Improve your relationship with your boss by finding out how he or she prefers to work. How do you determine his or her preferences? Request a meeting and ask these questions:
- Ask about style. Questions like “How frequently do you prefer updates?” or “How involved would you like to be?” can help you determine if he or she is more hands-off or a micromanager. Over time, continue to note how much detail your supervisor likes to know.
- Ask about communication preferences. Ask how your boss likes to receive reports. Does he or she like to go over them together or receive them in an email? Are face-to-face meetings and updates preferred or emails? Those questions can also help you determine how accessible he or she plans to be. Observe how others successfully communicate with your boss for further insight.
- Question expectations. Ask about expectations specific to your job function. Glean as much detail as you can from day one.
— Adapted from “Influencing Upward: The Skill You Need to Get Ahead,” The Muse, www.forbes.com.