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Have a new boss? Clarify expectations with 3 questions

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Take the guesswork out of a relationship with a new manager by having an up-front conversation about expectations.

No doubt, you’ll need to talk about the nitty-gritty of your everyday tasks. But don’t leave the conversation at that. Get a big-picture snapshot of your role, so you can come to a better understanding with your new boss.

Three questions to start with:

1. “How does what I do help the entire organization?”

2. “What can I expect from you?” Most managers strive to be “available,” but everyone has a different idea of what that means. And a manager’s availability may change as you graduate from newbie to veteran.

3. “What should I expect from my team members?” Employees need to know who does what so work can get done on time and well.

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