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How To Maintain a Good Relationship With Your Boss

Sep 19, 2019Lifestyle

Good Relationship With Your Boss

All relationships need to be actively managed, but some are more complicated than others. Take the example of the employer/employee dynamic, for instance — that can be difficult. They’ve essentially got power over you, but they can’t abuse that power, you need to do what’s right for you while also doing right by them, you spend a lot of time together…and so on. Just from that sentence, we can see that it’s a tough one to manage. It’s in everyone’s best interests, however, if you focus on keeping things healthy, even if it means biting your lip every now and again. We take a look at a few ways how to do this below.

1.  Accept Who They Are

You’re never going to have the perfect boss, because it doesn’t exist. They might be brilliant at their job, but lack social skills. They might push you to be the best version of yourself, yet use a tone of voice that you find grating. Who knows? It’s hard to find people that you like everything about, so it’s unlikely that the person employing you will be one of those people. Since you can’t who they are, you’ll have to do what you should do with all people anyway: accept them for who they are.

2.  Hold Your Ground

You’re not there to just please your boss. You could do that for a little while, but sooner or later you’ll realize that there’s a problem: you’ve shot yourself in the foot, because you’ve presented yourself as one way, but now you’re seething at the role you’re playing. If something happens that you don’t like, or you think you’re being undervalued or disrespected, then speak up. It might not always be comfortable, but it’s the only option if you want to stay in the job without losing your sanity or self-worth.

3.  Handling Problems

If you work for a company for long enough, then eventually you’ll run into a problem with your boss. It could be a small issue, or something more serious, but it will happen at one point or another. So you’re not going to avoid problems, that’s out of your hands — what you can control is how you respond to them. If it’s more complex than simply having a frank conversation, the best way is to let impartial parties handle the issue. If you’re injured on the job, then let a trial attorney that handles workplace injuries will help you get the compensation you legally deserve. If there’s an employment matter, then a lawyer that specializes in labor law can help. You don’t need to navigate the problem by yourself when there’s a legal framework you can tap into.

4.  Do Your Bit

Finally, remember that it’s not all about your boss: it’s on you, too. You’ll find that your boss is much more open to having a positive relationship if you do everything that’s expected of you without complaint. It’s no surprise that employers tend to like the employees who work well and help to push their company forward. 

How do you maintain a good relationship with your boss?  Comment below!

Best,

[a contributed post]

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