9 Tips To Working Better With Your Boss

If youíre employed or in the process of looking for a job, youíll probably be dealing with your boss on a regular basis. Your relationship can greatly affect your career advancement, salary, and overall mental well-being. Thereís no way around them, and itís in your best interest to put most superlative foot forward and learn how to deal and handle them with ease. Below you will find some suggestions that Financejobz.com believes may improve your relationship with your boss, or at least understand them better.

1. Keep in mind that your boss may be of help sometimes. Whether your boss has good management skills or not; he may have insightful advice for you to utilize on the job. Thereís much to learn from a bad boss- just remember, odds are they didnít get their job simply from their looks. Even the worst of bosses have word of wisdom or two.

2. Know and understand your bossís expectations. Your relationship is symbiotic- meaning that if youíre successful in your job, so is your boss. Both of you rely on each other to accomplish tasks at hand, and your boss may have his/her boss come down on them if you fail to meet goals that were established. And we all know where the ax is going to fall if that happens- right at your neck.

3. Meet your bossís expectations. Tip number two and this one go hand in hand. If you fail to accomplish the goals and objectives your boss has placed upon you, you have no one to blame but yourself. If the task is too obtuse for one person to handle or the assignment is unrealistic in nature, itís up to you to approach your boss, enlighten him/her on your predicament, and either suggest an alternative or ask for advice on how to complete your job. Bosses across the nation would never begrudge an employee for occasionally checking on their performance status. Itís a great way to find out if youíre performing where your boss needs you to be.

4. Keep yourself squared away. Bosses hate nothing more than an employee thatís high maintenance. They will grow to question your ability and skill if they have to check your work continuously. Theyíd appreciate an employee they can depend on in a crunch, and understand if you make the occasional mishap- itís going to happen and does so to everyone. Be the employee who doesnít need to be told what to do at every turn, and take responsibility for achievements as well as trouble areas.

5. Be up front with your boss. If youíve made an error or totally tanked on a project, then fess up immediately with a plan of action to rectify the problem if possible. You donít want the news to reach them from one of your co-workers; or even worse- their boss or a client. This also applies to successful tasks and good news that will improve your bossís job and work.

6. Give your boss ďpropsĒ in your success. When you receive accommodations for work well done, itís not the time to say that you worked damn hard with no thanks to your boss. Recognize them for their contributing factor in your triumph- even if it was so minute you canít recognize it. If your boss is truly the ogre who barks commands and never lifts a finger to help, then now is not the time to address that.

7. Donít get personally involved in your work. Easier said than done for some of us. However, when your work gets criticized you take it as a personal attack. By allowing your personal feelings to take over your professionalism, your work may start to lack- you may question your ability and produce less than stellar work. Just remember, your bossís success is directly linked to your getting the job done right and competently. Not all bosses are able to recognize this, but they wouldnít assign something to you they didnít think you could accomplish. So, get it done right the first time- just the way they want it.

8. Donít make your boss look like a schmuck. Upstaging them is one of the quickest ways to professional suicide. Correcting them in public as well as pointing out their faults will lead them to resent you. If they believe they misspoke during a presentation, but truly havenít, then you can point out that they were correct the first time. Any other situation could land you in hot water.

9. Handle your boss if needed. Itís horrible to think that you may have to manage or handle your boss, but it happens a lot. Itís a definite if youíre looking to climb the ladder quicker then most. Manipulation in the good of the job isnít the most professional method to get what you want. But folks do it everyday- especially if their boss is less than desirable. Whatís better is to take the initiative, look for opportunities that will pull you away from the rest of the pack. Suggest a new S.O.P. and explain how it would benefit the business as a whole. Go further in asking his assistance to redirect upper management from saying no until you can prove itís successful. This way your keeping the boss in the loop even you if really arenít. Ö