Last week, my boss told us during a meeting that we have to prepare and tell him our plans for next week. And now that the start of "next week" is today, I got worried on telling him that I have nothing else to do. I discussed a couple of things that I plan to do for the week, but he was not satisfied and asked if there was anything else that I need to do. But there was nothing else left for me to do.
It was scary for me to tell him that, but I did it. He paused for a while and when he was about to open his mouth, I got so worried that the words that will come out will hurt me. Thankfully, he calmly suggested that I should work on the documentation of this certain critical project, regardless if the development is still ongoing. And with that, my problem about being idle at work was instantly solved and I got so eager to start working on it immediately, while I also had to interview and evaluate some technical writer applicants on that day. Anyway, at least I won't have to feel useless before I leave the company. After all, I promised on my resignation letter that I would make use of my time left at the company well.
I think the saying is true that the brave may not survive, but the cautious do not survive at all. I chose to brave the situation and face whatever it is that will be thrown at me and it paid off. Many of us get scared of telling the truth to our bosses, especially if it has something do with our faults, but my boss said during our meeting, "You guys are not perfect. If you are already, then there is no need for us to have this meeting." So, own up to your mistakes and whatever it is you are lacking because it is OK, and because bosses like being challenged, it is should be a challenge for them to stir us to the right career path.