Building a lasting professional relationship with your boss leads to significant career benefits. For starters, your mood, morale, and productivity level will improve, making work each day easier. If that’s not enough, it also makes you more motivated, can earn you status as a trusted team member, and can put you in the fast lane when it comes to promotions and career growth.
So, what’s not to like?
More importantly, how do you develop and nurture this relationship?
Contact your manager and set up one-on-one meetings if they have not already done so. Once a month is a good rule of thumb, but use your judgment. Don’t be a stalker, just try and stick to a reasonable timeframe. Doing so shows you are invested and care about your progress.
Demonstrate your innovation.
Showing that you’re motivated, enthused, and excited to tackle new projects will help both you and your supervisor to be more successful.
Feel comfortable enough to agree to disagree.
If your boss has an idea that you know isn’t so great … it’s a scary conversation to have, but an important one. After all, they hired you for a reason: your experience, skillset, and the unique qualifications you brought to your role. So, if you know your boss is off base, be prepared to tactfully set them straight.
You do you … and the same goes for your boss.
Your boss is human, just like you. And also, just like you, they’re trying to do their job the best they can. (Or not. In which case, you probably need to get your HR rep involved.)
Building a great career is hard work. It helps to have a partner who can be a coach, cheerleader, and source of support as you advance in your current role or find new opportunities. In the Modesto region, turn to PrideStaff to help you define, achieve and exceed your professional goals. Contact us today to learn more.