Superficially, it might appear that only bosses and line managers have to be aware of how to manage employees. However, in reality, management works both ways.
Some workers have to deal with unruly – or merely stressed – managers who need their expectations, emotions and daily tasks managed for them.
However, not all is lost. If you’re working under a tyrant who just doesn’t understand your priorities, try putting yourself in their shoes and finding out what drives them.
On the next page, we’ve compiled five Forbes recommendations on how to manage your boss.
- Your manager has their own fears
Whilst you might be stressed about meeting your manager’s deadlines, they’ll have their own fears and pressure. Just because they’re a level or two above you, does not mean that they’re immune to pressures – of course, your boss is human too. Bear this in mind when you’re speaking with them.
- Your manager is confused about the goal
With so many people to manage, often your boss might forget the goal of everyone in the team. Remind them, gently, what your priorities are and they’ll be grateful to know that you’re aware and managing your workload. This way, you’ll keep them off your back.
- Your boss needs positive reinforcement too
Again, bosses are also human. Whilst you perform better if your work is noticed and you’re encouraged to be creative and take autonomy, the same happens for your boss. If they do something well, or you find something they’ve tried works for you, tell them how great it was. Not only will it likely improve your relationship but it will ensure that they’re using a system that manages staff as well as they can.
- Say Thank You
Much like the above, if your boss does something for you: say thank you. It’ll do the professional relationship well in the long run.
- Take responsibility
Remember, there are two people in the professional relationship between your boss and you and thus not every part of the success of the relationship rests on them. If you analyse your work, your attitude and how you communicate with them, it can only get better.