Toxic Workplaces: How to Stay Positive
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Keeping a positive mindset in a toxic work environment can be an extremely difficult task. I've spent some time in toxic work places and motivating workplaces and there is a vast difference between employee moral …

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How to tell your Boss to Bug Off and not Get Fired

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How to tell your Boss to Bug Off and not Get Fired

The work world isnt exactly peachy all the time. Unrealistic timelines, people on your case all the time about anything and everything, and worst when you dont have a supportive boss. Its time like this where I want to reach into my pocket for a 5 dollar bill and run to the closest convenince store and buy myself the lottery. Now we certainly hope by the title of this post you werent going to do something silly and speak to your boss in a manner that you would likely regret for decades to come. Unless your some miracle god or Charlie Sheen the chance of you remaining employed and seeing the financial gain will be slim to none. However, there are some diplomatic yet clever ways to say the same thing but of course…be professional.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when an unrealitic expectation comes up such as getting a project completed in 6 weeks that was slated to be done in 6 months or your boss telling you “well that should take you only 10 min” when in reality they dont have the fondest idea of how the process works. So I was reaching my wits end and what I did from that point was professional but my message across.

Often times those above will delegate a responsibility to you with little regard for your time and efforts. After all you’re paid to work but are you really paid to work around the clock to please somebody? I was once asked to crunch down a project timeline siginificantly knowing that it would have jeapordized the quality. I was adament about making my boss aware of the situation and mentioned this would likelly kill the credibility of the project. Naturally as an executive he said “these tasks should take 10 min each and this should be done in 6 weeks”. So I set up a meeting with upper management and instead of presenting the option he wanted, I presented both. I walked them through what it takes and clearly and boldly identified the risks of both options. One of the senior executives asked why we would even present the 6 week option. My response was simple. I told them I dont want to take credit for the genious vision for this option and invited my boss up to the stage to answer that one.

I was not only able to demonstrate that my boss was incompetent but also the senior executive team got a glimpse of my planning capabilities and thought of me as someone as credible. I didn’t have to verbally tell my boss that he was wrong, rather his boss highlighed why his idea was faulty. There is nothing better than a person who is in a higher position telling your boss that his idea was completely incomprehensible, really adds that extra jolt to them that sometimes you cant do on your own. I ended up switching companies and a little birdy told me that my ex-boss is no longer employed with the organization.

You have to do what you feel is right for the business, but also something you can stand by. What you do not want is to stand by someone else’s idea and take the brunt of the heat if things go wrong or get shunned when credit comes your way for executing a poor plan. I have found that being honest about your perspective is always the right approach. At worst you will get heard out and asked to move foward with the project and at best the business will clearly see someone who is looking out for the best interest in the business. I have used this tactic in my career and have received a great amount of admiration for passion in the business. Keep a positive mind when things go down, you’ll never know what can come out of it.

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