Communicating with the Boss

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  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Or rather, the hand that signs your paychecks. One of the most important lessons in your career will be how you manage your working relationship with a supervisor. Whether you like your supervisor, respectfully work well together or hold them in total disdain, it is important to keep the lines of communication open and have frequent face-to-face meetings. Your main goals are to help make your supervisor look good while enhancing your career as a result of your good work.  Keep these five simple reminders in the forefront as you pursue a career at any level to ensure professional success.
  • Don’t be full of surprises. Make sure your boss is kept up to date on your current work to limit future disagreements and confusion. Honesty and clarity is the best policy.
  • Keep track of all of your accomplishments, big or small. If you ever seek a promotion or raise, it is vital for the boss to be aware of your recent accomplishments without having to remind them.
  • If you need work covered, cover your bases. If you need to be out of the office for any reason due to sickness or a family emergency, your boss should be kept up to date on your work so she can cover it or find someone else to without too much of a hassle.
  • Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Let’s hope this uncomfortable situation doesn’t happen to you. But unfortunately, many people let their egos get the best of them and some workers justify that a climb to the top warrants squashing those they feel are threats to their ascent. If you are not getting along with your boss or colleagues and are suspect of their intentions that may compromise your position, maintain close contact. It may seem counter-intuitive, but this will help you monitor the situation so if a problem arises, you can take appropriate action and limit any potential damage to your reputation.
  • Spend a little bit of quality time. The more time you spend with your boss (during work) the more time you have to build your unique relationship and get a handle on their personality. Develop rapport and a deeper understanding that allows your work to get approved and completed that much sooner.

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