Managing Your Boss and Creating a Positive Relationship

Your boss finds your passion for your work compelling, Advocate. That said, it’s important to channel your energy and enthusiasm so they don’t overwhelm those around you or undermine the argument you are presenting. (More on this in Part One: Getting Along with Colleagues and Getting Ahead at Work.) Below, three ways to ensure that you make your case. Want more career inspiration? Click here to see more ArcheGuides.

While eating organically or ridding the world of excess plastic are both laudable causes, if your passion is not shared by your boss, your outspoken allegiance to it is likely to make her uncomfortable… at best. You’ll do more to further your point of view by walking your walk than talking your talk.

It’s easy for you to get caught up in the emotional aspects of negotiating for time off, raises, and so forth, but doing so detracts from your argument. Instead, be prepared to present the facts and figures that support why your request is justified. So instead of “But I’ve worked a ton of overtime!” you would say, “Over the past six months, I’ve put in [X amount] of overtime.”

While it’s your instinct to get on the barricades, there are moments — and there are moments. Popping into your boss’ office (or bombarding him with emails) each time you perceive an injustice, see an opening, or have an ‘aha!’ moment, is exhausting. Instead, keep a list, make an appointment, prioritize your concerns/questions/ideas, and make one surgical strike.