It is important to get the boss–assistant relationship right because, emotionally, we are most affected by intimate relationships and power relationships. And the power relationship in your life is with your boss; assistants probably spend more time with their bosses than the bosses do with their spouses. A bad relationship with a boss could cause anxiety, unhappiness, stress-related problems and even a risk of depression/illness. It is the number one reason that people leave their jobs. It can also cause physical symptoms such as high blood pressure.
Relationship building is a two-way process – you should take control of the situation and influence your boss(es) to agree to make the relationship work; Chapter 10 can be shared with your boss and used to build an effective working relationship. Whether you work for one or more bosses, you need to communicate constantly with each of them individually.
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