Navigating the Changing Dynamic Between Employees and Employers

Over the past year or so, I have become increasingly aware of a shifting dynamic between employees and employers. Some attribute it to generational differences, others to cultural changes. 

Employees are not to be blamed solely for this shift. Some employers contribute by having looser boundaries and showing less authority than those in previous years. Regardless of the reasons, this change poses potential hazards to the workplace environment.

If you are fortunate enough to have a job you love and a kind, supportive, and caring leadership, it is crucial to nurture the relationship with the organization and your boss.

 

Here’s how to show you value your boss and organization you work for:

 

1. Communication & Follow Up-Respond promptly. Answer emails in a timely manner. Keep your boss informed about the progress of assigned tasks by providing updates. Stay connected. Return chat messages or voicemails. Don’t leave your boss hanging during work hours.

Be clear and timely. Provide regular updates on your progress and seek feedback. When facing challenges, propose solutions rather than just presenting problems.

Express gratitude by acknowledging when your boss goes the extra mile. Not every boss offers spa days, work trips to fancy destinations, or provides treats. Let them know their efforts are meaningful to you.

Plan ahead. Schedule meetings with your boss, and come prepared with questions and a list of what you need. Arrive on time and treat your boss as a respected peer rather than being intimidated.

 

2. Be Trustworthy-Honesty and a good work ethic are important. Demonstrate loyalty. Your actions can directly impact your boss’s reputation and success.

Seek clarity by asking for clarification and permission when unsure about something. This shows that you value your boss’s time and preferences.

Don’t complain about your boss to others, especially those connected to your boss.

Share ideas, projects and connections that enhance and benefit the organization.  This shows your commitment is to workplace and not just on your individual growth. 

 

3. Be Humble-Allow your boss to express their thoughts and listen actively without assuming you already know everything. They are in that role for a reason and have a lot to offer you. Apply their feedback. 

If you have little experience or you are starting a new role, pay your dues before making demands and have realistic expectations about praise and compensation.  

Own your mistakes. Apologize when you make an error. This demonstrates commitment, honesty, and sincerity.

Let your boss act as a mentor and coach. Ensure they are aware of your accomplishments and create opportunities for them to praise you.

 

The current landscape of the workplace is undergoing some changes with a particular emphasis on employee mental health and well-being among the various exciting initiatives being introduced. However, treating your employer with the respect they deserve should not be one of them.

Remember, no matter how good of an employee you are, you are replaceable. Don’t jeopardize a good assignment and a valuable relationship by showing a lack of regard and appreciation.

Chamin Ajjan Psychotherapy

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