Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Know your boss

Life Lessons Know your boss

You and your boss might never be best buds, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good working relationship.

We break down your boss's type and offer ways on how to deal with them.

"Every day I'm in the community talking about why we need to raise money," says Kim Strong, a fundraising guru at a major hospital.

Strong's colleagues love her and her employees respect her. But why?

"I never ask my team to do anything I won't do," she explained.

Not all employers are like Strong, but that doesn't mean you can't work well with each other.

It's important to learn your boss's type in order to be better prepared to work well with them.

If your boss is a straight-shooter it's important to be upfront, and keep e-mails short and to the point.

For the micromanager it's usually a trust issue, so head off your boss's request by anticipating what they want and get it done before they ask.

If your boss is task-oriented, you might want to limit the amount of time you spend around the water cooler.

This might be viewed as goofing off, so staying busy can be the key to gaining their respect.

Every employee needs to manage up; and that includes your boss and your boss's boss.

If you do gravitate to people who do not like their boss, soon your boss won't like you.

So spend your time with people who do like their job and their boss, because they can teach you how to like your job as well.

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