My boss always changes his plan at the last minute. I often feel very frustrated, angry and stressed-out because it is such a waste of time, and I have to re-do everything within an impossible period of time. Help! How can I tell my boss without offending him that if he keeps doing this, my work will never be finished?
25 years old executive assistant.
Ok, you planned everything perfectly and BANG, you have to throw away what you have done and restart just because your boss changes his mind. Very annoying, isn’t it?
How do you tell your boss, and make him change?
My answer is:
Come on! Let’s be realistic here. He is your boss. And if you talk to any other executive assistant (EA) or personal assistant (PA), you will find that unpredictable change is the challenge that they are facing everyday. It is part of your job. Your boss may or may not have control over those changes, but it doesn't matter. What matters most is to make yourself happier, and for this you have to change first! How do you do that? Here are 3 simple tips:
Tip 1: Take it
Next time, when your boss makes a last minute change, instead of grinding your teeth and swearing under your breath, take a deep breath and smile. Because you know anger or frustration will get you nowhere but only make you feel worse. Acceptance can help you cool yourself down so that you can figure out what is the best solution.
Tip 2: Be proactive
Think ahead of your boss. Your boss is very busy. He may not think things through when he assigns you a task and that is one of the reasons why he changes them later. So before you jump into work straight away, put yourself in your boss’ shoes. Then check with him. By doing this, you can reduce unnecessary changes.
Tip 3: Always have a Plan B
Now you know the only thing that won’t change is change itself, especially for EA/PA, so always have a Plan B! It will not only relieve stress when you face change, but it will also show your boss that you are capable of dealing with emergencies.
Use these 3 simple tips to deal with unpredictable changes, and don’t be surprised to find that one day soon you are handling them so well that your boss has no choice but to promote you!