I don’t have the tools and materials I need to get my work done
I don’t have the tools I need to get my work done. Nor can I meet my deadlines. My computer is extremely slow, and I don’t get the materials I need in a timely fashion to produce results.
Tools and time. Reminds me of tool-time and the old sitcom Home Improvement. These are two simple problems. I presume you’ve posed them to the main problem-solver – your boss? Here are three possible responses to you telling your boss exactly what you’ve written above:
Boss from heaven
Boss: These are real problems. How much will a new PC cost and when is your materials deadline?
You: A PC upgrade costs $ ____, and I need materials ____days in advance.
Boss: OK. I’ll authorize the upgrade and meet your materials deadline. Can you give me two weeks?
You: I love you boss-man. You must read FAITH magazine.
Boss from purgatory
Boss: Sorry. We can’t afford a PC upgrade and I have no control over the materials schedule.
You: Sorry to hear that. I’ll continue to do my best and hope you’re OK with subpar and late results.
Boss: I appreciate your efforts and attitude. Neither go unnoticed. You’ll be rewarded down the road.
Boss from – you know – that other place
Boss: I don’t have the resources I need either. Quit griping or just quit.
You: Amen to both!
Boss: Good riddance.
You must already have a pretty good clue about what kind of boss you have. So proceed with intelligence, realism and preparedness. And I admit it: The three boss designations are theologically shaky.