How to Have a Better Relationship With Your Manager

How to Have a Better Relationship With Your Manager

Your relationship with your manager is a key driver of how well you do at work and how happy you are in your job. Love your boss, and a not-so-great job can become more satisfying. Hate your boss, and a great job can become one you’re desperate to quit.

Having a strong relationship with your boss can actually be pretty straightforward if you know how to go about it. Here are eight key levers that can improve the way you interact.

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1. Bring differences in perspective to the surface. Often when you disagree with your boss, it’s because you have information or a perspective that she doesn’t, or vice versa. When you’re in conflict, take that as a sign that one of you knows something that the other doesn’t, or that one of you is looking at the situation from a different perspective, and try to bring that difference to the surface. This won’t solve every disagreement, but it will solve a lot of them – and if nothing else, it will help you each have a better understanding of where the other is coming from, which can make differences of opinion easier to live with.

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