Marie Raperto, The Hiring Hub
While most employees would say they have a good relationship with their boss, there is always room for improvement. You don’t have to love your boss but you must have an open line of communication and mutual respect.
You, the employee, should start the process for improvement. Here’s how:
- Wear your boss’s shoes. Your boss has a job to do and will be held accountable. Start to figure out what they are facing and how you can help. Think ahead as much as possible.
- Keep your boss informed. Know when to communicate and your boss’s preferred method. Look at their communications and try to follow their style.
- Feedback is key. If you aren’t getting enough, then ask.
- Watch your boss’s back. Be a loyal, professional employee.
- Assist when possible. Don’t wait to be asked. If you see that help is needed, ask if you can lend a hand.
- Avoid office politics. You don’t want others complaining to your boss about your behavior.
- Don’t surprise them. Keep your boss informed so that they are not caught off-guard.
- Make an appointment. Some managers don’t mind you popping in for a quick question but, remember, they have work too.
- Offer solutions. There will be times when you need help with a problem but try to offer solutions or tell them what you have tried.
- Be friendly. You don’t want or need to be best friends. Simple courtesies like asking about their holiday sets an open tone.
If not now, you will be a boss one day!