Build a Strong Relationship with Your New Boss

Your boss has more impact than any other person on your success or failure at work. When starting a new job, it pays to invest in this relationship. Here’s how to get off on the right foot:

  • Don’t stay away. Even if she gives you a lot of freedom, resist the urge to take it. Get on your manager’s calendar regularly to communicate any issues you’re facing and gather her input.

  • Don’t run down a checklist. Assume she wants to focus on the most important things you’re trying to do and how she can help. Focus on no more than three things in each meeting.

  • Clarify expectations early and often. Start during the interview process then check in regularly to make sure they haven’t shifted.

Adapted from The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded.

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