How to Treat a Boss

Communicate regularly with your boss to help maintain a positive working relationship.
Communicate regularly with your boss to help maintain a positive working relationship. (Image: Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

No matter the degree of importance in your job, getting along with your supervisor provides benefits. Day-to-day frustrations may add up in your relationship with your boss, causing it to become strained. Learning how to communicate effectively with your boss will help improve your working relationship. Also, while friendships with employers may occur, understanding how to keep business and personal relationships separate will help you avoid problems at work.

Show respect. Your boss deserves your respect simply because of his role of authority in your life. The Mayo Clinic suggests trying to understand the business from your boss's perspective. He may feel a lot of stress from the employees that he has to manage. Respect the boss's position even if you do not respect the person.

Think before you speak. Frustrations with a boss may cause you to make negative statements without thinking through the consequences. The Therapy Times states that you should not discuss a controversial problem until you have thought about it and time allows for adequate discussion. Avoid choosing a time surrounding a stressful moment.

Maintain boundaries. The boss-friend relationship can get blurred on occasion, according to Avoid sharing intimate details about your life with your boss. Talk with your boss about business goals and how to accomplish things for the company. If the conversation moves into personal territory, direct the discussion back to business.

Improve work ethic. Your boss expects the best possible work from you. If you make your boss look good, this may improve her opinion of you. Work as hard as possible at your job and your relationship with your boss should remain intact.

Communicate quickly. If you experience illness, the death of a loved one or a family emergency, immediately inform your boss. This gives your boss adequate time to replace you in the absence and shows your respect for his time, according to The Mayo Clinic.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid saying negative things about your boss behind her back; this could cause a strain in your relationship if your boss finds out.

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