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The number of employees who work from home is fast approaching the number of home-based self-employed.
I’m a VP at a small firm. The president and COO is a micromanager. But
it is not that he micromanages me—he triangulates (i.e., he goes to
others below me, my direct subordinates) and has them do things for him.
I am a technical assistant. My supervisor misunderstood the tone of an
e-mail I sent her, where I was questioning a decision she made. She
became very angry.
I need to get something off my chest. Just because I control a company doesn’t make me some evil corporate monster.
Whenever you meet executives with whom you’d like to build rapport, invite them to address your staff.
Don’t lose confidence or question your abilities.
When you greet visitors—such as key customers or vendors—escort them
from the reception area to your office, introducing them to your
colleagues along the way.
Left unchecked, cynicism can lower morale and infect a workplace with
lazy, indifferent employees. Smart managers find ways to put a muzzle
on cynics and keep them from acting up.
If your manager acts in a way that is offensive or upsetting to you, don’t adopt an accusatory or self-righteous tone.
Whenever you make a verbal commitment to your boss or a co-worker, confirm it in writing.