What your boss wants you to know

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know what your boss is thinking? That in between deadlines, meetings, and the occasional reprimands, you’d know exactly how his or her mind is wired? Truth is, each boss is different in the same way every person is, but effective bosses, in general, are leaders, and therefore also share specific characteristics.

One of my life’s greatest mentors is Yay Olmedo, my former Advertising professor. From the moment I entered her classroom in 2005, she has been a pillar of strength, who has taught me so much about life and work.

Ms. Yay’s impressive careen began when she graduated as Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines, and went on to join the prestigious San Miguel Food Group where she worked as vice president.

Today, she is an author, motivational speaker, and writer, on her way to complete her second book Now That You’re Boss, after inspiring many with her first title, Going Up.

In one of our cyberspace catching-ups, I couldn’t help but ask her one question, “What does my boss expect of me?’ Her answers inspired today’s column, which I hope will help readers my age.

I feel extremely blessed Ms. Yay was willing to share with me her years of experience, and brilliant ideas in the corporate world.

You should know your company’s vision, which must intersect with your own purpose. Your boss expects you to be one with your organization’s values. Ms. Yay says employees who have their “own agenda” or are very individualistic will find it hard to fit in an organization, especially if the company values teamwork, and a shared vision. Just like in any relationship, it’s important to know that you mutually understand and believe in each other. As an employee, our biggest responsibility is to set aside our personal interests for the greater benefit of the company.

You should know what your job requires. Most arguments between bosses and employees stem from the lack of knowing what it is that one should do. While some bosses are very transparent about what they need, some may be in over their heads and might not be able to orient you thoroughly. Still, it’s your responsibility to get up from your desk and ask. Set expectations to avoid misunderstandings and promote efficiency.

You should know that it’s OK to ask questions. Don’t be caught up in the thinking that you’re unqualified or inefficient if you ask questions. Asking questions means you are involved in your job and would do anything to improve it. Be interested in your job, and be inquisitive–this will get you far.

You should know that you’re part of a team. Ms. Yay admits that the working place is never perfect—there are people you will not get along with, and some will even be obnoxious. Your boss wants you to rise above all this in order to promote a harmonious working environment. Go beyond the little annoyances, and simply know that work is work. Learn as much as you can from each other (especially those from different departments) that will render you more efficient—therefore making you an asset to the team, rather than a liability.


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