There are various reasons people do not like and cannot work with their superiors, for example, their superiors are indifferent, superiors are not fair, their superiors are authoritarian, etc. Often, these kinds of reasons make many people not motivated at work.

In the Old Testament, a similar example was experienced by David. David was treated unfairly by his superiors, Saul. Interestingly, David had several times the chance to avenge Saul’s crimes and he could easily kill Saul, but he chose to keep respecting his superiors. For David, Saul is still his boss and boss is the leader that God has established for him. In addition, crime must not be repaid with crime or revenge. Evil can only be defeated by truth, kindness, gentleness and love! “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matt. 5:44).

In the New Testament, Peter also teaches to have respect for superiors, “You, servants, submit fearfully to your master, not only to the good and kind, but also to the violent,” (1 Pet. 2: 18).

For workers who have a boss, which we can call subordinates, this means, submit and respect your boss; not only good and gentle bosses, but also bosses who are unfair, arbitrary, even cruel. Dealing with such bosses is indeed very unpleasant, but rather than irritating your emotions, getting upset, and you have trouble working with the boss, are actually ways for you to change your mind and actions so that you can work together more effectively and interact more friendly with superiors, without feeling forced. Let’s see one by one.

  1. Observe your boss’s mood and adjust yourself
    If he is emotional and in a stressful situation, don’t communicate too much first, especially for things that are less serious. If necessary, do not protest or complain and do not propose any ideas in situations like this, let alone whining, asking for a salary increase. In essence, use empathy and do not add to your boss’s burden.
  2. Help manage the time and priority of the boss
    Every morning, remind the boss about important things about the day’s tasks, including what time to recommend the meeting or who to meet with and for what business. In this way, you help your boss manage his time, while helping yourself align the priorities of the day.
  3. Offer help
    When you see your boss overwhelmed with a variety of workloads, offer yourself to help him with tasks that you really understand / master. This will create a positive judgment from your boss.
  4. Keep your promises
    If you have agreed to a certain deadline to complete the task from your boss, try your best to keep your promises. If you encounter difficulties that make the promise might fail, act quickly to find a solution. If you don’t get the solution, immediately inform this boss of the uncontrolled difficulties. However, before looking for a replacement solution and / or notifying your failure to keep a promise to your boss, make sure that this is a high level of difficulty and cannot be predicted beforehand.
  5. Position yourself as a problem solver
    Avoid going back and forth to your boss to share your difficulties. Remember, your boss is your boss at work, not your caregiver. In all your work, you must be the problem solver, not your boss. Every time you encounter a problem, try to overcome it yourself first. If you experience a deadlock, seek help from a work colleague or someone who is more experienced. If this still doesn’t work and when you need a boss’s decision, then discuss the problem with your boss. For the record, you need to discuss by bringing data, problem explanations, and clear solution ideas, not just asking questions and asking to be fed or dictated by superiors.
  6. Give your time without counting
    If you know your boss will come at 7:50, come at 7:40. Coming up 10 minutes earlier shows your dedication as an employee who is ready to help. Likewise, in the afternoon when the boss leaves the office at 5:30 a.m., stay for a while and then leave for a while afterwards. Who knows the boss needs sudden help from you at times when you give more time. Giving time without actual calculations is an investment of positive points about yourself as a worker, so that employers see your quality that can be relied upon.
  7. Don’t forget your status
    Maybe you are confused, sometimes the boss can laugh out loud, joke and look very familiar, but within minutes he can turn into a firm, angry, or even rebuke you loudly. You don’t need to be hurt or confused, because your boss is human. The important thing for you to remember is that he is still your boss, and you are his subordinate. By being aware of and remembering this status, you will continue to behave as a subordinate and respect him as an authorized supervisor. Do not act beyond the line of authority, or “go down”.
  8. Learn from your boss
    Don’t forget, because your boss is also human, he also has many weaknesses and shortcomings. Don’t focus on your boss’s weaknesses and weaknesses, but instead focus on their strengths and strengths so that you can always learn from them. Apart from being profitable, this will also reduce your stress level.
  9. Don’t focus on your boss, but on your own achievements
    Many people become discouraged and lazy to work because of their boss. As a result, they failed to achieve. People like this usually have the principle, “For what I am working hard and achieving, my boss is annoying anyway!” In fact, the attitude or behavior of your boss and the quality of your work are two things that do not need to determine each other. Focus and business You must work with achievement, learn skills for your future, and continue to practice positive work attitudes. If you have a focus like this, in the long run your competitiveness in the job market will be even higher.
  10. Keep your credibility in front of everyone
    Keep your credibility not only before your boss, but also in front of everyone. If you are able to maintain an attitude, always be honest, always be right, always be positive, always have integrity, have strong self-discipline, etc., not just your boss who sees it, but everyone in the work environment will also feel it. Thus, you are actually sharpening quality as an exemplary employee, regardless of your boss’s attitude or behavior. As a result, you will still maintain a positive working relationship with your boss.

Be a smart worker; do not be easily provoked by negative things, and develop a pattern of positive and effective cooperation relationships with superiors. Good practice!


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