September 17, 2009

Advice for Visitors Who Need to Get Along With Their Bosses

Gretchen Rubin's, "Ten Tips for Getting Along with Your Mother-In-Law" are easily transformed into tips for getting along with your boss:
  • Spend more time together, because familiarity breeds affection. The more often you see someone, the more tolerable they become (and vice-versa).
  • Act the way you want to feel, because feelings follow actions.
  • Avoid arguing over petty issues. Pettiness isn't polite or welcome and there's no need to make it part of the relationship.
  • Mindfully articulate and follow your own values. If you are comfortable with your own values and decision, criticism from others becomes less hurtful or frequent.
  • Respect the boss's authority. There are some perks that the boss has earned and that should be acknowledged.
  • Protect your own authority. An employee's rights should not be sacrificed simply to maintain peace.
  • Respect others’ priorities. Unless an accommodation violates your deeply held principles, it’s generous to try to respect other people’s priorities – and it sure promotes peace.
  • Consider the workplace and what's best for your co-workers.
  • Focus on the positive and find ways to express that to others.
These tips may be useful in counseling the many visitors who can't stand their bosses. (The Happiness Blog.)

Related post: Opinion of Boss Drives Most Decisions to Quit.

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