How Many Bosses Did You Say You Have?

What the hell?  I mean, you try and do your job, but it just so happens that somebody somewhere thought you needed two ass-clowns to tell you how to spend your time.

These days, it’s almost impossible to take on a corporate job without also inheriting 2-4 bosses.

Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly like that.  But in an economy where publicly-held companies are losing money faster than congress can dole out relief checks, it’s not unheard of for new employees to have responsibilities spanning multiple disciplines and requiring multiple managers.  So how do you deal with being the tether in this corporate tug-o-war?

Clear up the communication jam – tell your bosses what’s been tasked to you.  Be clear about what your time commitments are – it’s better to take on just enough over a longer period than to take on way too much too quickly and get nothing done.  If you get conflicting marching orders, arrange a meeting with both bosses and figure out which orders take precedence.

In short, it all comes down to protecting yourself by sharing information.  Trust me – I came from an organization where I had -four- bosses.  I didn’t escape with all my limbs in tact.  Once I learned how to share information between all the bosses, it was a lot easier to balance my workload.

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.  If your organization isn’t set up to facilitate the interaction of your 2+ managers, you need to take the initiative to speak up for yourself.  They used to kill people by tying their limbs to four horses and spooking them to run off in opposite directions.  In short, don’t let yourself get killed.  It’s better to be tied to only one boss…er…horse.

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