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Things Every Manager wants to hear from Employees like You!

The Truth. The one thing a boss or manager wants out of every employee. Filipino culture tend to be a hindrance or an enigma when it comes to dealing with one’s employer. In most company offices in the Philippines, employees are just too shy to speak up, quite the exact opposite of their Western counterparts. Workers are just content on being silent, keeping opinions or issues to themselves, and just keep the bosses guessing. This article from the Manila Bulletin by Ruben Anlacan, Jr. talk about some major things managers would like to hear from employees.

Say what you want to do and what you dislike

Making the boss guess what you prefer to do is like expecting him / her to have ESP. Although the company is not paying you to do what you want to do, it is of mutual benefit if you are motivated to do the task. You may have certain abilities that your boss is not aware of. In discussing this, phrase it in a way that will show how you can better serve the company. After all, you will be able to do more if you like what you are doing.

Disclose problems

While this is, some may say, the hardest thing to do (you may be branded as a bootlicker who wishes to please the boss to gain a personal advantage), doing this can resolve a lot – from petty, easily resolvable problems to full-blown anomalies that threaten to bankrupt the company. Although being a ‘tattle tale’ can get you into trouble most times, not everyone is cut out to be brave and be the hero in the end.

Having a personal as well as a professional on-going relationship with your boss, finding the balance in between and maintaining that would not be easy. It certainly is not easy in any job, in any company or organization. The main thing to keep in mind is that having an open relationship and communication with your manager/employer is so much better than having none at all. It is all about familiarity with the one you’re working for and vice versa. Having this would certainly both sides at ease and a harmonious employment will positively follow.

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About Kristian Dayrit

Kristian Dayrit was the Associate Editor and Content Writer for AITS Philippines. He has edited and wrote various published works, articles, newsletters and such since 2007.

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