4 ways to build a better relationship with your boss

10/7/2010 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Workforce

"Undermanagement" is a common problem in the workforce, and it's damaging productivity and morale, Bruce Tulgan writes. He shares his tips for getting the right kind of attention from your boss, including several traps to avoid. Among them: The notion that you should be loyal to your boss in the hopes of advancing with her. "This approach is stuck in the outmoded view that supervisory relationships are simple, fixed, long-term and hierarchical. Most supervisory relationships today are often complex, shifting, short-term and transactional, so employees need to be prepared to adapt to the many bosses they are likely to have over time," Tulgan writes.

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