The relationship we have with our boss is, as long as we’re working for them, fundamental to our world. Sometimes it can be a very simple, honest, open and healthy relationship. Sometimes it can be quite complex. The complexity comes from the very nature of human relationships where both of us might be quite complicated people and we are not completely open and transparent with each other about our work and our wider life. We don’t share our emotions very much either. Within this context it is quite possible your boss doesn’t always tell you what’s going on. Here are some examples of situations where that might happen.
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Once you become a board member, get ready for your professional life to change in all kinds of ways. Here are some thoughts on just how being on the board is different to anything you’ve ever done before.
Generally there’s a greater amount of flexible working around than probably ever before. Due to new UK legislation anyone can request flexible working from their employer and the employer now legally has to respond to you. It’s made it easier for workers to ask for flexible working options and made it compulsory for the employer to reply with a decision either way. The three big questions are: Why would you want to change to flexible working? What is it you need to do to negotiate well? How do you go about negotiating?
Sometimes the biggest barriers to our career progression are our own minds and the lies they’re prone to tell us. If you’re telling yourself any of the things below, you may be sabotaging your own career because of nothing more than misbeliefs.
Difficult staff don’t need to stay difficult. There’s a reason why they are so. It may be to do with their personality or their personal life or their professional life or their health. If you’re their boss, it may be to do with you.
Reporting to more than one person can be difficult. This animation offers some handy hints to help you manage the situation.
In a world of long working hours and heavy workloads, isn’t it great to pause for moments of reflection and the chance to be inspired? There’s no need to feel guilty about such pauses. Not only do we need downtime to rest and reenergise, but even in our downtime we can be benefitting our work careers. Hugely effective people often find that they’re working at their best when they seem to be not working at all.
Should you engage a career professional, firstly you might be surprised at what you learn, secondly you will find what you learn to be useful for the rest of your career. Both of these points are predicated on you getting the most out of your career guide and the relationship you have with them.
In some places people are talking about the concept of “unretirement”. It’s an interesting concept that implies you don’t really stop when you stop. There’s a lot more for you to go at. This is what this article addresses.