Do You Want to Develop a Better Relationship with Your Boss? Check Out These Tips

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.

  • Use this time to discuss the status of your current projects, present your suggestions and ideas, and check in to be sure you’re on track with your manager’s expectations – as well as your own.
  • 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.

  • In addition to discussing this at your meetings, raise your hand and volunteer for new projects at department or team meetings.
  • Keep a running list of ideas for new products, services, projects, or process improvements. Offer them up when the right opportunity arises, including during your one-on-one meetings.
  • 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.

  • Be ready with an alternative solution if possible. Or, if you’re caught off guard, hear your manager out and then let them know you’ll get back to them. Don’t be a “bobblehead” – simply nodding and agreeing, no matter what the outcome.
  • 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.)

  • Ask how your boss is doing, not just when it comes to work. You might open with, “How was your weekend?” or “Did you catch that (fill in the team) game the other night? Unbelievable!” Leaders appreciate when their employees see them as more than just the person who signs their paycheck. And now, the ice is broken to get to the real reason for your meeting.
  • Be yourself. Tell your boss when something in your personal life is affecting your work. Then, ask for what you need, but be prepared to compromise. Your relationship with your manager will be exponentially better as a result.
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