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Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

Peter Vogt | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Look and Act Professional

Allison Hemming, author of Work It! How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass, and Land a Job in Any Economy and founder of The Hired Guns, a Manhattan-based interim workforce agency, talks about a candidate she recently placed with a major investment bank — quite easily, thanks to the candidate’s background and skills.

“Two weeks into the job, we got a call from her manager, saying that she was doing a terrific job, but that she sometimes dressed inappropriately, in short, short skirts and open-toed shoes,” says Hemming. “The manager asked me to have a chat with the person, because they really liked her and didn’t want her attire to impact her ability to get promoted in the future.”

The new hire was a bit shocked to discover her fashion faux pas were damaging her relationships with her supervisor and colleagues, but she quickly made the necessary changes to her wardrobe, Hemming says.

Demonstrate Initiative

Any new employee can sit around waiting to be told what to do. Why not be proactive enough to figure it out yourself so your supervisor doesn’t constantly have to hold your hand?

“Take initiative to get something done when you see it needs getting done,” says Corey Blanck. “It can be something as simple as taking a stack of files and going through them before you’re asked — anything to show that you’re not beneath the small tasks that take up everyone’s time.”

“Come in early and stay late,” says Stephen Viscusi, author of On the Job: How to Make It in the Real World of Work and a frequent workplace contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “You should be busy whenever you’re starting a new job, learning the ropes, but even when you’re not, perfect the art of looking busy.”

Do Great Work

This might seem like painfully obvious advice for developing a solid relationship with your new boss, but it bears repeating. “Make your boss look good by, guess what — just plain working hard,” says Viscusi. “It’s old-fashioned, but it really works.”

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