Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Another New, Young Boss in My Life'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Another New, Young Boss in My Life'

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Q I know I'm lucky to be working, but in the last few years I've had four bosses - and they seem to be getting younger and younger. I have a lot of experience at my company, so I should be more confident. But I'm finding it hard to get started on the right note with a new boss. Any ideas?

- R.S., Mt. Juliet, TN

A You're not alone in this situation. Here are a few suggestions that could work better with some people than with others. So you'll want to do a little tweaking on your own.

Don't believe everything you hear on the grapevine. And be aware that if you repeat any gossip that may be flying around, chances are good it will find its way back to the new boss.

Be cooperative. Ask if there's anything you can do to make a new boss's first weeks go smoothly. You may have to repeat your offer because some new supervisors, especially younger ones, can be reluctant to ask for or accept help.

Be proactive. Request a meeting to clarify your responsibilities. Make sure your job description fits your new boss's expectations of what you should or shouldn't be doing. But don't expect new people to honor all of the commitments their predecessors may have made. At best, it will take some time to reevaluate these decisions.

Avoid talking about the "good old days. …

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