As employees, we don’t even dare to think about managing our managers because it may bring unwanted attention to us. Managing our work and relationships with other employees is hard, especially when you have to team up with them during projects. Adding something new to manage may disable them from enjoying their work life.

While it is understandable that we don’t dream of managing our managers, it is also important to hear the manager’s side and manage your relationship with them. But how can one go about managing their managers? Could it really be done?

Down below are tips on how you can manage your manager and slowly build a strong relationship with them:

Understand Where Your Manager Is Coming From

Every manager tackles work differently, from what goals they want their team to focus on, what issues they are facing, their strengths and weaknesses, to their preferred work ethic. Once you know the answers, take your time to learn about your outlook on work because once you do, you will realize why your managers act in a certain way. It would then help you find ways to meet their expectations and make your work easier.

Don’t Reform Them

Please don’t force yourself to reform them because your managers are not perfect. They also have their strengths and weaknesses, and it will take time to remedy them. It is more productive on both ends if you focus on the strengths and build momentum from there.

Always Do Your Research

Even at work, you can benefit from doing your research in advance, especially when it comes to the tasks you have to deal with. By showing that you understand your assignments and can immediately handle them without additional instructions, your manager will know that you are doing your best and you deserve to be commended!

Build A Strong Relationship

Managing your manager doesn’t mean you should curry up to them and be their “favourite” employee. You shouldn’t slave away your time doing overtime or accepting every task their order. Instead, treating your manager like someone you can get to know and build a positive relationship with would be best. You will see a tremendous difference in how they treat you.

Bring Your 100% At Work

When it comes to bringing your A-game to work, it doesn’t just mean you should be at work early or get your tasks completed on time. It would help if you also showed that you are working on your long-term goals in your spare time, and you can get advice from your manager, who will then help you take the next step to achieve it.

All of us want a great work-life experience, but to achieve this, every team member should be able to work together in the same space. If you are having trouble with your manager, try the above tips to see if they can improve your situation. Remember, work environments vary, so some of these tips may not work in your case. What is important is that you know the current situation, and you can immediately act to improve it.

Managing your boss is a skill to master but once you have mastered it, your life will be so much easier. Here are some more help:
Giving Constructive Criticism to Your Boss: Do It Right
How to Stop the Boss from Sabotaging You
Bosses who are irritating as hell

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