Are You In Good With Your Boss Quiz?
Is your relationship with your boss made in heaven, or is it closer to the other place?
Take the following quiz to find out if you are in tight with the top dog or, need to start building your relationship.
Question 1 – Is your boss always looking over your shoulder or, conversely indifferent towards you?
Question 2 – Do you frequently find yourself either excluded from important meetings or are you the last to know in terms of important developments in the company?
Question 3 – Beyond your name and job description, does your boss know anything about you?
Question 4 – Beyond the fact that they are your boss and sign your paychecks, do you know anything about your boss? Do you know about their career aspirations?
Question 5 – Moving to a more personal side, do you engage in conversations that extend beyond the cordial boss/employee talk? Does your boss share extracts from their personal life, as simple as what they did on weekends?
Question 6 – Despite working for your boss for a long time, do you still experience a level of discomfort in one-on-one situations?
Question 7 – Do you feel comfortable going to your boss with a work-related challenge?
What Your Answers Mean . . .
If you answer yes to this question, then your boss either doesn’t trust you to do the job right or, doesn’t care because the work you do has little or no bearing on his objectives.
If you answer yes to this question, then you have successfully blended into to your surroundings. Have you considered a career in camouflage training? You should, because when your boss eventually does find you – and they will – you will likely be the first one they let go with the next budget cut.
Have you heard the old saying that people deal with whom they know, like and trust? If your boss doesn’t know you – and I am not talking about every intimate detail of your life, but at least has some sense of who you are and what you stand for – your values and principles you live by – there is no way that they can like you or will trust you.
To know you is to like you, so if you answered no to this question you better change this pretty quick.
If you answer no, see Question 3. After all, how can you give your best if you have no idea what that best actually means to your boss.
If you answered no, how can you build a closer rapport if you have no idea of what’s important to them on a personal level.
The real question here is not if you do, by why you would.
Despite what your mother told you, not everyone is going to like you, nor are you going to like everyone else.
If you and your boss have not made the connection, even after you have taken the time to follow the points highlighted in this paper, then it might be time to move on because the two of you may not mesh.
However, and in most instances, I have found that the uneasiness or discomfort that usually exists between a boss and an employee dissolves once an effort has been made to better understand your respective working relationship.
Remember, the closer your relationship, the more likely your boss will be willing to champion and sponsor you for career opportunities.
If you answer no, then that says it all.
Whether it is because of a lack of leadership on the part of your boss or, the fact that you just don’t feel that it is worth the effort, not going to your boss with work-related challenges regardless of the reason is bad for both business and your respective careers.
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