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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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Working for a Bad Boss? Motivate Yourself at Work

Working for a Bad Boss? Motivate Yourself at Work

Working for a Bad Boss? Motivate Yourself at Work

Let’s face the reality. Many people are engaged with their dream job but their bosses aren’t inspiring.

Lack of motivation from your boss can lead to physical discomfort and depression. Although, your boss has more influence on how you engage yourself at work. However, you can still be in the driver’s seat so as to have a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

So, if your boss is not giving you the motivation, you deserve, below are few and simple strategies you can implement that allows you to make positive progress in your every day life while working for an uninspiring boss.

Determine your goals

Having a target goal is very important for your personal development. Develop a career plan that will help you keep tab on your project and goals. Although, some of the goals might be related to your present job, while others may be aimed towards educating yourself on area of interests different from your job demands. Also, avoid setting a bigger goal as it could be counter productive. Instead, break the bigger goal into smaller goals and take one step at a time so you can celebrate your achievement per each step on your way up.

Remind yourself what you like about the job

It’s been a while that you are with your current job. You might have forgotten what attracts you to the job in the first place. So, always remind yourself about what you like about the job. Why did you apply for it? What are the satisfactions that you derive from the job?

You can also consider the things you dislike about the job. Is it your colleague at work? Perhaps, you feel like you aren’t making any progress, or the job demands too many responsibilities? Try and find ways to make changes. Maybe you will perform excellently with another team, or you want a different role. Perhaps, your fellow workers are not as bad as you perceived. Or you want to be promoted? Let your boss know you deserve it by delivering excellent performances, dishing out ideas that will make your company exceed its competitors and get more customers.

Understand what keeps you going

If your boss doesn’t appreciate or motivate you, then it’s important to find out what keeps you going as a person and professional. Is it your love for the work? Or does the desire to receive recognition motivate you? Ask yourself, what was the last time you felt purposeful and motivated at work? So, then you will understand the conditions that make you flourish and implement them.

Assess your performances and ask for people’s feedback

One of the way’s bad bosses hinders motivation is by not giving adequate feedback. Although, most managers are ready to give feedback when asked. You can request for feedback by asking questions like, “What is your thought about the meeting we just had?”, “Is there anything you will want me to do in a different way next time?” You can also give a critical look into your work by asking yourself questions that you would ask others when evaluating their work.

Keep on learning

Make sure you set out a time to read daily. Read for a minimum of one hour in the morning before others wake up. You can start with 20 minutes a day, so as not to be overwhelmed, and do it for a month. Know that reading and learning is the quickest way to success. This will make it easy, full of fun, and rewarding as it would create motivation and success for you.

Finally

Many times, there is lack of motivation at work, but by implementing the above motivational strategies, you can begin each day with a feeling of excitement and desire to forge a great career regardless of your uninspiring boss.

The Unmotivated Employee

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Open Discussion: What’s the Strangest Thing your Boss has Asked you to do?

Open Discussion: What’s the Strangest Thing your Boss has Asked you to do?

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I bet you that at least once you have been in an awkward situation at your job that involved your boss. According to a study made by CareerBuilder, 23% of the employees reported that their bosses ask them to perform tasks that are not related to their jobs.

It is completely normal when your boss asks you things like: “When are you going to finish your paperwork?”, “Can you stay two or more hours to finish this thing?”, or “Why are you googling memes instead of working?!?” OK, you probably aren’t doing that at work, but you get the point.

Well, there is a very thin, almost invisible line, between a normal work-related question and an asked favor that is completely inappropriate. The important thing here is to differentiate between them so that you can avoid situations that you don’t want to be in.

Examples of some strange things that bosses have asked their employees:

Things unrelated to your job.

“My boss asked me to be in a photo shoot for an ad dressed as a superhero”.

“She asked me to pluck a black hair off her face before a meeting”.

Requesting Personal Favors

“The boss asked me to be a surrogate mother for her – more than once.”

“He asked me for a back rub”.

Something very Embarrassing or Illegal

“She asked me to wait on her illegally parked car”.

“He asked me to lend him money for….”

  • How to Keep a Good Relationship with your Boss

No matter what weird thing that has been done or said to you by your boss, you have the right to say no. First, remember to have a good relationship with your boss, and if you want to keep it that way, communication is very important. So, first listen, be patient, and then be clear and polite about what is or is not appropriate behavior.

To read a great article which includes four ways to tactfully say no to your boss, CLICK HERE. However, if your boss continues in the inappropriate behavior, you may need to seek the counsel of your HR department.

How to Say No to Your Boss

What strange things has your boss requested you to do and how did you handle the situation? Comment below:

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Being Darth Vader at Work ain’t Easy

Being Darth Vader at Work ain’t Easy…


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has diagnosed Darth Vader with a Borderline Personality Disorder. So, if you want to be a boss, who is perceived as Darth Vader, what does that mean for you?

Be UNSTABLE and IMPULSIVE… To become a Darth Vader boss, you must adopt the mentality of an unstable and impulsive teenager. Just like Darth Vader ordered his men to “tear the ship apart”, you might yell at your staff to start the project all over!! This is NOT what YOU had in mind!!! You should not tolerate any mistakes by your staff so that no errors are made.

Be ANGRY… Any bad news, or set backs, will be responded to with severe punishment, like yelling at your staff in front of a large meeting, or public firings.  Fly off the chain at every little thing that may make you angry. The point here is to make an individual employee feel small and stupid for their error so that everyone will see them as an example of what not to do.

Be FEARFUL and STRONG… The result of your behavior will cultivate FEAR in the office that will, in turn, control everyone.  No one should be making decisions on their own! Make your people ask you before they do ANYTHING! You are the boss, the project manager, and the ultimate decider. The buck stops here! Show your STRENGTH with intensity. If something happens to go well, it was definitely your idea.

Be EMOTIONALLY UNAVAILABLE… As a Darth Vader boss, nearly everyone in the office should know that you have an estranged relationship with your family and spouse. You are possibly feeling abandoned because they don’t agree at how you’ve turned out. Maybe you work too many hours and are focused more on work than building personal relationships. Vader also had an unstable viewpoint of his Jedi masters. So, you will have a shaky relationship with your superiors and/or mentors at work too.

Be SECRETIVE and MYSTERIOUS… Keep your identity secret from everyone. Your outer appearance should be of strength and power! However, deep down you have a tender heart and are just trying to overcome some very personal losses. Darth Vader had lost his mother, and later his wife. Regardless of what you have lost, you are depressed. Therefore, you’re afraid to be found out. So this will only intensify your need to conceal your identity.

In the end, you will find yourself as an unstable, intense, estranged, angry, and secretive Darth Vader boss. You will be perceived as the meanest, most intimidating, and mysterious boss EVER!

Don’t Act Like Darth Vader!

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