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@qiao522 (449)
China
June 18, 2009 7:44pm CST
I got my job here 4 days ago, and I have no full-time working experience. I suck! By suck, I mean I don't know how to handle the situation with all the bosses around you anytime anywhere in the building. guys, help! yesterday I was on my way back to my office and my boss's boss were right in front of me talking to other bosses whom I hadn't even met in my 4 days working here. I didn't know what to do, to say Hi which would interrupt their conversation or just walk past them which showed no respect? I was a mess! What I did was walk slowly behind them and catch the right moment to go the other way back to my office. But I was sure that he saw me. Opps.... Hey , how are you guys dealing with this? I believe that you were in my position at least once. Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience!
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9 responses
@Toxicon (165)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I must be lucky, in all the jobs I've ever worked, I've never seen my boss's boss, however, if I were in that same situation , knowing me, I would have interupted and introduced myself , may not be the best choice but I'm pretty forward and some people in positions of authority like when their employees show some backbone and take chances. Since you're new I think you handled it in the most apropriate way, but at some point, if the boss's boss is around a lot, it would be a good idea to take the time to meet him formaly.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
19 Jun 09
I did meet him formally on my first day at work, but he seems to be cold and I feel no good. My work is not directly related to him, but he can see me all the time. He's in charge of many things, so he moves around a lot.
@Toxicon (165)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Ohh, thats no good then. In that case I have to agree with the other reply that said to just be yourself and do the work asked and just keep moving forward. It's really hard to work for people like that, and I wish you luck.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
20 Jun 09
I think I am getting better cause yesterday we did a lot of work stuff and he smiled at me. I think I just need a nodding to approve me.
@rsa101 (21166)
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Well I guess it is not expected of you to know them all and you are adjusting to the working environment so I think it is understandable. I do not think that was a mess you did. You avoided them because they were talking so you would not want to disturb them I guess that was an appropriate action to do at the time. Just be yourself and do what you are task to do and I guess you will improve in the coming days.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
19 Jun 09
Thanks for your good words. Maybe you're right, he might understand me. Now I just think there will be a lot to do in the future, including everything that I haven't learned from my college. It's tough, but I got to make it work.
@rsa101 (21166)
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Of course, if this is your first job that might surprise you. Well not all of the things that you've learned from school will be applied. There are things that will need your creativity and innovativeness in your work. Always have this in mind "think outside the box". Life is like that outside the school.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
19 Jun 09
got you. outside the box. prepare for the worst, look for the best.
@bunnybon7 (41880)
• Holiday, Florida
19 Jun 09
i would say quietly morning sir or afternoon sir. or like you possibley say nothing. maybe smile and nod. i once had many bosses and thats pretty much what i did when i couldnt avoid them.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
22 Jun 09
I feel just a nod or smile seems to be a boss's action. I mean when employees greet employers, employers always nod or smile. Anyway, I learned something from you guys. Thank you!
@vetiver12 (164)
• Spain
19 Jun 09
I think also the same as other suggestions, Don´t worry because if they´re were talking they don´t want to be interrupted, since they probably were chatting about something important. I personally would do the same as you.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
22 Jun 09
Thanks for being with me. I still don't know when the same situation happens in the future.
• India
19 Jun 09
Well, you are new to a corporate environment and I think people will not expect much from a greenhorn, though not for long. See around you about how the others are behaving. Though they might be oldies there and familiar with the bosses, yet they can teach you valuable lessons in etiquette. You will of course have to keep in mind not to cross the limit as you are new. Like the case where all the bosses were talking and you did not know what to do…you should simply walk past saying a ‘hi’ in their direction. Do not expect them to reply back, so don’t wait for an answer but say your ‘hi’ and walk off normally, be sure that they have noticed your showing courtesy to them.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
22 Jun 09
Yeah, after a week I feel quite into them and now I'm more familiar with things I've been doing. Anyway thanks a lot.
@vivianchen (2646)
• China
19 Jun 09
Well, if i were you, i will walk calm and give both of them a smile or nod my head showing the repect and giving a sign that they can continue their conversation! Sounds like a good idea? Don't worry, Qiao, you will be okay, they willknew you are new here and they can understand, because they are bosses, bosses have been suffer a lot to become a bosses, so don't worry, just smile and talk next time you saw them. You will be okay! Cheers!
@qiao522 (449)
• China
20 Jun 09
I did want to do that, just a smile. But I was afraid of doing that because first they might not see me when I turned my head back and secondly it was some kind of pretending to be. Hew,,,,
• Malaysia
19 Jun 09
If I were in the situation, I would just greet him but will not further introduce myself to show my respect to him. If I don't know who is he, then I will just ignore him. Don't worry, since you are still new there, you will get used to this kind of situation later. Just be yourself.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
20 Jun 09
I'm trying to be myself, yeah, I am, but it takes much more time than I think it will take maybe.
@ezekiel71 (132)
• United States
19 Jun 09
hi there,as an employee its your responsibility to know all your boss and everbody, they may not be formally introduce to you because that seldom happen but you still have to know them in any way (i mean at least know who is who) and give appropriate respect when it is needed. What you did was ok bec. you are new but in the coming days which i believe you will get better and better then they will expect more from you. Just be friendly (dont be trying hard) , be yourself. and enjoy your job.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
20 Jun 09
Thank you so much. I don't want to try really hard cause the money is not so good for me to do that. But I love improving myself.
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Having your boss around you while you are working is really irritating but I think that you will be used to that situation as time goes by. Just try to relax, don't be tense just do your work properly then ask questions if you have. Talk to him or her if possible, by this you will get some ideas regarding your work. In this case your boss will know that you are interested in your job.
@qiao522 (449)
• China
19 Jun 09
I think I may overdo it a little bit. I am not myself when I see him. Opps,,,it's killing me.