Your immediate boss or the person to whom you have to directly answer for your responsibilities or the in charge of your section — whatever you call him / her — may become a problem sometimes! It is often noticed at workplace that the senior colleague of yours to whom you have to directly answer becomes a nuisance for many reasons. He /she might be insecure because he / she may have realised your potential and might consider you a ‘threat’. In this situation he /she may start finding out ‘ways’ to trouble you in order to ruin your job image in front of the manager or the boss of the entire organisation usually called as ‘General Manager (GM)’, CEO, Director, etc. If your boss starts irritating you for reasons such as asking you to sit late, reach office earlier than your usual time, keeping an eye on each and every activity of yours such as what you are doing on your computer, which websites you are surfing, to whom you have been meeting in office, etc. These are the signs of being insecure and if your immediate boss is doing any such thing, you definitely are in trouble and need to look for ways to avoid these problems.
First and foremost way is to not give him /her any opportunity to point finger at you. Be punctual, remain disciplined, perform all your tasks on time, don’t do unnecessary phone calls (in front of him / her), avoid being too social in the office and try to remain focussed on your work only. (Avoid long chats with colleagues, avoid gossiping and other such stuff).
If you have other colleagues who are working at your level (under your immediate boss), beware of them as they might be working as ‘spies’ for your immediate boss! Avoid badmouthing about anyone especially your ‘immediate boss’ in front of your colleagues as they might leak out your opinions about him /her, which will be harmful for you.
Remain in touch with the Director or CEO of the organisation. Your better relations with the authority figures will compel your immediate boss to avoid conflicts with you and he / she will not misuse you for any reason.
If all this is not working for you and your immediate boss has really become a nuisance for you who does not let you sit relaxed even at your home and keeps you troubling by ordering official work through phone calls and emails; who scolds you and insults you in front of the other staff then it is the time to take action. Talk to your manager! Inform him / her about your sufferings. He /she may either move ‘you’ to any other section or change your ‘immediate boss’!