5 ways to interact with a boss working part-time

5 ways to interact with a boss working part-time

 When your boss works part-time and you work full-time, the lack of interaction could lead to several strategic, political and cultural issues within the team. ET looks at ways to best deal with such a situation. 

 
Develop a Communication Style
 
In a workplace where a leader works part-time while subordinates work full-time it is critical to have a communication style to address issues. "If a communication style is maintained then there is less scope of an employee to resent," says Sundararajan Narayanan, senior VP & global HR head at Virtusa.
 
Decentralise Decision-Making
 
When bosses don''t work full-time it could lead to delay in decision-making. Another issue can be loss of competitiveness where speed is key. To avoid such situations companies should decentralise process of decision-making, says Ajay Kumar Jain, associate professor, organisational behaviour, MDI Gurgaon. 
 
Delegate Clearly
 
If the boss isn''t available full-time it could also lead to rivalry among the bosses and role-conflict of employees.
 
To address this the leader must create and nurture a healthy work-culture of trust, says Jain.
 
This is a probable situation when expectations are not set clearly and the work role is not discussed in advance. 
 
Develop Work Commitment
 
When bosses are not available full-time it could become a negative culture in the organisation. "The overall impact will be that subordinates will avoid taking ownership and accountability for their work. People will use defense mechanism of ''This is not MY job''," says Jain. To avoid any such a situation it is important to develop an attitude of work commitment.
 
Get the Right Mindset
 
If a boss works part-time there could also be a potential situation where peers or subordinates feel there is misuse of supervisorial power, says Narayanan. "It''s critical to hire the right people with the right mindset who have the maturity to understand corporate values," he says. 
 

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