Do you ever get the feeling that your boss doesn’t give you the trust you think you deserve? One of the main complaints by employees is that they have a poor relationship with their direct managers, and just as it is on all of life’s relationships, trust issues are a recurring and familiar theme. However, one thing you have to remember is that just because you are blaming the boss, it might just be down to you. Here are several possible reasons why your employer doesn’t trust you.
You say you will but don’t
Be honest – are you guilty of dropping the ball every now and again? If so, there’s a good chance you are doing it more than you think. Whether it’s missing a deadline or not turning up for a meeting on time, it’s important to remember that your boss will be noticing – and marking your card accordingly. It’s vital that you follow through on all your responsibilities, and don’t forget that even if your work isn’t quite right, you get more respect for being responsible than you do for being late.
You enjoy too many extracurricular activities
Are you burning the candle at both ends? If so, don’t expect to get away with it for long. Employers have a tendency to notice lots of hangovers in the workplace, and if you are producing low quality work as a result, it will be held against you. Bear in mind that a lot of employers these days can spring a random urine drug test or swab on you. And if you are found to be doing things you shouldn’t there is every chance you will lose your job – at best.
You aren’t a team player
Managers like to have teams that work together well – not that are at each other’s throats. And if you are the one tearing into people rather than supporting them and helping build their confidence, you can expect to be invited to the boss’s office – for all the wrong reasons. Lots of people think they are doing their manager a favor by pulling people up all the time, but the reality is that good employers expect everyone to get on professionally.
You have all the questions but none of the answers
Are you the employee that always sees the problem? That could be your biggest problem. Pointing out things that aren’t working is OK to do – but only if you have a few answers or fixes to make things right. If you are continually whinging and whining without offering any solutions, your days are likely to be numbered – it’s that simple. Supply the answers, however, and your career will bloom.
You love drama
Finally, office gossip is part of the working day, but make no mistake about it, if you are the person responsible for all the stories, drama and negativity, you will be out on your ear in no time. Your boss is not looking to spend his days dealing with the drama of his or her employees making, and it is both unprofessional and disrespectful to gossip about other people’s lives. Keep your mouth buttoned next time, and nip any problem in the bud if you hear it.