CEO of HBC
New boss makes me want to quit
I'm a seasoned worker and recently management has hired a younger lad to oversee me. I feel so embarrassed and really lose face in the workplace. I want to resign but I have family responsibilities so it's not really an option to just quit. But I feel so shameful in the office and upset when he tells me what to do. I don't feel he is qualified and he has such simplistic views which aren't workable as he is so green and inexperienced.
I can imagine how you feel about the situation. Being in the workforce for a while, we have developed a sense of pride through years of experience. And having a supervisor young enough to be your son can be extremely embarrassing and demotivating. However, your situation is not unique. Surveys have shown that there are older employees are reporting to younger bosses more and more recently because of the aging population. There must be a reason why this young person got the job, maybe his ability to learn new things, digitally savvy or he is the owner’s son. Whatever the reason is, the fact that he is your supervisor and instead of feeling embarrassed, the key is to let go your ego and perform what you are hired to do. It is easy to be said than done. I would like to offer you an “ABC” solution to getting it right. Accept the situation; it is a fact that he is younger than you and he may have better skills that you do not have. For example, your supervisor uses instant messaging while you are more comfortable with e-mails and face to face interaction etc. Be a player and a resource; there is no point to be in bad moods and complain while you are at work. Take a proactive step to earn your respect by showing him your skills and knowledge that he lacks. While in the meantime, to make him look good in front of the team. For example, your boss might not have the experience of handling clients, this would be a perfect opportunity to show your expertise and your value. Communicate; to achieve mutual understanding, you need to ensure two way communication. As assumptions and values are different between the 2 generations, your boss may have a leadership style that is different than yours, then you need to do your best to adapt. Building a relationship starts with managing your own attitude. Once you can do that, and you are meeting his expectation, you will become a valuable team member. If you practice the above, I promise you that things will start to change and all of a sudden, you will be more relaxed and you may even share some common interests and goals professionally and personally. Have a go and best of luck!