Thursday, August 4, 2011

Boss is an a**

or something like that if one were to name the feelings of a lot of people working in organizations and who have a boss on top of them.

Organizations can't be termed bad; at best they are only a structure, a framework. We know they are the people who make us feel one way or another.

In fact, life becomes heaven or hell depending on your equation with the person you are working under/with.

The 'boss is an a**' problem arises when:
  • the boss or the subordinate, does not have talent (or thinks that the other doesn't have talent)
  • the boss or the subordinate, does not have skills (or thinks that the other doesn't have skills)
  • the boss or the subordinate, does not know how to communicate (or thinks that the other doesn't know how to communicate)
For those who've had bosses know bosses aren't any better. Nor are they any better who think that bosses aren't any better! 

Does the boss deserve the subordinate? Does the subordinate deserve the boss? How does this frequent mismatch be avoided/resolved?

The french origin of the word 'interview' is 'entrevue', verbal noun from s'entrevoir "to see each other, visit each other briefly, have a glimpse of." Unfortunately, we are so far down the road that to make organizations re-evaluate the meaning of 'interview' could be an exercise like diving into a pitless bottom.

So now? 

Here's a suggestion, a possible solution: 

When an organization posts an ad to recruit a 'passionate' employee, it would also give a measure of the passion of the person who's gonna be the boss of this employee.

When it posts an ad to recruit a 'creative' person, it would also give a measure of the creativity of the person who's gonna be the boss of this person.

When an organization posts an ad to recruit a man with 'sound communication skills', it would also give an idea of the soundness of the communication skills of the one who is going to boss around. 

Basically, it's the boss description that matters more. Job description is a necessary condition. But boss description is the decisive condition.

Do this and the number of applications might decline. But there's every likelihood that relevant applications might fly in.

Gives me an idea to develop an online app! Hurry!