ANDREW CHAN

CEO, ACI HR SOLUTIONS

There is no place for boredom or frustration at the workplace, if you know how to communicate your thoughts and what you’re going through.

How can one move forward with a boss who micro-manages and criticises more than recognises good work?
It may not be easy, but open communication is important. Rather than bottling up your thoughts and feelings, find an appropriate time to sit down with your boss to discuss how he/she is making you feel, but don’t criticise.
Avoid having this discussion at the time it happens though, as emotions, deadlines and stress may take over to make the discussion less than productive. Instead, request a time to meet more formally. It’s never easy working for a micro-manager, but recognise that management is a skill, and managers may also need feedback to improve.

When work starts to bore and frustrate, what could this mean and how should one overcome this?
We live in a fast paced environment nowadays, particularly with technology that has increased our tendency to upgrade and be constantly looking out for new challenges, especially amongst Gen Y employees.
Without looking for a new job or that next promotion as this is not always practical, try being proactive within your organisation by asking for projects to do. This could be finding better ways of doing things or CSR initiatives that benefit you, your organisation or the community. If this isn’t available, look at personal up-skilling opportunities outside of work by taking up further education, training or short courses to keep you motivated
and challenged.

How can one prevent from losing control over workload to the point of getting overwhelmed?
Start by taking the time to analyse your present situation. If possible, discuss your situation with someone you respect and knows you and your work situation, such as a mentor, colleague or even manager, and seek their objective advice. Sometimes it’s easier for someone else to see what you may have missed. Perhaps you need better time management skills, or you should be delegating your work more often than you do. If you’re not already doing so, consider better use of technology to help improve how you manage your workload and time. Remember, there are apps for almost everything nowadays!

When missing out on promotions, what’s the best attitude to stay motivated on the job?
It’s always disappointing to miss out on a promotion, but try to stay positive, and request some feedback from your manager. Where possible, request a meeting to discuss with him/her areas where you could improve, or up-skilling may be required to help you get that next promotion. This session is not to challenge your manager on why you did not get the promotion, but should be purely focussed on self-development.

New on the job, new work culture and new challenges. What’s the best way to adapt?
Change is often difficult and you’re likely to be feeling a range of emotions from excitement, to missing old colleagues and certain ways of doing things.
Start by keeping an open mind, and spend more time initially observing than making judgement or changes in the
new environment.