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I feel my employer is not happy with my work? what to do?
Your Boss isn’t Happy?
It was all going well. You came to work on time. Did your hours honestly. Overdelivered when and where possible. As far as you were concerned, you were doing your job properly. But lately, you have started to feel your boss isn’t happy with your work. You know it is not a good omen. Why is it happening with you? More importantly, what should you do about it?
A happy boss can make work week fun and fulfil. But if they aren’t, it would be that much more miserable. If your boss doesn’t like you or your work, they would begin ignoring you. Try to avoid contact with you. Cut your meetings short or cancel them. They would stop investing time in you overall. You know that it does not bode well for you in the long run. Here’s what you can do if your boss isn’t happy with your work.
Also Read: How To Motivate Employees?
1. Have a heart to heart with yourself:
Is it really you or your employer who is just isn’t happy with your work? It is hard for someone to realize their own mistakes. Once you get past this step, you can move on to fixing this undesirable circumstance.
2. Request a Meeting:
Before things get much worse, you should have a meeting with your boss. It’s an unpleasant topic that you would want to avoid, but just rip the band-aid off. It would be more beneficial for you if you know why your boss doesn’t like your work. This brings me to my next point.
3. Develop an Improvement Plan:
Develop an improvement plan aligned with your boss’s view. Ask them what they expect of you and how they think you should achieve that? Outlines specific goals and objectives. Try to get a definitive figure about the goals and timeframe to reach them. The more specific your data is, the easier it would be to conclude you have reached them. Develop a strategy that is aligned with your manager’s viewpoints.
Make it a habit to have regular communication with your manager. Ask them if they could allocate a slot for a weekly meeting specifically to discuss your performance and progress. It is important as it keeps you updated and keeps you on track of their requirements of you.
5. Ask what you need:
Ask what you need, so you can make improvements and perform as the boss expects you to. Are you disturbed by the environment you work in? Do you need more helpers?
6. Mention Personal Issues (if any)
If you have any personal issues that might be impacting your performance, you can mention that too. You might be going through a divorce or someone in your family might be sick, leaving you exhausted for work. It’s a high probability your boss would understand and give you some space to get everything right.
7. Start Improving
Now that you know their expectations you can move towards your actual improvement. You can ask them for some pointers in your every meeting. You can also seek training from online learning platforms. Your peers and friends wouldn’t mind proving some tips every now and then.
8. Hire Help
If you find it hard to improve on your own, you can even hire a personal career coach. You can find one in your local area or schedule online meetings with one anywhere in the world. We now know it’s possible from “Work from Home”.
9. Get a Second Opinion
You shouldn’t rule out getting another opinion on your performance. Ask your friends and peers for their honest opinion about your performance. Then you can make a better decision of your next steps of improvement, reassignment, or switching the employer altogether.
10. Is it Time to Move on?
You might have tried to improve, or maybe just moving on is the right choice. If you think you can stay in the company, you should ask for reassignment. Or request the less attractive voluntary demotion. Sometimes, it is just better to wave the white flag and find a new employer. It happens to most people but don’t worry you would definitely find a better opportunity somewhere else.