We all know keeping a boss happy is no easy task, but we need to keep him or her in good humour whether or not we like it. The UAE is a multicultural society, and we must all remember that things may not always be taken in the same context as they would in our home country, especially if the boss is from a different cultural background.
On the other hand, a happy boss means an easier life for you and an irritated and dissatisfied manager means more stress for you at work and a horrible life at home as you lose your patience and carry the stress baggage with you even after stepping out of the office.
Keep your common sense intact, try to keep the boss happy and continue working positively. Whatever the urge, here are some cardinal rules to follow. Do what it takes to impress him or her within your limits but definitely don’t say these things to your boss if you want to be on his or her good side.
#1 That’s not my job: You have to follow your boss’ instructions, period. It’s not your job but his/her to tell you what to do and what not to. And if she asks you something to do and it’s within official boundaries, put in your best effort and try to achieve it.
#2 I can’t work like this: You may have our own preferences when it comes to work but you can’t dictate terms to your boss. Try to do your best in the current circumstances and wait for the appropriate time to suggest to the boss things that can make the work environment more conducive. Don’t just go to her with a problem – try to go to your boss with a solution whenever possible.
#3 I can’t work with these people: As an employee, you are also expected to be a team player. You can’t tell your superior that you resent one or more of the team members and so refuse to work with them. Carry on with your professional relationships even though you may dislike someone on the personal front.
#4 I’ll quit if…: Never threaten to leave your job irrespective of the conditions of the job market. More jobs are opening up and you may have more options now, but threatening to quit if some of your demands are not met can be viewed as unprofessional. Again, try to offer a solution if the situation is really bothering you, and leave if you must, but don’t use resignation as threat or coercion tactic.
#5 I’m just here for the money: Everybody works for money, and it’s understandable that you are putting in your honest day’s work for that paycheque at the end of the month. But there’s no point in rubbing in the fact that money – and only money – is what matters to you, and organisational priorities and objectives are secondary.