It’s only normal that we seek approval from our managers…Right? We want to win over our bosses, it’s an expected part of the job as we try to advance careers.
However one major problem is, most people really don’t know what is expected of them, about 50% to be exact.
It can be very intimidating for an employee to not know what is expected of them or exactly what their job involves. Job descriptions can be vague and certainly doesn’t describe the work or how to do it.
There really needs to be a better way to understand what is expected of you but for now you just might need to take it into your own hands.
It would be great if managers would have all expectations clearly laid out for new employees, but when they don’t there is something team members, new or old can do about it…
Try these eight important questions you can ask your boss, so you can align with them and get a better understanding of their expectations:
- Since managers aren’t always clear with their goals, in order to help you understand where your boss’s goals are headed for themselves and for you, ask them “What’s the most important accomplishment you hope to achieve in your current position”? This will give you insight into your manager’s immediate motivation.
- Asking your boss, “What are your career goals” will help you understand why they make certain decisions and give you better insight as to their goals and their management decisions.
- If you ask your boss about their boss, “What are the most important things your boss cares about”? you will get a better understanding for the higher-level goals within the company.
- Try asking your boss…”What can I do to make you more successful today”? You should ask this on a regular basis and your boss will know you are truly dedicated to the company.
- If you are having trouble understanding your boss’s expectations for you, ask them “What’s the one thing I can do differently”?
- “What should I know about your management style”? This is a very direct question but it just might give you some understanding on what to expect and how to deal with it.
- “How would you like to receive feedback from me”? If you learn early on how your manager likes to receive feedback things will go much more smoothly.
- We are often so excited when we are offered a new job, but it is important to ask “Why did you hire me”? You will be a better team member when you understand exactly why your boss thought you’d be an asset to the company.
By spending some time and asking these questions, you’ll be able to help build your professional relationship with your manager.
It most definitely will be a little nerve-racking at first, but just give it a try. As you build a better relationship and connection with your boss, you’ll stop seeing your them as a hurdle and start seeing him or her as an vital part of your shared success.
How do you align yourself with your boss’s expectations?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy
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