In any workplace, people are always coming and going. Whether it’s you, your co-workers, or your boss, there are always adjustments to be made. It’s important to understand how to handle all of these situations.
When it’s your boss who heads out the door, you have to learn how to deal with the person who takes over the position. No matter if you were upset or happy to see your old boss go, you need to accept the replacement with an open mind. You need to be ready to deal with change in your workplace. There are four key steps you must take to establish a relationship with your new boss.
1. Delete all of your current expectations
The first step in dealing with a new boss is to get rid of all of your immediate assumptions and expectations. This new person might be worse than your previous boss, or they may be exceptional. You won’t know which category he or she will fall under until you start working together, so get rid of your current opinions.
Something to expect any time you get a new boss is they will make changes. You need to accept this now, rather than trying to fight the inevitable. These changes could be great, so you need to give them a chance.
View this new situation as a fresh start. You won’t know how it will affect your workplace until you see it happen. Put your old boss out of your mind and embrace the progress.
2. Discuss new expectations with your boss
The next step is to establish new expectations through a conversation with your boss. As soon as you can, set up a meeting with your new boss to find out what is expected of you and to explain what you expect in return.
Ask lots of questions until you are very clear on your role in the workplace. What does your new boss want to accomplish? How can you contribute to those goals? When should those goals be fulfilled? How will you be evaluated?
In this meeting, you should also find out how your new boss prefers to communicate. Do they prefer in-person meetings, emails, instant messages, phone calls, or something else?
It’s also a good idea to schedule a follow-up meeting in a week or two in order to be sure you’re fulfilling each other’s expectations. Do this a few more times down the road to ensure everything is going well. Communication will be extremely important to ensure a smooth transition.
Remember, with a new boss come new ways of doing things. It’s essential to accept all new methods and ideas. You’re not getting your old boss back, so move on. Show your new boss some respect. Keeping a positive attitude about any changes made will put you in the good graces of your new boss. Being receptive will only help your career in the long run.
Once you know what is expected of you, accomplish at least one of your new goals fairly quickly. You need to show your new boss you are efficient and reliable. Get things done before their deadlines to make a strong first impression.
The important thing is to keep communication between you and your new boss as open and frequent as possible. You need to constantly check to be sure you are on the same page, at least for a little while. Until things become routine, ask lots of questions and meet to review expectations.
You should also help your new boss out with the transition. If something they do doesn’t make sense to you, ask them why they chose to do it that way instead of another way. Your new boss is probably nervous about their new role, so help out when you can. Small pieces of advice for navigating your workplace will be appreciated.
What it comes down to is your relationship with your new boss will affect the future of your career. They can help you succeed, or they can see to it that you fail. If you are open to change and accept them into their new role, hopefully your boss will return the favor by helping you in the future. So, don’t get hung up on a fear of change. Embrace it.