It can be stressful if you sense that your boss doesn’t like you. Coming to work every day only to feel judged, micromanaged, or disliked can be a horrible feeling. Here are a few things to do if you don’t feel like you and your boss are getting along as well as you might hope.
Get Involved and Make a Connection
Sometimes, you might just be unable to relate to your boss. If they’re significantly older or younger than you or come from a very different background–politically, religiously, socially, culturally, or even from different previous work environments–it can be difficult to make a connection right away.
But most people can come to appreciate one another and relate on a human level if you put in a little effort. Strike up a conversation at a work party, or ask if there’s anything you can do to help out with an upcoming event. Volunteer to help out with the next company picnic, or simply share a few details about your personal life to get to know your boss a little better. You might not ever become close, but at least you’ll be able to relate to each other on a more personal level, which can ease any initial tension over time.
Make Small But Significant Changes
Maybe your boss is an extrovert and you’re more introverted. Or maybe you have a super Type-A boss who notices every detail and values organization, while your previous boss was hands-off as long as the job got done in the end. If you notice there are specific things your boss values, make a few small changes that will help their perception of you immediately.
For example, if your boss hates lateness, make sure you’re punctual. Or if they seem to want to stay abreast of everything you’re doing, update them more often than you normally would. A little can go a long way when it comes to bridging the gap between your work style and someone else’s.
Ask What You Can Do to Improve
If you’re still feeling like something is amiss in your relationship with your boss, you can always simply ask for feedback! Many managers appreciate this, and will be open and honest with you about your work performance. Plus, even if it doesn’t automatically endear you to your boss, they’re more likely to think positively of you if it’s clear that you want to improve and are willing to make changes.