Painting and Decorating Made Easier!


Even the most capable and likeable staff painter may freeze up when needing to talk with the boss. The urge is to put it off till later.


That’s fine in some cases. You might find a good solution on your own. The problem might resolve itself, or run its course. Or, its importance may actually drop a few notches. Compared to bigger or newer stuff.


Putting off a  talk with your boss can cause or trigger bigger  problems. And, cost more money to resolve.


So, if the problem is only getting bigger, and won’t go away? Ask ahead, “When you can spare ten, I’d appreciate your input on something.”



  1. Do it face-to-face.
    Exception: The issue can’t wait. And, your boss is accessible today only by mobile, e-mail or facebook.
  2. Jot down the issue or problem, and two closely related facts. Have it ready  to “prod you on,” and keep on center/on point.
  3. Briefly explain the issue, what’s happening, and what you’ve done so far to try to take care of it.

4. Tell you boss, “I’m open for any solutions you might have.”

5. Ask how he wants you to do each solution that he suggests. His and your methods may differ, just enough to cause failure.

6. Stop. Ask your boss to clarify his viewpoint. And you explain yours. Share your feelings on both sides.

7. Work together to figure out a way to manage the problem.

8. Be sure that you understand where your boss is coming from. Ask him how he drew that conclusion.

9. Keep on the issue/problem at hand. Keep to that 10 minutes. Do not go off the track. And, do not side-pedal. Avoid other people’s views. They’re not there!

10. You may need to change your thinking to change your feelings. Take another look at the problem, and your efforts.

11. Seriously consider your boss’s viewpoint. Clear  up your assumptions about your boss’s intentions or motives.

12. Consider how much you may contribute to the problem/issue – and to the problem-solving effort.


In hotel/facility painting, the relationship between the painter and his boss is closely linked. They must work as part of a team to keep their department running smoothly – and their property meeting the expectations of a LOT of different people and factions.


In commercial and industrial painting, it’s common for problems to surface. Even with products that you’ve been using very successfully for over ten years.


Manufacturer’s reps and product analysts are familiar figures on site. Their prompt testing of applications could make the difference between completing a project to specification, and to passing all final inspections. The only way the customer/client pays. And, the individual painter gets his money, too.



Break the ice. Offer your boss a chance to “take ten.” Together.


Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.




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