How to deal with your boss

The way you interact with your boss can make or break your career. You have to be very thoughtful and act appropriately to avoid extreme situations. Here are some simple ways of dealing with a boss.

Know your boss

Every person may land in his dream job or other one day. But this does not mean that everything is perfect and comfortable around. Sometimes, you may have to deal with a difficult boss or a colleague. If you are lucky, you may have the company, assistance and guidance of a perfect boss. Before taking your boss for granted, it is a good idea to know him well. If you are able to understand him properly, you will be able to do your job well. A perfect boss may be there to guide you and provide you with all the assistance needed to complete the tasks assigned to you. When you have done the job well, he may even take time to appreciate you. At the same time, there are difficult-to-deal-with bosses, who are very demanding and rude. Try to identify the problems of such bosses and act accordingly so that you can reduce the friction between you two and work smoothly.

Treat him with respect

Your boss is your boss because he has more experience and knowledge in that particular field than you. He can assist you in completing your tasks by providing valuable guidance. It is therefore your duty to treat him with respect all the time. Respect his position and his experience that he has gained from his life and work. There are so many things that you can learn from him by interacting with him constantly. By distancing him, you are only preventing yourself from understanding so many things related to your job and career. So, be open and learn as much as possible from him. Whatever knowledge you gain from your boss will be helpful to you in one way or another. When you treat him with respect, there is no way for him to react in a different manner. You get what you give.

Communication is vital

Communication is one of the best ways to keep in touch with your boss and get his guidance in all your tasks. Find time to talk to him and listen to him. Understand his responsibilities and goals. If you have come with some new strategies or ideas to achieve the goals, communicate to him immediately. Tell him how you are going to work so that it can help him in achieving his goals. This will help you create a positive work atmosphere. Always choose the right words and right time to express your feelings and thoughts to him. At the same time, you need to ensure that you are not interrupting his work too often. Communicating with your boss can help you to solve all kinds of problems easily. When you have a good relationship with your boss, you will be able to perform better.

Ask for feedback

Getting a feedback from your boss can help you to know about yourself and take the necessary measures to improve your work quality. Ask your boos to give you a feedback on various aspects such as your workplace behavior, performance and overall contribution. What are the things that you have to change or improve so that you will be able to focus better on your tasks, what kind of attitude you should have etc. Listen to what he has to say and follow his advice sincerely. A perfect boss will always be remembered even if you have worked only for a short period.

Manage negative thoughts

Every day may not be the same. Even if you are in a difficult situation, you have to remain cool and manage your negative thoughts. Negative thoughts usually lead to destructive actions. So try to avoid negative thoughts as much as possible, especially in your work place. If there is a critical problem, stop feeling bad about it and try to find out ways to solve the problem. Communicate your concerns with your boss and other colleagues. They may be able to give you some useful feedback to deal with the problem. Even if you are frustrated or angry, speak up with your friends. They may come up with some strategy to deal with the situation. Avoid indulging in hurting yourself or abusing others for the problem. Understand the problem well and take the necessary actions to solve it instead of fretting about it.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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