Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What if I like my job but can’t put up with my manager?
- How can I improve my ability to compete for jobs in the future as things change so rapidly in my work world (like outsourcing)?
Q: What if I like my job but can’t put up with my manager?A: Life’s too short to put up with a lousy manager and therefore you have a few key options:
· Try to outlast him/her – and bite your tongue in the meantime:
· Have an honest conversation with your boss to let him know your frustration and hope he’s willing to either change or help you transition
· The bravest souls (and usually the most confident workers) will have the same discussion with the Boss’ boss
· Or, aggressively look for alternative work because if you’re like me – having respect for the person I work for is my #1 priority for any job I’d consider.
Q: How can I improve my ability to compete for jobs in the future as things change so rapidly in my work world (like outsourcing)?A: Great question – especially with the pace of change accelerating as it is today.
Here a few suggestions:
· Commit to lifelong learning – the more skills you learn in your current work or new skills for that matter only serve to make you more competitive in the job market
· Understand the changing dynamics in your environment and adapt accordingly: If you’re a software developer and most of those jobs are moving India, China, etc. – learn how to be a business analyst or project manager (these jobs are far more likely to stay “on shore”
. If you’re in Manufacturing and your company is moving plants to remote locations – retool yourself and learn skills that will be valued and may even represent a step ahead in title and pay