- Talent Management
In this fourth and final installment in the series about emotional traps in the workplace and what you can do about them, I take a look at what authors Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster have to say in Working with You is Killing Me about managing down as well as asking the ultimate question: Should I stay or should I go?
In Part III of this series you read about how important it is to manage up to keep your superiors and yourself on the same page. But what about when you serve in a supervisory capacity and your workers are driving you crazy? The authors strongly suggest that any time you’re overseeing the work of others, you need to view that relationship as if you’re a parent. They suggest the following four key principles of business parenting:
The typical response of many managers to these headaches is often something along the lines of “I shouldn’t have to be their parent.” But actually you should, and to the extent you’re not is the extent to which these management headaches will continue to plague you. Use your business tools and be very clear about expectations.
Should I Stay or Should I go?
In this series you’ve read about all kinds of emotional traps in the workplace, from crazy coworkers to extreme bosses to petty employees under you supervision. The authors of Working with You is Killing Me have given you all sorts of tools to make these situations better. So what do you do if you try all of them and things are still rotten for you at work? This is when you have to ask yourself if the corporate culture of where you’re at is right for you. In other words, there are times when it’s better to move on to a place that would be a much better fit for you.
The authors of the book present two important assessment tools that can help you answer this complex and important question. The first is a personal inventory that helps you figure out what it is that you need from a corporate culture to feel happy in your work. The other is a workplace appraisal that will help you figure out your workplace is really like. If the two assessments end up being irreconcilably different from one another, it may be a sign that it’s time to move on. There’s no sense in staying in a place that runs totally counter to your own nature and desires.
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