It was my first job as an Accounts Officer in a Public Sector Undertaking. I was reporting to a Dy. Controller of Accounts. My father, also an accountant, retired from service and used to live with me. Every evening when I returned home, he used to enquire about my work, and was sharing relevant instances from his work life.
Within few months of joining in my first job, one evening, I said to my father, â€I want to resign this jobâ€. He enquired â€œWhy?â€. I said â€œMy boss does not give any value to me. Gives direct instructions to the team reporting to meâ€. My father said, â€Where is the guarantee that you will not face a similar boss in the new job? Learn to live with the boss. Change your job only for bettermentâ€.
In the subsequent 4 decades of working, I did change jobs, only for betterment. There were one or two difficult bosses, but this did not prompt a job change. May be there was an instance where boss left because of me!
When I look back, I note that my contribution to an organization was at its best, where I enjoyed complete trust and confidence of my boss, who valued my views. In situations where my boss was in pursuit of his career growth ambitiously, there were setbacks.
When we are young, our priorities generally are better pay and perquisites, good role and growth prospects. This is not necessarily bad. But, if I were to go through my career once again, from the start, I would see the organizationâ€™s governance standards, its growth prospects, a role that matches my skills and aptitude, and relative importance for that role in the organizationâ€™s business. Just a note of caution on knowing your aptitude well. It takes some time in your work life to make it out clearly. Initially you need to take chances.
In one of the HR Surveys, I noticed that â€œdifferences with bossâ€ as one of the important reasons for seeking job change. This prompted me to share my thoughts. To conclude, â€œmanage your boss well. Change your job for bettermentâ€.
Tulasi S Sastri.
© 2015 Tulasi S. Sastri