I have been working for this company for over 2 years now and I feel like I know more than my boss who just dumps work on me and takes credit for the work I do. I just think it is not fair that he gets the big buck while I slog through doing the work. Is there a way out?
JIB: I cannot say this without sounding snobbish but let me say it anyway: You only have two options:
i) Work even more than you are currently working and make your boss look really good.
ii) Quit and find a new job.
Reason for option (i) is based on the secret I learned from my bosses. To paraphrase, your job as a team member is to make your team and team lead look good. It really doesn’t matter whether you think if he/she is talented or not, your job as a team member is to give your best and more to make your immediate boss look good. When you make your boss look really really good – they tend to move up the ladder and who do you think he/she is going to fill in their role?
Opportunities exist in the disguise of hard work. There is no denying this.
Also, just from the sound of your email – I sense an air of superiority that shows a lot of confidence in what you are doing that is borderlining arrogance. You may be awesome at technical stuff but how good are you at managing multiple deadlines, or handling people issues or keeping clients happy with your charismatic presence?
Your boss may not be good at (or doesn’t have to be, reason why they hired you) what you are doing but he may be good at plethora of other things that are called for at his role. At your role it is expected that you are good at performing your job and without knowing what your boss does behind the scenes you cannot judge his/her talents.
One of the power rules is to “never outshine your boss”. Your job really is to be awesome at what you are doing and get a good name for your team and your boss. Fruits of this approach are in the long run.
More aggressive way to approach this is to bypass the chain of command and go straight to your boss’s boss and volunteer yourself for a bigger challenge. This may work and this may not. We will leave it up to your discretion.
Option (ii) is really applicable in situations where you have stopped growing in the job. It really has nothing to do with your boss’s talents, it boils down to whether you find your job challenging or not. Are you learning and growing or are you stagnating only to wait for your golden parachute to take off one day?
If option ii describes your situation – then you need to plan finding a more challenging and rewarding job that will extend your horizons and help you grow as a person.
Don’t stagnate for the sake of security.
Don’t play the blame game to cover up your complacency.
As I stated at the very beginning – I don’t mean to sound snobbish but you had to hear that from somewhere before you dwindle in the wrong path.