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If there is one professional relationship to truly invest in, it’s the working relationship you have with your supervisor. A great rapport with your boss can lead to a pleasant work environment, promotions and recommendations for special projects, and gaining a trusted friend/mentor. Whether you’re new to a company or just looking to strengthen your relationship with your current supervisor, we’ve got some great tips for you!

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You can be from Venus and your boss can be from Mars, but if you two can establish common ground then you’re golden. Whether it’s basketball, your kids’ extracurricular activities, or the latest New York Times best seller, find something to talk about outside of work. You’re both human with interests and lives outside of work so talk about them. If you can establish an amicable relationship with your boss, they’re more inclined to have your back when it comes to annual reviews with you and their superiors as well.

Take the time to learn your supervisor’s management style and incorporate your work style that can co-exist. Ask what is needed of you and also tell your supervisor what you need from them in order to be successful. Remember, closed mouths don’t get fed. The key is to become so valuable at what you do that your boss (and the company) do not want to lose you. This can result in pay raises, promotions, and autonomy on your work projects.

The best employees do not sit around and wait to be told what to do for every single task; they do what needs to be done. Take the initiative to get your work done without being told to do it. In addition to supervising you, your boss has their own job to do. You want a boss who is confident enough in your abilities to give you task because they know it will be done on time and to the standards they have established.

Incorporating these tips into your life with your boss and even your fellow colleagues is sure way to improve your work relationships.

Written By: Taylor Johnson

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