You have a lot of relationships in your life. But did you know that one of the most important is with your boss? It not only has a big impact on future promotions, but also the quality of the references you’ll get when you’re ready to move on.
So if you don’t have the best connection with your boss at the moment, how can you turn the situation around? With these easy steps from Morgan Hunter:
Step 1: Put yourself in their shoes.
If you get annoyed with your boss on a regular basis, it could be because you’re not clear on where they’re coming from. You see an unrealistic goal or deadline, not the pressure that your boss is under to get a certain project completed. It’s therefore important to take a step back and try to view things from their perspective. You’ll gain more empathy and understanding when you do.
Step 2: Make sure you’re both on the same page.
If you’re struggling with a lack of clarity, it could be due to the fact that you’re not on the same page with your boss. Schedule some private time to meet with them and discuss their expectations for you in terms of goals and deadlines. Make sure you’re both in agreement and understand next steps ahead.
Step 3: Change your mindset.
Are there certain habits your boss has that annoy or frustrate you? Remember, they’re only human and likely have many positive attributes, as well. That’s why you should try to overlook the negative and instead focus on the positive traits your boss displays. Looking for and finding the good will help you appreciate them more.
Step 4: Make a connection.
It’s easy to dislike your boss when you don’t know them very well. Try to change that by connecting with them, learning about them on a more personal level and identifying what they care about. You never know; you might actually have more in common with them than you think.
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