Sometimes, having really difficult conversations is part of our job. And, even worse, sometimes those talks are with our boss. So, if you have some bad news you need to deliver to your employer, first take a deep breath, and then consider these tips. They might come in handy.
Like all relationships over time, our relationships with bosses can grow stale, distant, or simply confusing. And many Americans believe it's a part of the reason their work doesn't feel fulfilling. A recent study reported by The Muse revealed that 60 percent of people say that they would be more productive at work if they had a better relationship with their boss. What's more, is that 70 percent of respondents said that they'd be happier, too. So how do we make that happen?
If you don't like your boss, you probably don't love going to work every day. In fact, bad managers are the number one reason people quit their jobs. No matter how you feel about your boss now, getting along better could make a big difference to your happiness at work. It makes sense to try to fix this dynamic. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you build a good relationship with him or her.
The employee/boss relationship is a tricky thing to nail down. You might think that everything's friendly, but things could change on a dime once you announce that you've got one foot out the door. What should you do to keep that friendly vibe going (and ensure you get a good recommendation in the end)? Think about it, before you blab to your boss that you're outtie-5000.
Have you recently come into a position where the senior member of your team is actually, well, your junior? Are you having a hard time falling under their leadership because of the age gap? You're not alone: About 34 percent of adults in the workforce have a boss that's younger than them. If you're struggling to navigate your relationship with a younger c-suite, the answer may lie in just a few simple adjustments.
Ever had to get people to contribute to a project, even though you're not actually their manager? Tough job, isn't it? Managing people without being in a position of power over them can be a daunting task, especially if it doesn't come naturally to you. But there are ways you can get your colleagues to help you in your job without the need for the carrot or, well, the stick.
Imagine this: you're in charge of planning exactly when to present the Big Proposal to the boss, and you have to pick the location, day, and time for the meeting. You've got a slot on Tuesday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. Which do you choose so that the boss is the most receptive to your ideas?
Employee dissatisfaction is a cultural institution: TV characters gripe about their TV bosses, it's often the subject of single-panel editorial cartoons, and it's one of the easiest bonding agents for employees around the water cooler. But why? Are bosses all really that bad? Based on a recent survey, the answer may be deeper than just a general disregard for leadership.