At some point of a career we all have to report to a manager. Most of us always have a person sitting higher on a career ladder, who we call our boss. And the relationships with him or her are pretty important to our current job, our success in this organization and, perhaps, even those in the future. But people are so different, and sometimes it's hard to build great relationships with your supervisor. If you're dreaded with your boss, but you want to improve your employee-employer relationship here are some tips to help you:
1. Know Your Manager
Depending on your bosses working style, you should try to communicate with him the way they want to. If he needs some sort of information, you should deliver it the way he needs it. You need to be ready to answer three typical questions at all times: What is it you are working on? What are the results of your finished projects? How can you help your manager? Let your manager be always informed about your projects and interactions with your co-workers in a way he prefers. Does he need updates in written form each day - do that. You'll show how you value his time and preferences.
2. Be A Professional
Never be late. If you are getting late for some reason - try to inform your boss and apologize beforehand. Keep your timelines. If you got an assignment from your supervisor do whatever it takes to commit to the deadline or, which is better, finish earlier. Never let your manager be blindsided, if you made a mistake do anything to warn your boss. In case if he will not be prepared to handle a situation - he will be frustrated and not so happy with you. If you want to be a dream employee - just follow up on your commitments, show your boss he can count on you.
3. Ask For Feedback
Don't be afraid to ask your boss for feedback. You can't read minds and if you wan't to know how well you did or what you did wrong - just ask. It will help you to improve your work, and it will show your boss you want to improve your work. If you want to have great relationships with your boss and get ahead in your career - you might want to make sure he knows what you have accomplished. Ideally, your manager should be already providing feedback, but they are humans too and sometimes they too busy and just forget to say how excellent your job is.
4. Demonstrate Initiative
A dream employee is motivated, productive and initiative. When you see that something needs to be done - take the initiative to get it done before you're asked. Your foresight will be appreciated. Ask your boss if there are some additional projects you can work on. Ask if he needs help on any projects of his own. Be proactive but make sure you're not risking neglecting your own responsibilities.
5. Be Yourself
Don't be the person who tells the boss things they want to hear. Don't be the guy who is kissing up to the boss. Do your best to stay away from office politics and gossip - you should care about your work reputation. Remember that your supervisor is also a human being, so strive for open communication. You don't have to become best friends but asking him how did they spend weekend won't hurt. Be honest with your boss and communicate - that will help you build a powerfully effective relationship.
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