Wednesday Buzz: Two Sides of The Employee-Boss Relationship

Employees can fail to meet the demands of their jobs due to dishonesty, but bosses can be a little too pushy, too. Also: A budding association professional offers wise words to other nonprofit rookies.

You may be driven and passionate, and you may manage the office like a boss. But there’s a chance you have a tendency to ruffle your employees’ feathers by being a bit overbearing.

Take the after-hours emails and house calls, for instance: Inc.com contributor Marla Tabaka says this can thoroughly creep out your staff.

“Even if they don’t see your emails until the next morning it’s somehow disturbing to know that your boss is up at 2 a.m. thinking up new ways to keep you just as busy as they are,” she writes.

Keep the nagging to a minimum, and follow Tabaka’s other tips to avoid becoming the boss your team loves to hate.

Conversely, if you’re not the boss, Avery Augustine of The Daily Muse says trust is the be-all and end-all of maintaining a well-functioning professional relationship.

For example, you may promise your superiors you’ll get that project in by the end of the day, but your overloaded inbox shows that’s totally unrealistic. The result? You’re left with no choice but to kindly request a last-minute extension.

Long story short: Your boss can see right through you. Drop the Eddie Haskell shtick and hold yourself accountable.

“When you ask for what you need, keep your boss informed, and take total responsibility for your work, you’ll prove to your boss that he or she can trust you with anything,” Augustine writes.

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Being goal-oriented, open-minded, and fearless: MultiView’s Callie Cady suggests that up-and-coming association professionals need to embody these attributes for their careers to flourish.

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In a guest post for SocialFish, Amanda Kaiser emphasizes that a brand goes beyond the visuals that represent it, to something more foundational.


Alexis Williams

By Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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