Saturday, June 4, 2011

How To Really Annoy Your Bosses

Too many supervisors rule through imitation and awe techniques. They love standing behind you, watching you work, not drawing attention to their presence until you're feeling the tickling sensation of being watched. You want to turn around and catch them watching, but you don't want to be caught turning around if they're not there.

You can get used to not caring whether someone is looking over your shoulder or not. For some it comes easily and naturally, and for others, it comes through much practice and self-control. A large portion of it is being confident in your work, enough to stand up to their close scrutiny. For myself, it's not so much as being right all the time, as it is about not being concerned with admitting that I'm not infallible; I'm not infallible, and I have no qualms about saying it loudly and proudly.

For those bosses and superiors who do intimidate their employees and subordinates by standing behind them and watching over their shoulders, continuing to work uninterrupted and unnerved is disconcerting to them. People in power usually like feeling intimidating, even if they won't admit it. This tells them that they have no more power over you than you give them.

And that's all the power anyone has over you: only as much as you are willing to give them. If you insist on not being intimidated, you will not be, and having their own techniques turned back on them is intimidating in itself. It's nice to see them back away once in a while.