Your boss is out in the field or in meetings all day, everyday. When you do see her, she’s on the phone or busy with no time to talk. Your emails go unanswered and you never know when you’ll see her next. Sound familiar?
Some may think that a boss who is never around is a good thing, but that’s not always the case. An absentee boss means that they’re too busy to answer your questions, provide direction, and give approval, which can put you in a hard spot. Do you proceed and risk doing the wrong thing or do you wait until they are available (days or weeks later) and risk missing a deadline or delaying a project? Playing this guessing game is neither fun nor efficient. Plus is means that you’re performance is at risk.
Although you can’t control your boss’ schedule, there are some steps you can take to prevent finding yourself in this bind (or at least have it happen less frequently).