Here are the 7 key thing your boss wish you should know. he/she will be happy if you know them very well.
If you think you can read your manager's mind, don't – you really can't. Yes, he may have been in your position at one time, but when he was given the responsibility of a team, he began to see things at a macro level. That's because managers see things that they might not have been exposed to as employees.
Besides making sure they complete their KPI's, managers have to account for your performance too. This creates some amount of ambivalence between you and your manager. Understanding this difference in yours and his thinking can help ease the strain between both of you and enable you to have more insight into his actions and decisions, in turn helping you to perform your job better and create a happy working relationship.
1. Your Attitude Matters As Much As Your Work
You might think that to your manager, delivering great work is all that matters-but attitude and interpersonal skills matter a great deal to him, too. Managers have low tolerance for difficult people, in part because managing a team can be exhausting as it is, and it gets significantly harder when a team member is resistant to feedback, difficult to work with, or just plain unpleasant.
If you regularly question your manager's opinion, give unsolicited advice, complain about the work and your team too much, or act like you own the office, your manager probably considers you a pain to deal with, even if he never says so. That could result in you getting less important work assignments, less flexibility, lower raises, and a higher chance of being laid off for a simple folly -yes, even if your work product is stellar. Because in the end, your office folks are going to believe the exact feedback your manager shares about you.
2. Your Emotions Affect Your Integrity
At work, you must learn to balance your emotions well. Everyone gets frustrated at work at times, but your manager will appreciate it if you can stay calm, rational, and objective, even under stress. You'll have more credibility if you assess people and ideas objectively, rather than letting negative emotions clout your judgment. As a result, you'll find yourself and your opinions being taken more seriously.
Moreover, if you get upset or offended when getting feedback on your work, you'll be making it hard (and painful) for your manager to do his job. Even worse, he might start avoiding giving you important feedback that you need to hear. You need to know what your boss thinks you could be doing better, and you're more likely to hear it if you make it easy for him to tell you.
3. You Can Disagree, But With All Due Respect
Good managers want to hear if you have other insights to offer or if the deadline they set is too tight for a project -but you need to be emotionally intelligent about how you present your input.
The key is to present your opinion calmly and unemotionally-similarly to how you might if you were a third party observing the situation, rather than like someone with a strong emotional stake in the outcome. Tone is really crucial here; it can be the difference between sounding like a collaborative partner in solving a business problem and sounding like a frustrated adversary. And please go easy on the stinker mails; if you are so disturbed by things, instead of cribbing, come up with alternatives to address the problem.
4. Don't Expect Managers To Remember Everything You Tell Them
Have you ever gotten annoyed when your manager appears to have forgotten details of what you explicitly discussed with him earlier? Ever wondered why he can't seem to keep track of the important work you're involved in?
The reality is that managers have to remember a lot of work, and although your work is just a part of it, it doesn't make for all their brain space. They have to keep track of their own work, plus the basics of what their whole team is doing, so it doesn't make sense to get irked if you need to remind them of context or a key detail. It doesn't mean that your manager doesn't care about your work; rather, the reality is it's not practical or even possible to keep tabs on what every employee is doing every day.
5. Take Feedback The Right Way, Even When It is Hard To Take
It obviously pinches to hear that you're not doing well enough, but imagine if your manager never bothered to tell you: You wouldn't progress in your career or get valuable raises and would never be prepared to tackle big work challenges. Understand that managers don't give feedback to make you feel bad or put you down; they do it because they want you to do well at your work-both for their sake and your own.
That's why it becomes especially difficult for a manager to encounter a team member who becomes defensive or bitter in response to negative feedback. Although it is not easy to take criticism calmly, remember that you're not in a courtroom and this isn't a life and death game where you have to defend yourself; what your manager really wants to hear is that you're processing his feedback and incorporating it into your work. Just sign off saying something like, "I'm glad you're telling me this. I'll do X and Y going forward to address it."
6. Be Honest:
While answering questions, be honest about your shortcomings. This will not make your boss feel you're incompetent. It will familiarise him with your problems and will help him arrange for training in the particular skill that you haven't mastered yet.
7. Be Receptive To Criticism:
It is a common tendency to get defensive when your boss criticises you for unpunctuality or for low target scores. Your boss is not accusing you! He's just pointing out areas of improvement. Listen to him patiently and ensure you make positive changes, leaving him with no reason to complain in the next appraisal meet.
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