Working With Different Bosses

By: Cherie Ang

If you work for two or three different bosses, it can be complicated when talking to them about projects, asking for time off, or when you need to complain or suggest ways to improve tasks in the office. Because there are egos involved, the best way to approach the situation is by being professional at all times. While this may mean extra stress for you during the day, approaching situations carefully can improve the overall stress level in the office. The important thing is to remember that you are not alone and that others in the office are dealing with the same issues.

One of the best ways to deal with multiple bosses is through email. Sending mass email to everyone at once when there is an issue in the office is one way to ensure that everyone is involved. Bosses who feel left out may become angry and take it out on you, so by emailing all bosses at once, you are maintaining an even playing field. You will also be promoting open communication, which will improve how information is given so projects can move ahead smoothly.

Keep in mind that each boss you have has a different personality. While some are better at managing people, others are better at research and meeting clients. You will have to adapt to how each of your bosses react to projects you are working on and remember not to take anything personally. If you have a disagreement with one of your bosses, it is best not to discuss with other bosses. If your company has an HR department or company counselor, you should discuss the matter with them first. Maintaining a professional attitude at work can help you excel in your career and prevent you from being labeled as someone who spreads rumors and gossip about others.

Maintaining a good working relationship with everyone in the office can help your career in many ways. If you are given a promotion, you may be working more closely with your bosses, you may have additional responsibilities such as managing teams, and you may have to make decisions that are not always easy to make. Having a good working relationship with everyone can make doing your job much easier in the long run. Even though you will have bad days at work, if you maintain a positive attitude, your chances for success are much greater.

Once you understand how to work with the people in your office, your job will become easier. While you may not enjoy everyone's company, you will be able to get your job done. Because bosses come and go, you may have to work with a variety of people. By understanding where they are coming from, you will be able to maintain a peaceful working environment. If you feel that working for more than one boss is too difficult, you may be able to get a transfer to another department, or you may have to look for a new job. Depending on your own personality, you may want to work independently or you may enjoy working with a variety of people.

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