An untruthful superior tells you that your performance is excellent but behind the scenes, the word keeps getting back to you that your performance is less than satisfactory and as a result, your job is in jeopardy.
You know that something is not quite right because your boss avoids you whenever he passes by in the hallway or whenever you step on the elevator he avoids eye contact. Once a upon a time he spoke to you on every occasion.
What do you do when this happens? Many employees stagnate when it comes to confronting the boss and discovering what is really going on. They believe that they can do something to impress the boss and avoid losing their position in the company.
However, the longer you avoid coming face to face with your boss, the less likely the situation will get better. You may walk in one morning and find a pink slip in the middle of your desk, stating that you have been let go.
The obvious answer is that you must take responsibility for the challenge you face. You must decide to confront your boss.
The best approach is to ask for a meeting with your boss. You can put the request in a letter or email or you can go directly to his or her office and ask for the meeting.
Before arranging a meeting, whether it the same day or the next day, make sure you know what you want to say. The goal is the approach the situation professionally. Avoid becoming emotional.
Be proactive. Let your boss know that you are doubtful as to whether or not he is telling you the truth regarding your performance. Let him know, without mentioning names, that you heard it through the grape vine (so to speak) that your job performance is unsatisfactorily and that your job is in jeopardy.
Let the boss know that you are just trying to understand how he or she feels about your daily work. Pushing for clarity and truth is the key. Gently refuse to allow the truth to be put on hold. Your lively hood may be at stake.
After you have voiced your concern, listen to understand his or response and feeling about the situation. Attempt to read between the lines to discern what is really being said. Ask for clarity regarding your performance again and again.
The aim is to come to a mutual agreement regarding your job performance and what is expected to happen next. Before ending the meeting you should know exactly what decision you must make to manage your future, whether it is still in the company or someplace else.
Confronting and untruthful boss can be intimidated, but a conviction to know the truth must be stronger than any fear. That goes for all challenge in life.
A positive outcome of your situation occurs if your boss admits his or her dishonesty and apologizes for lying. Anything short of this is unsettling and should cause you to reconsider whether or not you want to remain with the company.