The list of reasons why some people dislike their boss can be extensive. From neglecting employees’ feelings and concerns to setting unrealistic expectations, there are many potential weaknesses that firm leaders can suffer from. But the success of a firm depends on managers and employees having mutual respect. Having a superficial relationship with a manager is one of the most common reasons why employees don’t advance in their job. So, it’s important to build a strong alliance with your boss and the people that you work with because it helps boost office morale, communication, and productivity. Below are some tips to improve your relationship with your boss and set yourself on the road to professional success.

Request Individual Meetings Regularly

One of the best ways to show your boss that you are passionate about your job is to set up meetings with them at least once a month. Don’t automatically assume that your boss is too busy to meet with you. It’s important to take the time to discuss current projects and new ideas that you want to share. Suggest a one-on-one meeting outside of the office at a coffee shop, or even a walking meeting at a nearby park to promote an easier flow of conversation between you.

Show Innovation

Pro hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said it best, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” You will never get a chance to show what you are truly capable of unless you take the initiative on a new project. Sharing your expertise in 3D modeling technology, green building materials, or artificial intelligence can show your boss that you’re ready for more responsibilities. Let them know your architecture career goals to open the door to upcoming projects that might be a good match for your skills.

Important Caveats

Remember, there is a fine line between being friends with your boss and taking advantage of the relationship for special treatment. Employees should always respect the boundaries that separate personal and professional relationships with management. Social media should be used with caution to avoid becoming too familiar with your boss. They are your boss foremost, and friend second.

Concentrate on improving communication with the leaders in your organization by suggesting regular meetings to discuss goals and expectations. Do discuss what’s trending around the industry, new products, services, etc., to show that you want to grow with the company. Don’t exploit the relationship for preferential treatment.


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