The relationship that an employee has with their boss can make or break workplace morale. It is hard to work with someone that you don’t get along with. You don’t have to love your boss, in fact, it’s ok to not even like them, but having a good working relationship is crucial to ensuring that your work days are happy and productive.
Below are some tips for getting – and staying – on your employer’s good side.
1. Remember Your Boss Has Targets and Objectives Too
Even if it feels like you’re the one getting most of the results for the company, everyone is working towards something that should be contributing to a common goal. If you’re getting a lot of pressure from management, it could be because they are also on the receiving end from further up the chain. While your boss having their own targets and KPI’s doesn’t warrant inappropriate, bullying or threatening behaviour (this type of thing should be reported to the HR department) understanding where they are coming from and what they need to achieve can help you both work towards the common goal.
2. Try Not To Be High Maintenance
Obviously there are some things that will need managerial input or assistance, but make sure you’re also able to work autonomously and show initiative if it is something you can resolve without involving your boss. If you do need to seek their help, try to be flexible. Unless it is genuinely urgent, just flag that you’d like to discuss it with them and organise a mutually suitable time.
3. Accept Feedback
Part of your employer’s role is to provide feedback on your work performance. It isn’t easy to hear that somebody wasn’t completely happy with an aspect of your work or thinks you could have done something differently, but take a deep breath in performance appraisals and consider if what they are saying is genuinely constructive feedback before responding on the defensive.
4. Take one for the Team
Where possible, make an effort to be a team player. This isn’t about being a doormat or letting yourself be taken advantage of, but sometimes it is necessary to put your hand up for an arduous task or roll your sleeves up to help a colleague meet a deadline. Not only will this help put you in your employer’s good graces, but it will also make sure your colleagues value your input and contribution to the team as well.
5. Argue Like An Adult
At some point, you’re going to get into a disagreement of opinion with your boss. When it happens, fight fair. Try not to react emotionally or make threats to quit in the heat of the moment. Remain level headed, assertively explain your viewpoint while considering theirs, seek a resolution and move on without holding grudges or sharing the incident with the whole office.
6. Ask for Training
Take an active interest in your career. Becoming more skilled and qualified helps your employer as much as it helps you so if training hasn’t been offered, put forward a proposal. Registered training organisations like HBA Learning Centres offer flexible delivery options (intensive classrooms and correspondence) and can help you to get recognition of prior learning (RPL) if you already know some of the course content.
You spend far too much of your life at work to be unhappy, so taking some proactive steps to ensure good working relationships with management can help to make your work life pleasant.
Are there any tips you would add to help employees and employers get along?