Face it: managing multiple bosses is tough. And in this environment, reporting to more than one supervisor is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly as companies look to capture perceived cost savings and avoid layoffs. Here are four critical keys to success when you're juggling tasks for more than one boss.
When Eric Chen, MBA JD, Associate Professor of Business Administration at Saint Joseph College, got his first job, he had two bosses—Harry and John. Harry was a small, squirrely fellow in his thirties who had small glasses and squinted all the time. He was so high-strung that if he had too much coffee, he’d start shaking uncontrollably. John was about the same height as Harry, had six kids at home, and was always quick with a smile and a laugh. Harry’s management style was borne of a tough culture.