Thursday, April 20, 2017

10 Ways to Build a Positive Relationship With Your Manager



Have you ever heard the phrase "learn how to manage your manager"? I was confused the first time I heard this. Manage my manager? Shouldn’t he or she be managing me?  As I worked through my college internships and jobs on campus, I tried to understand this concept.

Then I graduated college and entered the real world. I quickly learned that if I was going to be successful in my first year of work, I was going to need a good working relationship with my manager.

I realized that "managing your manager" meant you should build a good relationship with your manager so you have a mutual understanding of success and expectations.


Here is why you should learn how to build a positive relationship with your manager:
  • He or She can help get you to the next role in your career. Or they can hold you back if he or she does not think you are performing in your role.
  • She or He can help you get a balanced work statement. Work is not fun if you’re either overwhelmed or underwhelmed. 
  • She or he can help you pursue development opportunities.

Here are 10 Ways to Build a Positive Relationship With Your Manager

1.   Learn your Manager’s Management Style, then adapt to his or her style
Is your manager a micromanager or completely hands off? Does your manager use intimidation, fear, or threats (coercive style) to manage the team? Or does your manager focus on making people happy and avoid causing conflict (affliative style)? Read more on 6 different management styles here.
Paying attention to how your manager approaches their management style can help you figure out how to adapt to their style.

2.   Learn Your Managers Definition of Success for You and the Team
It’s important to understand and learn what success means to your manager. By learning their goals for the team, you can work to contribute to achieve those goals. For example, if your team's sales goals are to beat last year’s goals by 25%, what are you going to do to help beat that goal?

3.   Communicate Well
My best advice to learning how to communicate well to your manager is to ask your manager how frequently they would like to meet and the form of communication they prefer.
Some managers are only available on phone while other managers prefer face to face meetings for 30 min a week. During my one on one meetings, I give my manager an update of what projects I’m working on, where I’m at on those projects, and if I need any help in areas of my work.

4.   Provide Solutions Not More Problems
Your manager has his or her own work statement and other people to manage. If you see a problem or roadblock at work, don’t be afraid to bring attention to it. More importantly though, work to present a solution with that problem.
Your manager will (hopefully) be appreciative that you’ve thought out the problem and a possible solution. Even if the solution isn’t viable, showing that you are actively trying to resolve issues is a great way to build trust in your manager/employee relationship.

5.   See Your Manager as a Resource
I’ve always turned to my managers as a resource. Whether it’s going to my manager to ask if they know anyone in their network for an informational interview or to learn a new skill, my managers have always pointed me in the right direction. Even if my managers didn’t know the answers, they would connect me with someone who could speak to me about my interests.

6.   Explain How You’re Best Managed: Motivation, Work Style, and Communication
Are you motivated to achieve and tackle new challenges? Are you motivated by power and gaining more influence in the work place? Or are you motivated to belong and be accepted?

How you’re motivated may determine your work style and how you communicate your accomplishments, failures, and areas of opportunities.
               Personally, I’m motivated to achieve. I like to be working on different types of projects and seeing the projects close out to completion. I also really enjoy it when my managers let me perform but are there for me if I need support or coaching.

I’ve had micromanagers before and it drove me crazy. (But I did learn how to manage a micromanager) When it comes to communication, I prefer meeting face to face once a week because I like developing a positive relationship with my manager in person.

7.   Perform Well/ Work hard
Though I inherently feel this way, a mentor once told me that a goal I should have in every job is to be a top performer. Working hard at your job means respecting and meeting deadlines. It means you respond to internal and external customers’ requests at a timely manner and you let your team know when you need help.

8.   Have a Positive Attitude
You’re manager will be more receptive to your requests, suggestions, and feedback if you approach him or her with a positive attitude. Even if you are new to your role or in the process of coming down the learning curve, approaching your manager, team, and statement of work with a good attitude will always be welcomed. Here's a few tips on maintaining a positive attitude.


9.   Make Your Manager Successful
By meeting or exceeding your goals and objectives, you help your manager also meet or exceed their goals. Managers should help set you up for success and you should also help them achieve overall team success.
One thing I strive to do is also be a resource for my manager. I look to see what support she needs in her projects. Sometimes she just needs a different perspective to approach her own projects while other times she needs to offload the project to someone else.

10.   Reiterate Your Understanding
If your manager ask you to complete a task or project, I always advise to repeat back the request. Make sure you are understanding what he or she is asking for so you can create clear goals and objectives. Never assume what he or she needs and always just ask. By reiterating your understanding of the task at hand, you’ll save yourself rework and time.


I hope you enjoyed these 10 tips to build a positive relationship with your manager!


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Please let me know if you have any other career tips you'd like to hear about! Thank you for reading.

Love,
Emma



1 comment :

  1. LOVE this article! This is such an important topic that people don't think about!

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