If you dream of a successful career, it is imperative to invest in good relationships at work, especially with your boss who can enable you to perform to the best of your abilities. Every journey that you take, is done with a destination in mind. When the journey seems pleasurable, reaching your destination seems easy. Having a great rapport with the boss will not only reduce workplace stress and boost morale, but will enhance your career path in the organization, too.
Like all other relationships in our lives, boss-employee relationship demands commitment. The ability to bring out the best in each other can translate into great success. It is the two-way communication that builds a good boss-employee relationship. Some of the ways to ensure that would be:
Meetings – It is important that employees take the initiative to set up individual meetings, throughout the month. This helps the boss know what is going on in the business and shows him/her that you care about the job and are keeping the goals and expectations in mind.
Casual Conversations – Not every conversation has to be about work, and, in fact, you probably don’t want it to be that way. It’s great to be able to talk to your supervisor casually about things other than presentations and client deliverables. Know your boss beyond work. Discuss his/her favourite sport, share what you have been reading and interest your boss with the hobby you have been pursuing lately. Your personality reflects what value you would add to the company.
Active Listening – Along with being a great talker, it is important to be a great listener. Show your boss that you are equally engaged in what s/he is saying during meetings and in your one -on-one interaction. Make eye contact during conversations, be aware of body language, facial expressions and other natural behaviour tendencies. Do not cut your boss off mid-way through sentences. Hear them out, and then share your perspective.
Take Initiative – Employees want leaders who care about their general well-being and who can be depended upon during times of professional hardships. But what employees need to understand is that their bosses want dependable employees as well. Someone who shares their values and vision for the company. Showing the boss that you are excited to take on new projects will help both you and your boss be more successful.
Strive for Open Communication – We all have a specific set of skills that the company values and, often, can offer a different perspective than your boss can. Feeling comfortable enough to disagree with your boss respectfully and have an open line of communication will build a strong working relationship. When presented with a problem, have a solution to the perceived problem, which can be much more proactive.
Never Let Your Boss Be Blindsided – If you suspect that a situation is getting out of hand and is likely to get escalated to the top management, you need to inform your boss. Otherwise, s/he will be completely blindsided by the situation, unprepared to handle it, and likely, not too happy with you. If there’s a resolute effort from both parties to invest in and nurture the relationship, then both employees and bosses are more likely to be engaged and in sync with each other’s goals and expectations.
The equation between bosses and employees is what creates cultural integration, which is the key factor for a successful organisation.
This post is authored by Aditya Malik, a tech-entrepreneur, CEO and MD of Talentedge, one of the country’s new age, technology-driven certified interactive education companies.