Indiana Tech Alumni, Donors, & Friends: Featured Stories: November 2010
From the Career Center
In this month's copy of the Tech Aluminati, the Indiana Tech Career Center, with assistance from our friends at Women’s Link web site, outlines five ways to build a stronger relationship with your boss, a key to thriving in your current position.
Written by: Mike Peterson, alumni director / November 2010

Five ways to build a stronger relationship with your boss

No one has a bigger impact on your career than your direct supervisor (other than yourself, of course!). That’s why it’s critical that you build a strong relationship that ensures your boss is on your side. We understand that this is easier to do with some bosses than others. But we guarantee that no matter what your boss is like, if you follow these 5 steps, your relationship with your boss will be stronger than ever before!

1. Find out your boss’s priorities and objectives

If you don’t know what your supervisor is trying to accomplish, how can you make sure that you’re helping? Knowing your boss’s objectives and priorities is the most crucial step to building a strong relationship. If you’re working on multiple projects, make sure you know exactly which ones are most important to your supervisor and prioritize your time appropriately.

2. Proactively adapt to your boss’s management style

It can be a challenge working with someone whose work and management style is the complete opposite of your own! If you love a lot of autonomy and your boss is a micromanager, it can be stressful for you both. It can be just as stressful if you prefer a ton of direction and feedback but your supervisor just wants to be able to hand you a project and know that it’ll get completed. Once you’ve identified your boss’s style, accept that he or she probably isn’t going to change dramatically. So, be as flexible as you can to show support for your boss’s preferred working style.

To read the rest of the tips, please visit the Women's Link web site.

This information has been provided by the Indiana Tech Career Center. For more information, contact Cindy Verduce, Director of Learning Support Services and Career Planning and Development, at

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