Magazine article Work & Family Life

'I've Had Three Bosses in Two Years.'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'I've Had Three Bosses in Two Years.'

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Believe it or not, I've had three bosses in the past two years and I feel another one "coming on." I should be more confident, given my experience, but I still find it hard-especially to get started on the right note.

New Haven, CT

Here are some ideas that may sound familiar, but try them again. They could work better with some people than others. And don't forget that you're growing and changing with each new situation too.

Ignore rumors. Don't believe everything you hear. It will only make it harder to form a positive relationship. And if you repeat any gossip, you can be sure it will find its way back to your new supervisor.

Be cooperative. Offer your help in making his or her first few weeks go smoothly. You may have to repeat the offer because some new bosses are reluctant to ask for or accept support.

Be proactive. Request a meeting so you can clarify your responsibilities. Make sure that your job description fits his or her expectations of what you should or shouldn't be doing. Don't expect a new manager to honor all the commitments his or her predecessor made. At best it will take some time to reevaluate these decisions. …

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