After you’ve spent time crafting your cover letters, sending out what seemed like hundreds of resumes and going on interview after interview, you’ve finally landed the job that you’ve been looking for. And while you’re excited to start something new (and maybe even a little nervous), there’s another important factor to consider. Now that you got your job, how do you make sure to keep it?
Of course, you know the basics- come in on time, put in real effort, show that you’re capable of being both responsible and accountable, but what about something more personal? CareeRealism.com suggests “4 Tips for Connecting with a New Boss” that you might want to consider practicing.
The article begins with a vital fact that many people seem to forget – “Undoubtedly, most of us have gone through some kind of transition with our supervisors. Perhaps the person was recruited away to another company or maybe there was a merger and they got reassigned to another department. Whatever the reason, something important has been lost. When your boss leaves, they take with them that person’s knowledge of your contributions, skills, knowledge, and expertise. And a new boss means a completely blank slate. Your new job is to get to know them, ASAP.” While this might not be in your job description, the article emphasizes, “If they don’t know your value, they could make decisions that don’t factor you in as a valuable asset.”
Here are the 4 top tips the article offers on maintaining a good rapport with a new boss whether you’re new to the company or they are:
“1. Speak up in meetings. If you are always in the background, now is the time to jump in. If you aren’t seen as an active participant on the team, this could be a red flag to a boss who might be surveying the landscape for potential house cleaning later. Be a positive contributor.
2. Set up a one-on-one meeting. If the boss has not done so already, set up a time to meet with them to provide an overview of your work and to allow them to get to know you better. Building connections will also help you both assess your working styles to figure out how you will be able to communicate best. This can lay the ground work for a great collaborative work relationship.
3. Provide regular updates. You don’t need to be a classic ‘brown-noser’ but proactively providing updates on project status or other work you are conducting is one less question or request that the boss has to make. If you reliably turn in work or reports on-time and in an organized fashion, you’ll be perceived as professional and as the department standard.
4. Empower, Educate, and Engage. New bosses don’t necessarily want to admit that they are behind the learning curve in getting acclimated to a new company or division. They are struggling to get caught up with priorities, challenges, and opportunities, while trying to get to know the team that will take them there. Be willing to share in a helpful way to give the new boss the knowledge and tools to get them up to speed as soon as possible. You could gain a very powerful career advocate as a result.”
The article concludes by reminding us, “If you build a reputation as a helpful, friendly resource who is competent in your work and an engaged member of the team, your new boss will see you as an important asset and include you in key projects and potential promotions.”
This is a step that many new hires seem to forget about, but is there anything you can think of that the article left out that might be relevant to making a deeper connection with a new boss?
We thought of one. We also tend to forget another tip that the article left out. Always do your best to remember that even if you don’t see eye to eye on everything all of the time, both the new employee and the boss are people. Human beings that make mistakes, sometimes forget how to communicate professionally and politely, and have other lives outside of work that can become just as hectic and accidentally leak into their professional lives. Always give each other the courtesy of remembering that we are all human and you might find yourself able to make a connection with your boss and co-workers that you didn’t originally think was possible. A little compassion and empathy can go a long way.