No matter where you work, it’s likely that you have a boss that manages you. What you may not realize is that not only does your boss manage you, but you can manage him or her as well. Being able to positively manage up can make your life at work easier and happier, but it has other benefits as well. A good manager can advocate for you to get the opportunities you want, whether it’s being put on a new project or getting a promotion.
Here are three hacks that will help you manage your boss.
Make your boss successful.
Whether it’s explicitly stated or not, one of the primary reasons you were hired was to help your boss—and your company—succeed. Even if it’s not in your job description, it should be a major part of your job.
This means different things in different workplaces. In some departments, the best thing you can do for your boss might be to increase sales numbers or boost earnings. In other offices, managers look to employees to generate new ideas. Some managers need employees to help them with daily tasks like staying organized. No matter what field you are in, you can find ways to make your boss look good. And that could help you in the long-run, too. And if your boss rises through the ranks, you’re more likely to move up as well.
Share feedback—as long as it’s constructive.
No matter how great your team is, there will always be hiccups and pain points. Good managers want to hear about any problems from their employees, but they also want to be able to take action to correct them.
When you share a problem with your manager, think of a solution or two to suggest. Even if the solutions aren’t perfect, it will show your boss that you’re thinking critically and give him or her some ideas to work with.
Keep them in the loop.
Clear lines of communication with your manager are essential. Bosses don’t like surprises. Keep them informed of how you’re spending your time. That way, they can help guide you to make sure you’re focusing on areas that are important for the company. Plus, it will let them show off all the great work you’re doing.
And if you get stuck on a project, don’t be afraid to talk through the challenges with them. Your first instinct might be to solve every problem before your boss even hears about it, but many bosses would happily offer their advice and guidance. You’ll grow more quickly by learning from their experience.
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