As if one is not enough, imagine having to deal with two or more all at the same time, each having his own demands, own preferences and deadlines. And all claims for his request to be a matter of extreme importance or urgency.
This is a common scene in today’s workplace. For those who are not careful, this can be a deadly trap where most employees fall into. While trying to please everybody, multitasking and doing several “urgent” projects simultaneously, they end up accomplishing nothing and disappointing everyone.
So before you get your blood pumping and feel your heart ringing in your ears due to work overload, pause for a minute and read on. Below are some helpful tips to survive serving multiple “masters” at the same time.
Take the bull by the horns
Things will be a lot easier if you know what you are getting yourself into ahead of time. Anticipate the challenges you will surely encounter once the ball starts rolling.
What will be the main challenge? Dealing with the people you have to work for? How about time and physical constraints? Or, all of the above?
When you have a clearer picture of what is in store for you in the workplace, the better your chances for planning and strategizing.
Keep things organized
If you think you can pull yourself together by organizing everything in your head, think again. With the chaotic atmosphere, you have to contend with on a daily basis you need a tangible list to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. And make sure you have a separate file for each one of them to prevent accidental mix-ups.
Whether it’s your every day to do list, timelines for short/long term projects, or to follow up meetings and appointment settings, keep it in writing and post them in your calendar. Put them where they can easily be seen. Keep several copies. One at home, one in your cube, and one on your person, just to be sure.
Transparency is the key
Do not assume that your bosses can read your mind. Make sure they know what is going on with you and the tasks at hand. Learn to say no if the workload is no longer manageable or else, they will assume they can still throw in more requests.
Be tactful but let each of them know what the other is asking you to work on. This way they will know when to slow down.
Don’t take things too seriously
This includes your boss’s attitudes. Pressure can take its toll on people. This is common especially when you are dealing with significant clients or accounts that can make or break the organization.
In situations like these, tempers flare up and heated arguments arise. Take a step back and remind yourself not to take it on a personal level.
Overall, working for multiple bosses can be downright dreadful. But armed with the right skills and a positive outlook, you will find out that it’s not only doable, you may actually enjoy it.