Help my co-workers and I deal with our boss?
March 14, 2007 10:34 AM Subscribe
How do my co-workers and I deal with the owner of the start up company we work for when he doesn't want to change his ways?
posted by jrdnbaade to human relations (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Around November I started working full time for a start up company that focuses primarily on web development.
The owner came to me and a couple other developers and designers spouting a chance to grow a company, help make decisions as it grows, and to be a part of something that could be great.
Now that it's been a few months my co-workers and I are getting really frustrated with our boss. He seems to be one of those guys that think his opinion is best, and whatever that opinion may be is obviously the only way to go about things.
He's like that when it comes to everything. Designs for projects we have, technologies to use, and how things are done around the office. Our entire group of twenty somethings feel that he's letting down the company by not letting us do what our generation has been doing for many years. I've been around computers all my life, and my other co-workers are definitely more in tune to whats going on around the web and computers then he is.
The last big concern we had was the way he talks to the customers. We make quite a few layouts, and when he shows them to him, he tells them what he likes, and disses everything he doesn't. While there are a few that will ignore him and go for what they think is best, a lot of people come to us because they don't know where to start. When he imposes his opinion on people they think that's the best route because of his title.
We've tried talking to him. He told us that we had a say, so we tried to tell him that he wasn't letting us do things how we know they're suppose to be done. Nothing really changed after that.
How can we show him that the things he wants done are things that people stopped doing a long time ago, and they stopped for a reason? Does anyone have any advice to get him to just trust our decisions? I've gone as far as going behind his back to talk to the customer to see what they wanted, and they've been very happy dealing with me because I asked them what they wanted, instead of telling them what I thought was best.