HOW CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE?
Socialising with your boss is fine, says Julia, but here are some guidelines: Be professional To be safe, always maintain a semi-professional relationship no matter where you are with your boss. That includes how you deal with her on social media – don’t post wild party photos or silly comments that can mar your professional image. Keep conversations light and avoid encroaching on anything too personal.
aware of how you’re connected Apart from your professional connection, you and your boss may be linked personally – though friends or family. So don’t talk about your sex life in the office pantry, and refrain from discussing your job performance while having a drink out on the town. Be transparent Don’t ask for favours or do something that may make you seem like you’re “sucking up”. These could lead to allegations of professional misconduct that could jeopardise your career.
The persona Having an attitude of “It’s not my department” and thinking that you should just focus on your own job will net you more minus than plus points with your peers and boss. On the other hand, going the extra mile could help you get ahead in your job. Cultivate it! Being helpful makes you a team player. It also makes people more likely to follow you when you’re promoted. Susan suggests showing initiative by asking your boss how else you can help.
If you’re a manager, helping others do their job better helps them to help you, Julia adds. This may mean investing time and energy in your staff in the short term, but it will pay off in the long run. When you achieve something, make sure you share the credit. If you help others without expecting anything in return, people are more likely to show their gratitude by returning favours and giving rewards.