5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with your Boss
Good manager-employee relationships are the key to a positive and productive workplace. In fact, 18% of professionals believe that the most important factor for employee retention is a good manager-employee relationship, as revealed in the Bayt.com ‘Employee Retention in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll
Fortunately, 76.8% of polled respondents say that their managers provide their honest feedback and genuinely care about their professional growth and development, as per the Bayt.com ‘Passion for Work in the Middle East and North Africa’, February 2016. If you don’t have the best relationship with your manager or want a relationship that goes beyond “we get along fine”, then consider the following tips.
- Put yourself in your manager’s shoes
Your boss is not the enemy. If you cannot bring yourself to like and admire your immediate manager or even respect their experience and authority, then you are most likely in the wrong role. Do some soul searching. If you have always had problems with your managers, then maybe it’s your own style, priorities and expectations you need to work on a little. It helps to imagine yourself in your manager’s shoes and situation to understand how your role, behavior and attitude can best be modified to directly impact your relationship with your boss. The ‘Work Satisfaction in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll, November 2015, reveals that 12.5% of the region’s professionals feel that management’s expectations of them are unrealistic. If you think that your manager’s expectations are not making sense, then it may be time to sit down with your manager and have an honest conversation about your job role and responsibilities.
- Become an indispensable resource
Managers love to have the best resources on their teams. Aim to be an expert and top practitioner in your field so you are actively sought and highly regarded for your advice and input at all times. Don’t take mediocrity for an answer and your name will soon be synonymous with a passion for excellence. Be generous in imparting your knowledge and experience with your peers so you build a robust pool of admirers and advocates within the team and across the firm.
- Stay true to your values
Integrity matters. People can generally see right through people, if not immediately then over time, and definitely managers have a good measure of their subordinates with the length of time they spend with them. Ask yourself what your core values are and be sure you are consistently true to them.
- Respect company resources
6 in 10 respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region regard absenteeism as being very harmful to a company’s productivity. Your company’s time, assets and reputation are yours for the safekeeping, so ensure they are respected and nurtured at all times. Tardiness, a sloppy work ethic and a lukewarm attitude towards your manager and the company’s employees and brand are not only potentially contagious but they will fail to endear you to your boss.
- Ask for feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask your boss for feedback. Don’t assume that your work isn’t valued because your manager is juggling multiple deliverables and not spending as much time with you as you’d like. 88% of professional respondents are comfortable sharing their views at work. Ideally, your manager should already be providing feedback but this is your career so don’t be afraid to take the driver’s seat sometimes.