You can do better. You deserve better.
Unless you’re lucky enough to work for yourself, we all have a boss we have to answer to. Provided they’re not the devil incarnate, there are quite a few ways to ensure you two have a good relationship. Here’s what you should keep in mind.
10. Boost Your Likability at Work
Now we’re not implying you aren’t already likable—you’re a nice guy/girl, right? (Most) everybody in the office probably likes you. But you can use a few tricks to make yourself even more likable to those around you, including your boss. That means avoiding negative body language, picking your battles, and even dressing the part. This doesn’t mean you have to be a suck up—just keep in mind that you want to give off more positive signals than negative ones. That way, you can offer criticism when it counts, but you aren’t seen as a negative nancy.
9. Make Yourself Indispensable
You’ve probably heard this one a lot, and it’s totally true: if the office can’t function without you, then you’re in a much better position to get bigger raises, promotions, and avoid layoffs. So if you aren’t indispensable yet, start working toward it: work on high-visibility projects, and if you can, gain some skills that separate you from the crowd—and help projects run more smoothly. A bit of extra training never hurt anyone.
8. Know Their Priorities
If it’s important to your boss, make it important to you. So make sure you talk to them regularly to get a feel for what their priorities are. They don’t have to match up perfectly with your priorities, necessarily, but make sure you’re giving enough attention to the stuff they want done. It’ll keep a bad boss off your back, and make a good boss like you even more.
7. Keep Them Updated
It goes without saying that face time is important—after all, your boss won’t love you if they never see you—but in particular, try to keep them updated with your work as you progress. Consider sending them a regular status update. Not only will this let them know what you’re up to, but if you’re being productive, it’ll also show them how much progress you’re making—which makes you look good. This is also known as “managing up,” which isn’t as manipulative as it sounds. All it means is that you communicate regularly so you’re both on the same page, which is particularly useful with busy or uncommunicative bosses.
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