Developing an effective working relationship with your supervisor is vital, not only for your career advancement, but also for your well-being at work.
First of all, the boss-subordinate relationship is not one-sided. Your boss needs your help to accomplish the tasks, so accept your responsibility and manage upward. You are in charge of meeting his or her needs, so take the initiative to regularly provide your supervisor with feedback and insight.
Second, determine your boss' communication style. Should you send e-mails, make a phone call, or schedule a meeting when delivering news or updates on projects? Does your boss prefer details or succinct messages? Understanding your manager's preferred work style and adjusting yourself to it will strengthen your boss' confidence in you.
Third, be honest. You are not expected to get everything right at first. Talk through mistakes or ask for clarification. It will make you grow professionally and ultimately earn your supervisor's trust.
Finally, keep your manager in the loop regarding your accomplishments, observations, and concerns. The more you give and get feedback, the more in sync you'll be at your annual review.
Zelda Freud is HR manager at RF Binder.
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