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.
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.
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.
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