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Early in my recruiting career I realized this one simple fact: your relationship with your supervisor is key. Now that I’ve been in the industry over 20 years, I still hold this belief. Your relationship with your immediate supervisor is key to your ongoing success in your job – even more so than your technical proficiency.
As a professional recruiter, I have interviewed thousands of people and heard tens-of-thousands of ‘reasons for leaving’. While only a minority of the reasons for leaving were specifically listed as a bad relationship with the supervisor, this reason can be camouflaged as many other things such as: 1) lay-offs, 2) termination for cause, 3) terminated and no reason given (at-will), 4) terminated for making an error, 5) terminated for attendance or punctuality reasons, and many more. While a good relationship with your supervisor may not save you from being terminated if you have significant work performance issues or if there is a large layoff, it frequently saves people when they need just a little flexibility in their schedule, make an honest mistake, or there is a small reduction in force.
So how do you build a healthy relationship with your supervisor? Keep open communication with them, offer to help out in other areas, maintain a positive attitude, and not least of all, be thankful for your position.
But what if we can’t be friends? You don’t have to be best friends, just have a healthy working relationship. With most people this doesn’t mean you have to participate in all the same activities (happy hour, etc.), but just make sure you are keeping open communication, working hard, and occasionally socializing via lunch or some other avenue.
But what if we really just don’t click? If you truly just don’t ‘click’ and don’t think having a healthy relationship with your supervisor is possible, then you should think about making a change. Possibly an internal transfer to a team where you feel more comfortable, or maybe an external transfer to a new employer. Either way it is better to be in a situation where you have a comfortable working relationship rather than staying in a situation where you just don’t know where you stand.
In summary, do your best to have a good relationship with your boss. It will lengthen your tenure, and ultimately mean more opportunities for you in the future.
I wish you the best in your career.