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Remember, he's boss, so be sure to learn how he wants you to communicate problems. Does he prefer you put it in writing, arrange a meeting, or just drop-in his office anytime you have a question? Use common sense. If boss is in a bad mood, or otherwise having a bad day, he's probably not in proper frame of mind to listen to any new suggestions, or for you to ask to go home early, take a day off, or get a raise.
Besides consideration for boss's mood, and receptiveness on any particular day to listen to new ideas, employee who thinks he has a good idea for changing an operating procedure, should always re-think his idea through from every angle before presenting it to boss.
You should give your boss feeling of confidence that you're a team player and you want to be one he or she can depend on to make his or her job easier. You should try to figure out what your boss's goals are, then help him to reach those goals through your contributions as a good employee.
Basically, good employee is one who is ready and in mood to go to work at designated time.
- A good employee knows his job, inside and out, and if faced with something new, puts in necessary time on his own, to try and figure things out, then presents options to boss, who decides if any changes in policy or procedures are needed.
- A good employee doesn't take time off except for real illness or emergencies. He's one who does his work, gets job done, and is proud of his contribution to overall success of company he works for. He's one who's ready to help a fellow employee or newcomer without having to be asked to do so.
- A good employee lets boss know that he's completed his work, and is free to assist him or her with special projects. He's one who doesn't camp out at water cooler or coffee machine engaging his fellow workers in idle gossip. He's one who sets up his work area either for person on next shift, or so that he'll be ale to go right to work when he comes in next day.
All of these things and more, are basic ingredients to definition of a good employee, and being a good employee is best way of getting along with boss! The practice of good human relations and displaying virtues of ideal employee, requires constant use of one's common sense for ultimate success. On needs to be aware of boss's sensitivities, and eccentricities. If he bristles at any hint of criticism of how he does things, he needs a subordinate who'll be willing to work under less then ideal conditions.
So, bottom-line to getting along with any boss is first be a good employee yourself. Master human relations. Understand that your boss is a human being just like yourself - with a job to do, and bosses of his own to answer to. So do everything you can to make his or her job easier. It will go a long way to making your job easier and having a good working relationship with boss!
If you can master all important "people skills," someday you may enjoy power and prestige of being boss, and enjoying all perks and other trappings of being in charge!
Article by Jay Harris of IMI Concepts. Visit his website http://www.home-job-alert.com