues that need them to be absent from their workplace a lot.

When a manager is constantly absent, it will cause their employees to lack leadership and guidance, especially when they have to make some decisions that are beyond their expertise.

The Huffington Post outlines the four worst habits of an absent manager as irresponsible, unresponsive, indifferent, and spontaneous. So, how do you deal with work when you have a Loch Ness boss?

Implementing the below behaviors will help to make your work easier.

Set up a tight schedule

Whenever you are meeting with your boss to discuss vital work information, always keep up with the time that your manager will be available at the workplace. Write out a detailed list of the information that you need to discuss.

It is highly important to address all the issues because you hardly meet in person with the Loch Ness boss.

Help your Loch Ness boss to be prepared for any meetings ahead of time by sending him a list of the issues that you would like to address. This will also ensure that he understands the fact that you need his help and value his time.

Establish rules about Emergency Situations

Set up a policy with your boss on what you are supposed to do when faced with an emergency situation that you are not able to solve.

For example, suppose one of the company’s major client intends to back down from an important purchasing decision. Find out how to keep in touch with your boss. Once the rule for contact during emergency situations has been set, never deviate from it.

Be independent

Learn to work without the contribution and guidance of your boss. Think and act like your boss when making crucial decisions.

Try to imitate your boss during his presence in the office by comparing your thoughts and decisions with his. Review your performances to have the full knowledge of what your boss expects from you while absent from work.

Communicate with your boss

Today’s technology has made communication with people that are away from the office much easier. These communication tools, like any other technology, function effectively if used in an appropriate manner.

Suppose your boss is a Loch Ness type. You can use your mobile phone to communicate during emergency situations that should be treated immediately. You should use email to address situations that are not urgent such as seeking permission to take a leave for an appointment with a lawyer.

Finally

If your boss is always absent from work, it is your duty to keep things in order. Take control of your work and make the lines of communication with your boss an open one.

 What can you learn from the absent manager?

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The Bus Driver Boss

The Bus Driver Boss

Have you ever been run over by your boss? Some call this type of boss, The Bus Driver Boss because it seems like he throws his employees under the bus and then runs them over. No one likes working for a boss that is quick to point fingers. So, instead of telling you how to be a bus driver boss, we’ve got an interesting bit to share about what it takes to be a real boss of bus drivers. 🙂

What it takes to be a REAL Boss of Bus Drivers:

Daily, millions of passengers take the public transport, which makes them susceptible to road mishaps. One of the most important responsibilities of the transportation company is to ensure those passengers always arrive at their destinations in a secure manner. One of the ways to ensure safe and efficient driving is to boost the driver’s morale, which can be achieved by the manager.

Being the boss of a driving company comes with many responsibilities such as making sure the drivers are punctual, clean the buses, check the engine oil, general light maintenance and scheduling of drivers for trips. To ensure the passengers reach their destinations safely, having a good working relationship with your drivers, will motivate them to do their assigned task and also make the company grow successful.

Below are ways to boost their morale!

Make life easier for your bus drivers

There are many things that a transport company manager can do to ease the challenges faced by the drivers such as:

  • Giving support to the drivers.
  • Healthy communication between the transport company and drivers.
  • Install technologies that help locate safe routes with less traffic and prevent them from passing illegal routes.

Reward them for safe driving

The installation of technologies in buses to monitor driver’s performances like adherence to speed limit, efficient use of fuel, stopping distance, etc. has created opportunities to boost their morale. Use the recorded data on the performances of bus drivers to reward them instead of using it as a deterrence.

Keep your bus drivers updated

Instead of dishing out new rules and regulations. Invite your crew to a meeting to educate them why there are changes in policy and the benefits that come with it. This will also allow your drivers to ask questions about insurance crash investigators and police officers.

Also provide up to date best practices advice that will allow the drivers to fine-tune their driving skills.

Organize days for free lunch and movies

One of the best ways to boost your driver’s morale is to promise them things that they will look forward to. Scheduling movies and free lunch for your drivers monthly will serve as a reward for their hard work and make them see you as a caring boss.

Finally

Keeping your bus drivers satisfied is a strategy that should be implemented by the boss. At a little cost, giving bonuses to bus drivers and improving their working amenities will surely lead to a safe and efficient driving. The above tips will motivate the drivers and lead to the growth of the transport company at the same time.

One Bus Driver’s Boss wants cameras on the buses:

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