Working better with your boss

Throughout all our lives there will always be someone who you will perceive as your superior.  As a child you have your parents and teachers and when you’re an adult it will be your boss. These relationships will often require you to bite your tongue, but once you understand how to work effectively with your boss it can make your life far easier and benefit you.

Why should I have to change my work style?
It is important to remember that your boss is ultimately in control of your success at work. At work it will be your boss that decides if you receive a salary increase, a bonus, promotion or if you will be nominated for an award. Once you realise that it is your boss that you need to impress at work, it will make it far easier for you to allow yourself to change your work style to match theirs.

Once your work style matches your boss’s you will have a far more productive working relationship with them, which will in turn improve your mind-set at work and allow you to receive the praise that we all desire.

Understanding your boss
When you start a new job, it is important for you to understand how your boss likes to work. Some bosses have meticulous attention to detail and therefore like to micromanage their team, others will expect you to manage yourself. It is important that whichever approach your boss adopts that you try not to view it negatively and restrain from getting frustrated by their working style.

Instead if they do like to micromanage and you know they will ask for an update at the end of each day, then make you sure you provide this report before they ask for it. Firstly, this will make you feel like you are in control of your workload, but your boss will also see that you are proactive. It will also take the burden off them having to chase you for this information.

Ask your boss how they like to communicate. Some may prefer to speak to you face-to-face, others via email. Would they like you to provide a detailed report or a summary?

What frustrates them?
Look out for what frustrates your Manager. Pay attention to how your boss reacts to your colleagues. Make sure you are not that problematic team member who creates issues. Once you understand what traits or working styles frustrate them you will be on your way to having a more productive working relationship with your boss.

Be proactive
Do not just wait for your boss to tell you what to do or chase you to complete a piece work. If you see that your boss is overloaded with work and that they are receiving pressure from their boss, then see if you can take on extra responsibilities to help them! This will not only help them, but in turn yourself, as you will obtain more knowledge and experience and will be someone they will not want to lose.

Do not expect your Manager to always have the answer to a problem! Remember you want to be a useful asset to them and merely raising a problem with no solution is not going to make their life easier. Even if your boss does not use your suggestion, it will show that you thought about the problem and that you can use your own initiative.